USAID Transforms

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In places like Darfur, building resilience may seem premature. Investing in their future can help reduce suffering down the road and hasten that day when humanitarian assistance isn’t needed anymore. / Amin Ismail, UNAMID
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USAID Transforms

Thirty years ago, I began my career in international development, and quickly saw that USAID transforms.

As a school teacher in rural Kenya, I saw USAID transform my students’ lives by providing them with the food they needed to learn and grow.

As a Congressman, I saw USAID transform the future of global health by building the framework of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the President’s Malaria Initiative.

When I was U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania, I saw USAID transform an unstable environment, advance democracy, and promote peace.

And as USAID Administrator, I have the privilege of seeing, each and every day, how USAID is helping to transform the world — whether by preventing the next global epidemic, responding to a devastating earthquake, or helping a farmer access the tools she needs to grow her business.

I met with a group of women from the Self-Employed Women’s Association in Delhi. They are working to provide vocational training to disadvantaged women across the country and with USAID, they’re helping train more than 3,000 low-income women in Afghanistan. / Photo courtesy of the U.S. Embassy in India

I met with a group of women from the Self-Employed Women’s Association in Delhi. They are working to provide vocational training to disadvantaged women across the country and with USAID, they’re helping train more than 3,000 low-income women in Afghanistan. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Embassy in India)

believe that the purpose of foreign assistance must be to end the need for its existence. Our goal should be transformed lives — countries, communities and people that are self-reliant and prosperous.

We know that this is possible because we’ve seen it happen. USAID has incredible stories of how it has helped transform the world by:

In the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing stories through our new #USAIDTransforms campaign. I hope you’ll be as inspired by them as I have been.

Learn more by exploring usaid.gov and following @USAID on your social-media channels. You can also use the hashtag #USAIDTranforms to share your own stories with us and with people around the world.

About the Author: Mark Green is the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Follow him @USAIDMarkGreen on Twitter.

Editor's Note: This entry originally appreared in USAID's 2030: Ending Extreme Poverty in This Generation publication on Medium.com.