In Afghanistan, ex-USAID contractor goes to prison

    Locals assess a development project in Afghanistan. A U.S. contractor working on projects funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development in Afghanistan gets three years in prison for bribery. Photo by: USAID Afghanistan

    An employee of a known U.S.-based development consulting firm gets three years in prison for bribery.

    Din Mohammad Ramin, an Afghan citizen and former DAI employee, was sentenced by an Afghan court on March 27, 2012, for receiving a kickback of about $5,000 from a program beneficiary in Afghanistan. He was working as a procurement officer for the Afghanistan Small and Medium Enterprise Development project, which was funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

    The Afghan National Police and Afghan Attorney General’s Anti-Corruption Unit, with assistance from USAID, arrested Ramin in December. Apart from the prison sentence, he will be paying a fine of $10,000.

    A number of cases involving U.S. aid money have been reported in Afghanistan. In the past five years, more than 40 U.S. individuals working on U.S.-funded development projects in the Asian country have been convicted of fraud.

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    • Jenny Lei Ravelo

      Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.