Contracting For Development: The Role Of For-profit Contractors In U.s. Foreign Development…

Hardcover | February 1, 2000

byRuben Berrios

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Berrios documents the commercial considerations that drive U.S. development assistance. The increasing delivery of development aid in the form of contracts has led contractors to increase their weight and influence on USAID's programs. As Berrios contends, the reasons for giving aid often have little to do with helping other countries, because, instead, it ends up mainly helping U.S. firms. Little is known about contracting for development. The contracting process is often neither open nor competitive. Despite the talk of restructuring, USAID continues to award contracts that are unfavorable to the agency. Berrios documents the practices of private sector contracting, how they compete for USAID contracts, how they fit into the stated aims and needs of the agency, and what their performance evaluations say upon completion of contracts. Berrios also provides a sweeping review of U.S. development assistance policies, the trend toward privatization, the rhetoric about reinventing government, and the issue of past performance. A controversial assessment, this will be of interest to scholars, researchers, and policy makers involved with U.S. developmental strategies.

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Berrios documents the commercial considerations that drive U.S. development assistance. The increasing delivery of development aid in the form of contracts has led contractors to increase their weight and influence on USAID's programs. As Berrios contends, the reasons for giving aid often have little to do with helping other countries,...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:184 pages, 8.6 × 5.88 × 0.76 inPublished:February 1, 2000Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:027596633X

ISBN - 13:9780275966331

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?[F]oreign aid continues to be one of the least understood aspects of U.S. foreign affairs. Contracting Development: The Role of For-Profit Contractors in U.S. Foreign Development Assitance provides a better understanding of the complexities of the significant and growing consulting market in development and how these firms fo business iwth the U.S. government. As such, Berrios has provided the reader with an informed analysis of contracting for delivering foreign assistance.??Journal of Third World Studies