Enterprise-driven development: A conversation with US Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green

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On Wednesday, US Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green spoke at AEI about the agency’s new private-sector engagement policy. Administrator Green outlined the goals of the program and the role of the private sector in fostering local ingenuity and innovation. He also discussed the importance of fostering self-sufficiency and of the judicious use of aid in both development and diplomacy to advance US national and humanitarian interests. Sarah Glass, also of USAID, provided the background for the policy and explained how her department will work to implement the policy on a daily basis.

The event concluded with an audience Q&A that covered past successes and failures of USAID’s efforts around the world and lessons learned for this new initiative.

— Wilson Shirley

Event Description

The future of international development is enterprise driven. Private enterprises are often the driving force behind new innovations that solve intractable problems, and business investment generates tax revenues that communities need to support infrastructure improvements and social services. Engaging the private sector in international development is also essential in building access to strong trading and investment partners, growing the consumer base for American products, and establishing a level, competitive playing field across industries.

Please join AEI for a special event with US Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green, marking the launch of USAID’s new private-sector engagement policy. The policy calls on the agency and its partners to collaborate with the private sector and seek market-based approaches across all areas of its work — including economic growth, energy, agriculture, global health, gender equality, education, and crisis and conflict.

Join the conversation on social media with @AEI on Twitter and Facebook.

If you are unable to attend, we welcome you to watch the event live on this page. Full video will be posted within 24 hours.


10:15 AM

10:30 AM
Stan Veuger, AEI

10:35 PM
Panel discussion

Sarah Glass, US Agency for International Development
Mark Green, US Agency for International Development Administrator

Stan Veuger, AEI

11:15 AM

11:30 AM

Event Contact Information

For more information, please contact Wilson Shirley at [email protected], 202.862.5826.

Media Contact Information

For media inquiries or to register a camera crew, please contact [email protected], 202.862.5829

Speaker Biographies

Mark Green was sworn in as the 18th US Agency for International Development (USAID) administrator in August 2017. Before joining USAID, he served as president of the International Republican Institute. He has also served as president and CEO of the Initiative for Global Development and senior director at the US Global Leadership Coalition. Administrator Green served as the US ambassador to Tanzania from mid-2007 to early 2009, leading more than 350 Americans and Tanzanians and responsible for some of the world’s largest US-led development programs. Before serving as US ambassador, he served four terms in the US House of Representatives representing Wisconsin’s 8th District. While in Congress, he helped craft key policy initiatives including the Millennium Challenge Act and President George W. Bush’s history-making AIDS program. Administrator Green holds a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire.

Sarah Glass serves as the acting director of the Center for Transformational Partnerships at the US Global Development Lab. Before being named acting director, she led the US Global Development Lab’s efforts to support the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) overall Ebola response and recovery strategy by using digital technologies, open innovation approaches, and partnerships with the private sector. She also manages some of the agency’s global relationships with multinational corporations, and she works closely with USAID’s field offices to advise on how to best engage with the private sector. Before joining USAID, Ms. Glass was a senior manager with Accenture Strategy Consulting, where she worked with corporations and governments on international market expansion, product innovation, strategic planning, organizational restructuring, and leveraging partners to scale. Ms. Glass holds a B.A. from the College of William & Mary and an M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

Stan Veuger is a resident scholar at AEI, where his research is in political economy and public finance. He is also the editor of AEI Economic Perspectives. He has been a visiting lecturer of economics at Harvard University and is a fellow at the Center for the Governance of Change at the IE School of International Relations in Madrid. Dr. Veuger’s research has been published in leading academic and professional journals, including the Journal of Monetary Economics, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and the Review of Economics and Statistics. He is the editor, with Michael Strain, of “Economic Freedom and Human Flourishing: Perspectives from Political Philosophy” (AEI Press, 2016). He also writes frequently for general audiences on economics, politics, and popular culture. His writing has appeared in Foreign Affairs, the Los Angeles Times, The National Interest, The New York Times, and USA Today, among others. Dr. Veuger serves as the chairman of the Washington, DC, chapter of the Netherland-America Foundation. He received a Ph.D. and an A.M. in economics from Harvard and an M.Sc. in economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He completed his undergraduate education at Utrecht University and Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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