Senior Goverance and Anticorruption Advisor


Areas of Expertise
Development of International Law, Early Warning and Disaster Risk Reduction, Economic Development, Electoral Assistance, Environment, Global Governance, Intergovernmental Organizations, International Development, International Sanctions,

Region of Focus
Central and South Asia, East Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North Africa, North America, Oceania, Sub-Saharan Africa, The Middle East

Kenneth Barden is a Senior Anticorruption and Good Governance Advisor with the Governance and Rule of Law Team. For many years, Ken was an independent consultant for several international development projects, including ones funded by USAID, the MCC, World Bank, UN, Asian Development Bank and others. Ken served as Team Leader for the USAID-administered MCC Threshold Indonesia Control of Corruption Project in Indonesia, working on anticorruption and judicial reform. Immediately prior to joining USAID, Ken was with the USAID Modernizing Financial Institutions project in the West Bank, where he led implementation of anti-money laundering and anticorruption activities. Ken’s experience includes work in Eastern Europe, Central and Southeastern Asia, Oceania, the Middle East and Africa. He also has over 15 years of experience in municipal government. Ken holds a Juris Doctor from Indiana University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from University of Indianapolis, as well as post-graduate work in Disaster Management from the University of Wisconsin and in International Humanitarian Law from the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), in Hyderabad, India.

Recent Publications
AML Skills as Part of an Integrity Management Program
ACAMS Today, AUGUST 2011

How understanding wire transfers can help trace lost funds

Practitioner’s Guide for Anticorruption Programming

Contributing Editor, CFCS Certification Examination Study Manual, Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists

Best Practices in Electoral Security

Electoral Security Assessment – Philippines

Both a Borrower and Lender Be: Can Islamic Microfinance Bring Peace to Palestine?
Kenneth E. Barden World Policy Journal, Volume 27, Number 1, Spring 2010, pp. 97-102

Managing Risk in the Procurement Process
Government Product News, August 2010

Land’s End: Can an Island Nation Survive Without Its Islands?
Kenneth E. Barden World Policy Journal, Volume 28, Number 2, Summer 2011, pp. 49-55

Interview with David Andelman of World Policy Journal on USAID and corruption, Feb. 15, 2016

Speaker at GKC’s The Patriot Act & AML Teleconference, June 20, 2006 and

Quoted as an expert in the article ‘NGOS’ EMERGE AS FORCE IN GLOBAL ANTI-CORRUPTION WITH NEW ENFORCEMENT TACTICS, published online by ACFCS on April 17, 2014

Speaker, Developing business risk management policies and practices to ensure compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) – See more at: