International consulting firms: How to maintain leadership despite aid localization

    The global development landscape is changing; host country governments and local  organizations are playing a larger, leading role in setting — and implementing — the development agenda, while international consulting firms are looking for new ways to support a growing list of clients.

    We asked Jan Auman, president of Tetra Tech International Development Services, how his firm looks at the "localization of aid" and the opportunities and challenges he sees for U.S.-based and international firms going forward.

    In an exclusive interview, Auman discussed new kinds of partnerships that are emerging across the development space and prompting international consulting firms to look for new roles within donor grant and contract opportunities.

    This is the first excerpt from our conversation with the Tetra Tech executive. Stay tuned for more clips — and the full interview — in coming days.

    Devex reporter Michael Igoe interviews Jan Auman, Tetra Tech International Development Services.

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    • Michael Igoe

      Michael Igoe is a Senior Reporter with Devex, based in Washington, D.C. He covers U.S. foreign aid, global health, climate change, and development finance. Prior to joining Devex, Michael researched water management and climate change adaptation in post-Soviet Central Asia, where he also wrote for EurasiaNet. Michael earned his bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College, where he majored in Russian, and his master’s degree from the University of Montana, where he studied international conservation and development.