The Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Mark Green, sought to articulate the Trump administration's vision for development assistance during remarks before a large audience of development stakeholders. He contrasted the US approach as an alternative to the Chinese model of development, which he referred to as the "authoritarian approach".
In his remarks at a tribute dinner in which he was honored, Green said, “[o]ne approach, the authoritarian approach, is really predatory lending dressed up as assistance. It lures borrowers with promises of easy money but then straddles them with unsustainable levels of debt. Our approach — the American approach — on the other hand, moves countries from being recipients, to partners, to fellow donors. It’s based upon the notion of a hand up, not a handout, and it helps position countries to grasp their own future.”
Green also touted the role of transparency in the US approach, pointing to US rankings in the Aid Transparency Index, which ranked 45 major donors in 2018. The Millennium Challenge Corporation ranked 5th, USAID ranked 16th, and China came in "dead last", Green said.
News article - Devex