Spanish Funding for Development of Rural Areas in Badghis Province
Kabul, Afghanistan: Spain has provided Euro 22 million for Development of Rural Areas in Badghis Province in Afghanistan under the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-supported National Area Based Development Programme (NABDP). An agreement to this effect was signed between the Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, Spanish Government and UNDP Afghanistan.
UNDP works in partnership with the Afghan Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) for the implementation of economic empowerment, water, transport, energy and other critical projects across rural Afghanistan. The programme works to reduce disparities by investing in social organization, productive infrastructure, local economic development and sub-national governance initiatives. It strives to advance progress toward meeting the Millennium Development Goals – especially amongst Afghanistan’s rural population.
This funding is earmarked for Badghis province. The focus of the MRRD-led efforts that UNDP contributes to is on strengthening local governance through District Development Assemblies, improving access to services and facilities through productive rural infrastructure and improving rural livelihoods. Additionally, thanks to the new Spanish funding, Qala-e Naw will receive a potable drinking water supply project, the main request of the people of this district for many years.
With this funding, the total Spanish contribution to various NABDP projects will be over EURO 38,927,046 (USD 52,654,517 ) million. Significant milestones achieved in Badghis with Spanish funding include the establishment of six District Development Assemblies which have significantly improved local participatory decision-making in the districts of Badghis province. As part of rural development support under the Government of Afghanistan and UNDP-supported NABDP, an estimated 44,738 families gained access to clean drinking water; 643 families were provided electricity through Micro Hydro Power projects; 279 families gained access to districts and provinces through improved transportation facilities; 1,511 jeribs (302 hectares / 747 acres) of land have been irrigated; and, 6,292 jeribs (1258 hectares / 3110 acres) of land have been protected through the construction of protection and retaining walls. Additionally, under the Spanish Emergency Winter Disaster Relief, 750 metric tons of oil was distributed to 94,500 effected households (614,250 beneficiaries) in five districts in Badghis province.
The Media event, held at the Government Media Information Center (GMIC) in Kabul, was attended by senior government representatives, international partners and local and international media persons.
Kumar M Tiku