Number of Barred USAID Contractors Doubles

    A banner of U.S. Agency for International Development. The agency has suspended new contracts and grants with 39 firms this year. Photo by: USAID

    The U.S. Agency for International Development has suspended new contracts and grants with 39 firms this year, up from 18 in 2010, as it beefs up its campaign against questionable contracting and partner improprieties.

    On Dec. 8, USAID suspended the Washington-based consultancy Academy for Educational Development, one of its largest implementing partners, after the firm’s work in Pakistan and Afghanistan raised questions. AED is now in the process of selling its assets and transferring its programs to FHI.

    >> AED Barred From Receiving New USAID Funding Pending Investigation into Consultancy’s Af-Pak Work

    >> AED Unveils its Buyer: FHI

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      Louie-An is a former senior development analyst at Devex Manila. She has held consulting and editorial positions at the Asian Development Bank in Manila and a business-to-business media company in Hong Kong and mainland China.