Washington: A major American development contractor has announced to set up a training centre in Pakistan to train local NGOs on how to effectively use US’ aid money and carry out foreign-funded development projects.
The announcement in this regard from Development Alternatives Inc (DAI) comes after officials in the Obama administration had apprehended that the NGO sector in Pakistan do not has enough expertise and capacity to carry out foreign-funded development projects and meet high-standards.
The administration has announced to pump in USD 7.5 billion of civilian aid to Pakistan in the next five years; a portion of which it wants to route through the non-governmental sector; as many officials believe routing the entire money through the government might not serve the purpose for which the US tax-payers money is being given to that country.
The DAI, in a statement, said it is establishing Centre for Development Excellence in Pakistan which will coach development practitioners in that country and build the capacity of local firms and non-governmental organisations to execute larger projects.
The training process is slated to start next month.