Policy Update

USAID Administrator faces criticism; former Administrator calls for strong WHO

Mark Green, former Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has spoken out about the need for a strong World Health Organization and for the US to provide strong leadership in world affairs. His comments came partly in response to the exclusion of USAID from the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Meanwhile, the current acting Administrator, John Barsa, has been the subject of a number of management criticisms. There have been strong concerns about the slow pace of COVID-19 funding decisions and the tying of aid flows to restrictions on the purchase of health commodities for COVID protective equipment. There have also been a number of controversial political appointments made by the White House since Green's departure. These appointments have not only been criticized by USAID career staff, but House Foreign Affairs Democrats sent a letter to Barsa calling for one staffer to be fired. Similar calls were made in the hearing before the same committee, where Barsa appeared to defend the USAID budget request for FY2021.

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