USAID’s top local implementing partners

USAID’s agribusiness project in Pakistan. Five of the agency’s 20 top local implementing partners are based in Pakistan. Photo by: USAID

Squeezed by a dwindling operational budget, beginning in the 1990s, the U.S. Agency for International Development aggressively turned to private companies and nongovernmental organizations in the United States to carry out much of its development work around the world. In the decades since, U.S.-based implementing partners in the Beltway and beyond have largely cornered the billions in contracts and grants that USAID awards each year.

Three years into USAID Forward — Administrator Rajiv Shah’s agencywide reform drive — that is beginning to change. As Devex’s recent report on USAID’s local spending found, the agency is now more than halfway (17.9 percent) toward its target of channeling 30 percent of its funding to local organizations by fiscal 2015.

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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.