USAID Lacks Experienced Staff in Afghanistan

Afghan workers hired for projects of the U.S. Agency for International Development lack skills to efficiently carry out U.S.-funded projects in the country, private contractors told the U.S. Senate Feb. 2.

Senate Democrats have called on USAID contractors to explain poor returns on some USD10 billion worth of U.S.-funded projects in conflict-afflicted Afghanistan, stronghold of terror-linked Taliban and a haven for cocaine production.

James Boomgard, president and CEO of Maryland-based Development Alternatives Inc., said staff hired on the ground lacked experience and often set “unrealistic expectations.”

Security concerns have also limited inspections and quality checks of USAID projects, and USAID officials often served shorter terms in Afghanistan, compromising the continuity of project management, the Federal Times reported.

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