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PRESS RELEASEMarch 27, 2024

World Bank Debars two Consultancy Companies and an Individual for Fraudulent Practices

WASHINGTON, March 27, 2024 — The World Bank today announced the debarment of the Pakistan-based consultancy companies Solutions for Development Support (Pvt.) Ltd. and Community Resilience Initiative, as well as Mr. Malik Nasir Hussain Tanoli, a Pakistani national, in connection with fraudulent practices as part of the Sindh Resilience Project in Pakistan. The debarment makes the companies, Mr. Hussain, and any of their controlled affiliates, ineligible to participate in World Bank Group-financed projects and operations until at least October 20, 2027. It is part of a settlement agreement under which the companies and Mr. Hussain acknowledge responsibility for the underlying sanctionable practices and agree to meet specified integrity compliance conditions as a condition for release from debarment.

The Sindh Resilience Project aims to mitigate flood and drought risks in selected areas of the province and strengthen its capacity to manage natural disasters and public health emergencies. According to the facts of the case, Solutions for Development Support (Pvt.) Ltd., Community Resilience Initiative, and Mr. Hussain failed to disclose their close affiliation in tenders financed under the project, while Mr. Hussain was acting as the procurement and contract management specialist for the Provincial Disaster Management Authority, Sindh, which implemented the project. These failures constitute fraudulent practices under the World Bank’s Consultant Guidelines.

The settlement agreement provides for a reduced period of debarment in light of the companies’ and Mr. Hussain’s cooperation and acceptance of responsibility. As a condition for release from sanction, Solutions for Development Support (Pvt.) Ltd., Community Resilience Initiative, and any affiliate that Mr. Hussain or the companies currently control or comes to control directly or indirectly, during the period of World Bank sanction, will be required to develop and implement integrity compliance measures consistent with the principles set out in the World Bank’s Integrity Compliance Guidelines. In addition, Mr. Hussain commits to undertake corporate ethics training. Mr. Hussain and the companies also commit to continue to fully cooperate with the World Bank Integrity Vice Presidency.

The debarments of Solutions for Development Support (Pvt.) Ltd., Community Resilience Initiative, and Mr. Hussain qualify for cross-debarment by other multilateral development banks under the Agreement for Mutual Enforcement of Debarment Decisions that was signed on April 9, 2010.

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Stephanie A Crockett


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