As USAID threatens funding withdrawal, KP makes changes to development projects

As USAID threatens funding withdrawal, KP makes changes to development projects

The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has recommended amending US Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded projects in the province after the agency set a September 30 deadline for using the funds, failing which it will remove a $5 million grant it gave to KP for these projects.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has committed cash to eight projects under the municipal services program. According to them, most project directors have informed the provincial government that they will fully utilize the $18.8 million provided initially. Still, USAID has threatened to withhold a $5 million fund if it is not used by the deadline.

According to sources, the government has recommended amending the project implementation program to include different things, such as vehicles and the GIS system, in the project.

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According to sources, instead of returning the cash, they will purchase new products, including new vehicles for personnel, at a meeting headed by KP additional chief secretary.

According to sources, they will complete the procurement process in two months, and a delegation from the province administration will meet with USAID to discuss the project’s changes.

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