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.
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 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:
- Providing humanitarian assistance;
- Promoting global health and global health security;
- Supporting global stability;
- Empowering women and girls; and
- Catalyzing innovation and partnership.
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.
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.