The Encouraging Global Anti-Corruption and Good Governance Efforts (ENGAGE) IQC was to provide USAID and its partner countries with the broad range of technical assistance necessary to develop and implement appropriate and meaningful strategies to fight corruption and ensure accountability in public life. QED was a sub-contractor to Chemonics International under the ENGAGE IQC.
USAID defines corruption as the abuse of entrusted authority for private gain. This activity focuses on unilateral abuses by governmental officials such as embezzlement and nepotism, as well as abuses linking public and private actors such as bribery, extortion, influence peddling, and fraud, and at both lower and higher levels of government and the public sector.
- TASK ORDER: AID TRANSPARENCY COUNTRY PILOT STUDIES. To help inform the U.S. Government’s aid transparency agenda and progress towards its commitment to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), QED conducted three aid transparency country pilot studies in Bangladesh, Ghana and Zambia. The pilot studies assessed demand for information and current access to data on aid flows from a wide range of stakeholders in partner countries and put forth recommendations to inform the development impact of USG aid transparency efforts.
- TASK ORDER: DEVELOPMENT CREDIT AUTHORITY FINANCIAL SECTOR STRENGTHENING AND SUPPORT ACTIVITY. With funding from USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment (E3), QED supported the Development Credit Authority (DCA), providing technical expertise to USAID’s credit guarantee programs, designed to reduce risk, fraud, and corruption on a global scale. Program activities include conducting market analyses; conducting risk management assessments; performing financial feasibility and viability analyses; providing credit modeling support; preparing subsidy estimates; providing portfolio monitoring support and advisory services; and conducting financial institution training.
- TASK ORDER: CONDUCT ANTI-CORRUPTION AND CROSS-SECTORAL PROGRAM MAPPING. QED conducted an in-depth analysis of direct and indirect anti-corruption programming in South and Central Asia. Part II of the analysis included an examination of the intersection between gender and corruption. Countries considered in this review of South and Central Asia were: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.