WASHINGTON — In 2016, Chemonics International began implementing the largest contract in USAID history — a $9.5 billion agreement to deliver lifesaving health supplies to millions of people in more than 50 countries. A year into the project, on-time delivery rates for the health supplies — from condoms to HIV treatments — dropped as low as 7 percent.
In an exclusive event, Devex Managing Editor Paul Harris interviewed Senior Reporter Michael Igoe, who broke the story for Devex, about our investigation into the project. We’ll explore the structural missteps that led to Chemonics’ problems — and the lessons revealed both for the organizations delivering on these contracts and for the agencies that tender them.
Extensive problems with Chemonics International's implementation of the largest USAID project in history have left the company fighting to deliver on its contract. This is the latest installment in our investigative series.
Devex first reported the story back in August, and ongoing coverage detailing the significant operational failures involved in the contract have resulted in calls for congressional hearings, a renewed focus on USAID procurement reform, and a management restructuring of the project at Chemonics.
Here’s the full event: