November 10, 2021

World Bank debars consultancy for 21 months for failing to disclose conflict of interest

On November 10, 2021, the World Bank Group announced a 21-month debarment of Africa Development Professional Group Ltd. (ADP), a consultancy, for engaging in fraudulent practices in connection with a project to strengthen the staffing and institutional capacity of certain Somali government functions as part of the Somali Capacity Injection Project.  According to the World Bank, ADP recklessly failed to disclose a conflict-of-interest relationship when submitting a proposal for a contract under the project.

The World Bank explained that, in making its debarment decision, it took into account that ADP had cooperated with the World Bank and engaged in voluntary remedial actions.  The World Bank also stated that, as conditions of its release from debarment, ADP must develop an effective integrity compliance program and continue to fully cooperate with the World Bank.  During its debarment period, ADP is ineligible to participate in World Bank projects, and is subject to cross-debarment by other multilateral development banks.

World Bank press release