NABDP First Quarter Project Progress Report 2015
In 2015 Annual Work Plan (AWP) the National Area-Based Development Programme decreased the scope of activities related to institutional development at the district level. Namely, the provision and support to District Development Assemblies (DDAs) have ceased due the scheduled closure of NABDP, the exit strategy of the NABDP Phase III will result in gradually reducing the activities. Additionally, the DDAs have become increasingly competent and self-sustain as a result of the past trainings. Moreover, the implementation of the National Policy for Improved Governance and Development at District and Villages (DCC), which was endorsed by the Cabinet in December 2013, has yet to be initiated and the establishment of the DCCs will be postponed until the new Government formulates its position with regard to the policy.
Nonetheless, in the first quarter of 2015, NABDP through its first output, Local Institutional Development Department (LIDD), supported the Capacity Development Training to Qarghaye DDA members, in total, 31 DDA members attended the training. Also, 113 DDAs in 18 provinces resolved 360 local conflict which included community disputes (59%); land disputes (20%); family related issues (10%); issues in relation to the selection and implementation of development projects (6%); conflicts on irrigation and water (6%) and other miscellaneous issues. Also as a result of LIDD activities, 14 DDAs implemented 30 projects from the DDPs through MRRD and external funding sources in Nangarhar, Badghis, Farah and Herat provinces as well as carrying out 122 disaster mitigation activities by 51 DDAs in nine province.
In the first quarter of 2015, under its second output; Improved Access to Key Services for the Rural Poor, NABDP completed eight rural infrastructure projects in seven provinces. With the completion of the mentioned eight rural infrastructure projects, 81,957 labour days of temporary employment for skilled and unskilled labour were created for local communities. Through these projects 38,605 households (270,235 people) were able to access key services such as electricity, prevent flooding, irrigation of land, schools and medical facilities, thereby improving the quality of life for rural communities. There are further 123 projects planned for 2015 includes; i) 93 ongoing projects including re-integration projects, ii) 25 projects are signed ready for contract and iii) five projects are planned and ready to sign.
NABDP completed a community center project under the re-integration output in Chall district of Takhar province, providing employment for rural people including ex-combatants through the creation of 5,188 labour days facilitating successful re-integration of ex-combatants. Additionally there are ten ongoing re-integration projects in various stages of implementation throughout the country. NABDP completed and handed over the AliceGhan Water Supply Scheme and will provide fuel for water generator for three months, and there are three women empowerment projects ongoing in AliceGhan Township. Progress was also made towards completion of the Rural Technology Park which is 90% complete at the end of the first quarter. NABDP continued efforts to finish the Badghis water supply project.