Is this the next leader of USAID?

Alfonso E. Lenhardt, former United States ambassador to Tanzania. Photo by: United States Department of State

Will Alfonso Lenhardt lead the world’s largest bilateral aid agency?

Lenhardt, President Barack Obama’s choice to serve as the U.S. Agency for International Development’s deputy administrator, testified on his nomination before the U.S. Senate on Thursday afternoon.

“If confirmed, I will devote a substantial part of my portfolio to ensuring that USAID maximizes its impact for every dollar it spends,” stressed Lenhardt, who also hinted that strengthening USAID’s management, operations, and systems would be his focus at the agency.

If confirmed by the Senate for the number two spot at USAID, Lenhardt would assume acting leadership of the agency should Administrator Rajiv Shah step down without another administrator being appointed to take his place.

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