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The US and AID: Sri Lanka’s dangerous liaison

Jan 19, 2017
While the Parliament Secretary General’s letter clarifies that the House Democracy Partnership Agreement signed by Speaker Jayasuriya in Washington, and USAID’s SDGAP (Strengthening Democratic Governance and Accountability Project) are not one and the same, it also acknowledges that the SDGAP is in fact implemented by DAI. The Parliament Secretary General does not address the bone of contention here, which is that USAID’s contractor DAI (Development Alternatives Inc.) is a private US company alleged to be a CIA front. It is on record that Speaker Jayasuriya chaired the launch of the SDGAP in November. 
The governmental response would seem like that of someone who, seeing the ‘writing on the wall,’ proceeds to criticise the handwriting. It corrects a point of minor importance while disregarding the more important concern that’s been raised. 
Further investigation reveals that this is not the first time DAI and other private US companies have been contracted to carry out USAID ‘projects’ in Sri Lanka: 
- In 2008, a contract to implement the USAID-funded Supporting Regional Governance Programme (SuRG) was awarded to a company called ARD Inc. The main focus of the 3-5 year programme was Local Government institutions in the Eastern  Province. 
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Daily Mirror, January 18, 2017

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