In Pakistan, USAID Files Complaints Against 2 NGOs Over Aid Misuse

Two U.S.-based non-governmental organizations working in Pakistan are facing complaints filed by the U.S. Agency for International Development with the Islamic nation’s National Accountability Bureau over the alleged misappropriation of aid money.

USAID on Thursday (Nov. 25) lodged complaints against the Academy for Educational Development and Sheledia for alleged corruption, misappropriation and embezzlement in two separate projects funded by the agency, sources of the Pakistani paper The News say.

AED’s local chief Phil Colgin had reportedly left Pakistan for Russia to evade NAB’s inquiry, while a director of Sheledia and American-Pakistani Salim Baz Khan were interviewed by NAB officials regarding fraud and embezzlement.

The projects involved are funded through the USD7.5 billion aid package for Pakistan under the Kerry-Lugar Bill. 

The News previously reported that U.S. NGOs working in the USD750 million Fata uplift aid program had allegedly been involved in “massive” aid misappropriation and corruption.

The chairman of NAB and inspector general of USAID will meet in December to strengthen the cooperation between the two agencies, a spokesman of the NAB said.

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  • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.

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