USAID's top contractors for 2014

This farmer benefits from a project funded by USAID and implemented by ACDI/VOCA that provides technical assistance in growing and selling cocoa in Colombia. ACDI/VOCA is one of the U.S. aid agency’s top contractors. Photo by: David Osorio / ACDI/VOCA / USAID / CC BY-NC-ND

As Rajiv Shah prepares to step down as administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development next month, the latest data suggests modest movement in his yearslong push to broaden its base of contractors. In fiscal 2014, USAID’s obligated funding for its top 20 contractors accounted for 67 percent of its contract spending, down from 73 percent in fiscal 2012.

USAID awarded $3.8 billion in contracts in fiscal 2014, a 23 percent drop from fiscal 2012. Against the backdrop of budget pressures in Washington, the agency’s contract spending has now fallen two years in a row. As might be expected, USAID continues to award the bulk of its contract spending to for-profit groups.

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    Lorenzo Piccio

    Lorenzo is a contributing analyst for Devex. Previously Devex's senior analyst for development finance in Manila, he is currently an MA candidate in international economics and international development at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington. Lorenzo holds a bachelor's degree in government and social studies from Wesleyan University.