Who's who in #globaldev: August 2017 appointments

Jane Connors, newly appointed United Nation’s first victims’ rights advocate. Photo by: Jean-Marc Ferré / U.N. / CC BY-NC-ND

Almost three months after his nomination, Mark Green was finally confirmed in early August as the new administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Green’s confirmation has received positive remarks among members of the U.S. aid community, which has been grappling with uncertainties surrounding U.S. foreign assistance. They acknowledged, however, the challenge ahead for the new USAID chief.

USAID chief Mark Green's first day at the office

The newly confirmed administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development spoke to his colleagues at the agency's headquarters Monday and told them what kind of administrator they can expect him to be.

In a roundtable with reporters mid-August, Green, just on his second week in the role, already had to deal with a bombardment of questions relating to how his agency will address climate change issues.

Since taking office, U.S. President Donald Trump has emphasized an “American first” rhetoric and has proposed deep cuts to U.S. foreign affairs spending, which includes closure of several USAID missions around the world. One of Trump’s decisions in his first few months in office was also to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.