Richard L. Smith

Development Manager

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Richard Smith is a development professional with technical and management skills in agricultural, natural resources, and rural development project design and implementation.  He has served as COP on seven long-term technical assistance projects for USAID.  He led one of the first area development projects funded by USAID in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province (now Khyber-Pakhtunkwa), and later directed a Peshawar-centered, cross-border agricultural sector support and training program for Afghanistan.  Formerly, as an officer with UNEP, he managed major natural resource programs for USAID in Kenya and Botswana.  In Cambodia, under ADB funding, he was senior advisor for implementation of a community based development program around Cambodia’s Tonle Sap lake.  In 2002-2003 he led the design survey and overall study for the ADB-funded FATA Rural Development Project in Pakistan, and as Program Director (2008) initiated the USAID/Pakistan Capacity Building Program for FATA.  From May 2009 to June 2011 he was Country Representative for the Asia Foundation’s $40 million annual program in Afghanistan, where he oversaw and guided surveys and created the framework for financial and monitoring assistance to local government.  He has lived and worked in Latin America, Africa, South and South East Asia, holds a Ph.D. in Economic Anthropology from the University of Oregon, and presently resides in Tasmania, Australia..