NABDP Third Quarter Project Progress Report 2014
In the third quarter of 2014, the National Area-Based Development Programme (NABDP) continued to follow through on its mandate to directly support the sustainable reduction of poverty and an improvement of livelihoods in rural Afghanistan. As a result of NABDP’s Local Institutional Development Department (LIDD) efforts successful elections for District Development Assemblies (DDAs) were held in six districts utilizing democratic participation to strengthen local involvement in development processes by electing 188 candidates, of which 29% were women. In another eight districts across Afghanistan nearly 800 Afghans participated in public hearings to significantly escalate local inputs and generate immediate feedback while enhancing DDA accountability in their communities. Notably, 18% of those who participated were women. Also as a result of LIDDs activities there are 173 DDA and Community Lead Development Department members, of which 52 (29.5%) are women, with increased capacity in governance, conflict resolution, gender equity, participatory planning, project management, and disaster management. Direct results from these ongoing trainings can be seen this quarter in 49 local communities utilizing DDAs to resolve 99 conflicts. Disasters were also mitigated in another 27 districts thanks to LIDD trainings.
This quarter NABDP’s Energy for Rural Development of Afghanistan (ERDA) programme provided electricity for the first time to 4,060 Afghans residing off the grid in Ghor, Pakttya, and Wardak provinces making an immediate and palpable improvement in their quality of life, and notably increasing economic opportunities through the provision of reliable sources of energy. Throughout the Afghan countryside, NABDP directly benefitted 159,633 Afghans by gravelling a 10km tertiary road, building six bridges and placing three culverts; all resulting in a significant improvement in access to local markets, main roads, district centers and access to public services for over 22,000 rural households. Additionally, NABDP constructed 13 protection walls and two gabion walls in an effort to prevent flooding in 15 rural communities; completed three agriculture and irrigation projects enabling the immediate use of 150 jeribs (0.3 square km /74 acres) of arable land; and finalized 14 water supply projects in five provinces providing access to safe drinking water for 6,809 rural poor households with an immediate reduction in the spread of preventable disease. Also, NABDPs vocational training supported 236 women in an effort to improve locally viable income generation opportunities. Furthermore, in an effort to support stabilization in less secure regions and districts, three re-integration projects were completed in Faryab, Kandahar and Kunduz provinces to benefit 7,634 households (53,435 individuals), including ex-combatants, and provide temporary employment opportunities with 14,248 labour days. Lastly, NABDP continued efforts to finish the Badghis Dam Project, the Aliceghan Water Supply Scheme, and the Rural Technology Park which are respectively 50%, 90% and 70% complete at the end of the third quarter. Collectively, NABDPs efforts notably improve local governance; enhance resilience in rural communities; improve lives and livelihoods; and promote the vested interest of locals, to include ex-combatants, in the development of local infrastructure.