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Contracting and Consulting Firms in Development
Drs. Ron and Caryl Krannich They build roads, construct factories, initiate health programs, experiment with new crops, organize agricultural cooperatives, develop legal and financial systems, promote privatization and small business enterprises, and provide technical assistance in developing information and communication systems.

Many firms could be business firms operating abroad. In fact, many of these firms that grew up during the Cold War era used to primarily specialize in government contract work, with some having nearly 100 percent of their business dependent on government contracts. However, during the past decade, many of these firms have had to literally "reinvent" themselves in the face of cutbacks in government social spending for traditional development programs sponsored by the government's much troubled foreign aid agency -USAID. Forced to diversify their companies by operating more like private businesses rather than government contractors, many of these firms have flourished during the past decade by redefining their operations. Others have fallen on bad times due to their inability to transition to the private sector. Government contractors who have made successful transitions, such as Abt Associates, now have thriving businesses that include a healthy mix of government contract and private sector work.

Some firms assign 70 percent of their staff abroad while others have 70 percent of their staff based in the United States.

Excerpted from "Jobs For People Who Love to Travel" and "International Jobs Directory" by Drs. Ron and Caryl Krannich. Impact Publications, 9104 Manassas Drive, Suite N, Manassas Park, VA 20111, Tel. 703-361-7300, Fax 703-335-9486, E-mail: Available through Impact's on-line career and travel bookstores: and

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