Pakistan's Accountability Office Probes More USAID-Funded Projects

A Pakistani carries a box of humanitarian aid provided by the U.s. Agency for International Development. Pakistan's National Accountability Bureau discovers more irregularities in projects funded by the U.S. Photo by: USAID

Pakistan’s National Accountability Bureau is uncovering more irregularities in the management of U.S.-funded projects being implemented by U.S. contractors in tribal areas across Pakistan, the The News International reports.

The Karachi-based newspaper says its bureau has exposed regularities in two projects led by the Academy for Educational Development and is probing another U.S. Agency for International Development-funded project being handled by the same organization. USAID also reportedly sought NAB’s assistance to look into projects implemented by CHF, a U.S.-based non-governmental organization, in the southern part of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

The NAB is currently completing its inquiry into complaints against AED and another U.S.-based contractor, Sheladia Associates, for alleged corruption in two separate USAID-backed projects.

As Devex reported, USAID has suspended AED from receiving new U.S. government funding pending an ongoing investment into the firm’s operations.

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