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Expand and improve access to economic and social infrastructure
USAID began building roads, schools, and clinics in 2002 to demonstrate immediate progress to the Afghan people. While these projects continue, USAID is shifting its focus to improve energy and power. The building and refurbishing of infrastructure boosts economic growth and agricultural yields, connects rural Afghans to services, and provides schools, clinics, and courthouses for its citizens.
23 August 2012
USAID/SWSS Children collect water from the new reservoir Clean drinking water has become a reality for Barik Ab, a small town near...
6 June 2012
‘I learned that proper form and style in writing is essential to quality work. I also realized that having standards and clarity makes it easier for everyone to work together’
12 June 2012
USAID/AESP ‘The internship program encourages the students to pursue their intended career goals’ Sweeta and Saher might stand out anywhere in the...
11 April 2012
USAID/S-RAD/IRD BEFORE The entrance to Barakzo village was inaccessible to large trucks owing to years of erosion from an adjacent canal. Local farms also...
27 February 2012
USAID/AIRP Students from the Kunj Shur Pri-mary School in Baghlan Province receive much-needed school sup-plies. Tasked to implement the preparatory work for...
22 February 2012
USAID/AIRP BEFORE: Heavy equipment such as mobile crushers, batch plants, and mobile testing labs were brought in under extremely difficult conditions to help reconstruct...
2 April 2011
Takhar Province, Afghanistan
USAID/SWSS Poor sanitation and contaminated water are leading causes of water borne diarrheal diseases. Despite the many challenges of living in remote...
2 April 2011
Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan
USAID/SWSS Inspection of newly constructed latrine with hygiene promotion poster in Itarchi, Faizabad District. The mountainous district of Faizabad in Badakhshan Province...
3 February 2011
Kabul Province, Afghanistan
USAID/SWSS Istalif District agriculture manager with SWSS team, selecting sites to construct public latrines. The USAID funded Afghan Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation...
15 December 2010
Repairing a pipe scheme in the Dayak District of Ghazni Province has helped provide safe drinking water to 8,617 beneficiaries. Inaugurated on November 8, 2010,...
15 December 2010
Kunar Province, Afghanistan
Kunar is a mountainous province in the east of Afghanistan well endowed with water resources, but lacking infrastructure and management structures to ensure proper access...
15 December 2010
Dayak is a district of Ghazni Province, which suffers from lack of potable water. Most people in this district collect water from rivers, drains and...
In The News
20 June 2012
US Embassy The U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker, Afghan Minister of Public Works Engineer Najibullah Aoudgan and Governor of Badakhshan Shah Waliullah Adeeb inaugurate the...
20 May 2012
Frank Petrella/USAID USAID Mission Director Dr. Ken Yamashita speaks at the graduation ceremony for on-the-job training program at the Ministry of Energy & Water...
3 November 2011
More than 200 people from Afghanistan’s western region with an interest in energy conservation gathered in Herat to learn how to save energy in their...
24 August 2011
Barat Ali Batoor/US Embassy (Left to Right) Acting Minister of Energy and Water Ismail Khan, Minister of Finance Omar Zakhilwal, USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv...
15 June 2011
Parwan Province, Afghanistan
USAID/Mark Dillen A view of the Salang Tunnel in Parwan Province. U.S. Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberry and Minister of Public Works H.E....
4 May 2011
کارمندان پوهنتون کابل و حکومت ایالات متحده لابراتوار انرژی قابل تجدید پوهنتون کابل را امروز طی یک محفل قطع نوار و سفر به این تسهیلات...
Officials from Kabul University and the U.S. Government inaugurated the Kabul University USAID/ACEP U.S. Deputy Ambassador E. Anthony Wayne (left) joins the...
6 April 2011
Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan
بدخشان، افغانستان / د ۲۰۱۱ کال د مارچ د میاشتی ۳۰ نیټه ـ د بدخشان ولایت والی او د ټولنی مشرانو د مارچ په...
بدخشان افغانستان/ 30 مارچ 2011 - والی ولایت بدخشان و رهبران محلی نصب موفقانه 60 چراغ آفتابی جاده ایی را طی یک محفل با...
Javid Entizar/USAID Left to Right: “Badakhshan Governor Shah Wali Adeeb, Feyzabad Mayor Nazir Mohammad and USAID’s Engineer Nazir cut the ribbon to celebrate the...
Decades of war, harsh climatic conditions, and neglect due to extreme poverty left much of Afghanistan’s infrastructure in rubble and decay. In many remote areas, it was never developed at all. The lack of infrastructure has had a significant negative impact on Afghanistan’s economic development. Since 2001, USAID in conjunction with the Afghan Government has rehabilitated nearly 2,500 km of regional and national roads increasing access to marketplaces and international trade; eighty percent of Afghans now live within 50 km of the country-wide Ring Road, giving Afghans better access to their country's major transportation routes, and facilitating their access to markets, schools, health clinics and government services.
USAID is helping to strengthen Afghan capacity to design, build, and maintain roads; increase the supply of reliable electricity; expand access to potable water; and design and construct schools, clinics, and hospitals. While constructing infrastructure in Afghanistan is critical to the U.S. Government’s short-term stabilization objectives and long-term development goals, such projects face many challenges and problems. Most projects face security threats, physically remote and inaccessible sites, and difficulties moving equipment across rough terrain. Nevertheless, USAID infrastructure projects, in partnership with and in support of the Afghan Government and other donors, are successfully overcoming such obstacles in order to provide power, roads, water, and buildings that support job creation and sustainable economic growth. This will prove to be critically important especially beyond transition in 2014.
Surveys indicate increased electricity supply is a top priority for Afghans. USAID efforts have significantly increased access to electricity among the Afghan population. USAID has supported the Afghan government in coordinating multi-donor efforts to build the North East Power System (NEPS) needed to transmit low-cost power from Uzbekistan to Kabul and other major population centers in Afghanistan. The U.S. has also rehabilitated part of Kajaki hydropower facility resulting in a doubling of the hydropower generation capacity of the dam. In addition, USAID constructed the Tarakhil Power Plant, which provides up to 105 Megawatts (MW) of backup power to Kabul and those living in communities supported by NEPS. USAID’s current priorities in the power sector include the NEPS SEPS connector project, also known as PTEC, planned to bring inexpensive imported grid power to a much wider Afghan population. Another priority is to work with Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) to install the third turbine at Kajaki Dam and investments to improve distribution and transmission in Kandahar and Helmand provinces.
A key component of the U.S.-Afghan energy strategy is increasing the number of Afghans working in the power sector. In concert with this effort, USAID is actively supporting the commercialization of the national state-owned utility, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS). Collections improvements at DABS has doubled revenues in two years and increased power distribution by 18 percent.
An expanded and improved road network supports increased economic activity while enabling Afghans to access key services such as healthcare and education. USAID has funded the rehabilitation of more than 2,000 km of regional, national, provincial, and rural roads. Construction of a 105 km road from the city of Keshim to the city of Faizabad was completed in 2011, and highlights the benefits of economic gains from new and improved roads. The number of new businesses such as fuel stations and markets has substantially increased, commercial bus activity has increased, and market prices have declined along the road’s path because of increased efficiency relating to transportation.
WATER & SANITATION
Currently, only 27 percent of Afghan rural households have access to safe drinking water. In partnership with the Afghan government, USAID has increased access to safe drinking water to rural communities by constructing over 26,000 wells. Where well water has been provided, sanitation facilities have been improved and nearly 33,000 latrines have been built or renovated improving the health of Afghans. USAID also supports the government’s water and sanitation sector reforms, which seek to commercialize the urban water sector, increase cost recovery, and improve management. In addition, USAID is working to develop river basin master plans that will allow the Afghan government to optimize its future water resource development.
USAID is funding the design and construction of hospitals, mid-wife training centers, teacher training centers, high schools, residential and educational facilities for university students, and government structures, all built to modern seismic standards. Two campus-size high schools were constructed to accommodate the high demand for both boys’ and girls’ secondary education, providing quality education for 12,000 students in Kabul City. There are four completed Provincial Teacher Training Facilities in Faryab, Parwan, Wardak, and Nangarhar to be handed over to the Ministry of Education this year. These facilities help the Afghan government provide critical health and education services throughout the country.
Fact Sheet Infrastructure Sector - Feb 2013
Diesel Thermal Power Plants Operations and Maintenance
Kishem to Faizabad National Highway
Advisor to the Secretariat of the Inter-Ministerial Commission for Energy (ICE)
Afghan Clean Energy Project (ACEP)
Afghan Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation (SWSS)
Afghanistan Energy Assistance Project
Afghanistan Engineering Support Program (AESP)
Afghanistan Infrastructure and Rehabilitation Program (AIRP) - General Management and Administration
Afghanistan Infrastructure and Rehabilitation Program (IRP) - Quick Response General Services
Commercialization of Afghanistan Water and Sanitation Activity (CAWSA)
Construction of Health and Education Facilities (CHEF)
Darunta Hydroelectric Power Plant Rehabilitation
Design and Construction of Uruzgon Bridge
Design and Initial Construction of of Bamyan and Dushi Road
District Center Roads (DCR) Program
Engineering Design Support Activity (EDSA)
Engineering Quality Assurance and Logistical Support (EQUALS)
Faculties of Higher Education (FoHE)
Gardez to Khost National Highway (GK Highway)
Human and Institutional Capacity Building for Afghanistan Energy and Natural Resources (AECB)
Human Resources and Logistical Support (HRLS)
Infrastructure and Rehabilitation Program (IRP) - Power (LBG/B&V)
Infrastructure and Rehabilitation Program (IRP) - Roads (LBG/B&V)
Infrastructure Rehabilitation Program (IRP) - USACE
Kabul Electricity Directorate (KED) Commercialization
Kabul Electricity Service Improvement Project (KESIP)
Kabul Schools Program
Kabul University Facility Renovations and Construction
Kabul Urban Water Supply
Kandahar Commercialization Support
Kandahar Helmand Power Project (KHPP)
National Load Control Center
Power Transmission Expansion and Connectivity (PTEC) Project
Reactive Power Compensation for NEPS
Reconstruction of the Gardez to Khost Road
Rehabilitation of Economic Facilities and Services (REFS) - Power
Rehabilitation of Economic Facilities and Services (REFS) - Roads
Road Operation and Maintenance Capacity Building Project
Sardar-e-Kabuli Girls’ High School Site Utilities
Schools and Clinics Construction and Refurbishment Program - CHF
Schools and Clinics Construction and Refurbishment Program - IOM
Schools and Clinics Construction and Refurbishment Program - LBGI
Schools and Clinics Construction and Refurbishment Program - Shelter for Life
Schools and Clinics Construction and Refurbishment Program - UMCOR
Schools and Clinics Construction and Refurbishment Program - UNOPS
Sheberghan Gas Development Project
Sheberghan Gas Generation Project
Special Projects: Watershed Studies, Multi-purpose Dam Designs, and Technical Assistance
Strategic Provincial Road-Southern and Eastern Afghanistan (SPR-SEA)
Sustainable Water Resources Management
Tarakhil Power Plant
Technical Support to Afghan Energy Information Center (AEIC)
Two Afghan engineers, Sayed Torak (r),
who works for USAID, and Ghulam Wali,
of USAID’s Afghanistan Infrastructure
Rehabilitation Program, are helping to
establish the institutions that will oversee
the revitalization of Afghanistan’s highway
USAID grant funded shelter for generators in Ghazni.
Gardez worker enters access shaft for karez cleaning.
A construction worker at the Sabawoon Feed Mill.
Abdul Wasi, a local shopkeeper and carpenter, says the sidewalks and drains have improved business.
Abdullah Jan and his wife Shabnam (not pictured) are Fulbright students at the University of Missouri. After graduation, the couple will return to Kabul to work in the transportation engineering field.
Men from Sange-e-Masha Village inspect materials for repair of a main access road.
Afghan boys huddle around a fire, Kabul.
Istalif District agriculture manager with SWSS team, selecting sites to construct public latrines.
U.S Embassy/Dan Wilkinson
U.S. Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberry discusses challenges, successes, and goals at the 2nd National Water Conference in Kabul.
USAID/Afghanistan, Louisa Bargeron
Minister of Rehabilitation and Rural Development Jarullah Mansoori (left) listens as U.S. Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberry (right) delivers remarks at a ceremony to sign a Memorandum of Understanding.
H.E. Minister Jarullah Mansoori of MRRD and
U.S. Deputy Ambassador E. Anthony Wayne
sign the MoU to improve coordination on
sustainable water supply, sanitation, and
Artist’s rendition of Ghazi School after construction.
Attendees of the Loya Jirga in Kahmard District in Bamyan Province examining the proposal for a 164 kilometer road that is planned to bring development and jobs to the towns and villages along the route.
Construction of an efficient, reinforced concrete cement turnout.
A rebuilt segment of the Bamyan-Dushi Road.
A worker builds a retaining wall during the construction of the Kishim to Fayzabad Road, one of the most ambitious infrastructure projects in Afghanistan. Winding through mountains and rough terrain, the road will facilitate transportation in the remote northern province of Badakhshan.
Workers protect against erosion during the construction of the Charikar-Panjshir Road.
Dr. Zahir, NPO/RRAA
An agriculture advisor monitors the assembly of chicken coops that will house chickens distributed to impoverished women in Mendrawol Village, Laghman Province.
Ghulam Jailani, far right, is the manager of Kabul’s Chimtala Substation, the newest and largest in Afghanistan. The substation provides 60 to 70 percent of electricity to Kabul. Chimtala was already connected to the VSAT communications network when the substation opened.
The deputy of Nangarhar provincial council (center) and other government representatives cut the ribbon to open the Jalalabad City Community Center.
Al-Temor community members collect clean drinking water from a well recently constructed by USAID.
Participants outline community-led total sanitation requirements and responsibilities
Men in Khawja Shahab build a boundary wall for the local high school.
Because of this program, Jamela was able to produce higher-quality traditional embroidery and weavings and sell to customers from outside her village at the crafts exhibition. Future events will be held as a result of this exhibition’s success.
Senior Afghan officials consider the way forward in creating an independent private sector oriented road authority to manage and finance the nation’s road assets.
Senior Afghan officials consider the way forward in creating an independent private sector oriented Road Authority to manage and finance the nation’s road assets.
The customer care intern computerizes a customer ledger. He helped computerize 5,000 customer ledgers. The original paper ledgers were in poor condition and difficult to manage.
Ambassador E. Anthony Wayne (seated, second from right), Coordinating Director for Development and Economic Affairs, joined Afghan officials (from left to right: Minister of Urban Development Pashtun, Minister of Economy Shams, Minister of Energy and Water Khan and Minister of Finance Zakhilwal), and other international donors to announce the Afghan Government’s launch of a new utility corporation on September 30, 2009 in Kabul.
Digging a well in Noorgal District, Kunar Province.
Shirzad families receive earthquake relief aid.
Cartons of eggs stand in the front of Abdul Naser’s market stall in Kishim, Badakhshan Province.
Training and capacity building proceeds in Kandahar through on-line video conferencing. The trainee is learning the proper operation and maintenance of generators in the South that serve 94,000 families.
An Afghan engineer cleans an engine plate at the Tarakhil Power Plant.
Engineer M. Eshaq, the senior lab manager at the Kabul Central Laboratory, demonstrates one of the quality control instruments that is used to test materials used in road construction and other infrastructure projects.
Students attend their engineering internship graduation ceremony.
A USAID program made it possible for engineers from DABS to learn English to improve their job performance.
Fans and lights are switched on for the first time in village head Malik Mir Alam Khan’s guest room.
Fatima Kohstani works for USAID’s Afghanistan Infrastructure Rehabilitation Program as an engineer specializing in hydraulic design.
Girls wait for classes to begin at Fayzabad’s Girls School No. 2.
Monisa, an IT specialist, troubleshoots computer problems.
The brother and sister team of meter readers records the water usage of a customer in Ghazni province.
A female meter reader takes a meter reading and explains the importance of potable water and paying water bills on time.
Wahida, a technician at the power plant, says, “Being a woman in construction – this is a first time experience.”
Ali Jan supervises the construction of his fish farm, supported by a grant from USAID.
Ali Jan’s fish farm holds 2,500 fish and provides him with an income of $200 per month. All of his school-aged children are now able to attend school.
Governor Akbarzada lays the foundation stone at Shahr-e-Kohna Middle School.
Employees of the Gardez Water Supply Department hard at work in their refurbished offices on new computers – both financed by a USAID project.
Members of the construction team worked overnight to lay the school’s foundation.
Local officials and Ghazni community members celebrate the construction of the Ghazni to Gardez Road.
Ghor residents gravel a road and dig a drainage ditch to prevent flooding. Improved roads allow better access to markets, schools, and clinics.
Water flows freely through a cleaned irrigation canal, nourishing farmland and pastures in the Chaghcharan area of Ghor province.
USAID supports construction for girl's schools around Afghanistan.
Schoolgirls show their hands after washing them with soap and water as part of a Global Handwashing Day celebration.
Government Media and Information Center
Minister of Energy and Water Mohammad Ismail Khan briefs the media at the Government Media and Information Center.
Governor Mangal speaking to press at the dam.
A CAWSA technical engineer provides practical GPS training in the field to the Gardez Water Supply Department.
Hand pump mechanic explains different parts of a hand pump to community trainees in December, 2010.
Improved Irish Crossing – international
community’s proof of commitment and
friendship toward Afghanistan.
Advanced Engineering Associates Intl.
President Hamid Karzai and Minister of Energy and Water Ismail Khan inaugurating the power line from Uzbekistan to Kabul.
A trainer inspects bars of soap made by community members in Wazir. The USAID-funded factory enables workers to make soap for use in the village and for sale to outside markets.
USAID/IRP Mustafa Yasa
Interns watch as Engineer Eshaq performs a California bearing ratio (CBR) crushing test, which measures the load-bearing capacity of materials used to build roads.
Mr. Dad M. Baheer, CEO of AUWSSC (center right); Mohammad Hanif Gardewal, representative of the governor of Nangarhar (center); and Said Rahman Zabeh, head of JWSD (left) inaugurate the JWSD customer care department.
The hall was packed for the closing ceremony of the Jalrez District canal cleaning project.
A dentist at Kabul Medical University’s Dentistry Teaching Clinic treats a young patient in the pediatrics department.
Kabul Polytechnic University seniors who participated in USAID-sponsored practical training.
Kajaki Dam’s water is used to generate power for Kandahar and Hilmand provinces.
Kajaki Dam in Hilmand Province.
Kajaki Dam in Helmand province.
President Karzai energizes a substation to begin the transfer of electricity from Uzbekistan to Afghanistan.
The Keshim to Faizabad Road, under construction in Badakhshan, is one of the most ambitious infrastructure projects in Afghanistan. Winding through mountains, the road will facilitate transportation over rough terrain.
Children stand in front of a new bore well constructed by USAID.
U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, President Hamid Karzai, and Minister of Energy and Water Ismail Khan celebrate the launch of Tarakhil Power Plant.
Laborers worked overnight to avoid disrupting daytime school operation.
The women of Kahrotai Village are pleased to have the opportunity to take skills and literacy courses.
Women attend a literacy training course. Halima has learned to read and write thanks to the course, and noted, “Now I am able to help my daughter study her textbooks.”
Kabir Ramz is an artist who creates oil paintings on large canvases. When Kabir was an art student at Kabul University before the days of stable electricity, he woke early in the morning to take advantage of the light to choose the right colors for his paintings.
Local laborers in Arghandab, Kandahar, start construction on a rural road.
A worker replaces the electrical system of the Mazar Water Utility’s central pump station.
The Mendrawar to Qarghayi Road serves nearly 105,000 citizens of Laghman Province.
Engineer Shanaz, Solar Energy Director at MEW, discussing her goals with a colleague at a leadership course held at MEW.
With Washington, D.C. in the
background, Mirwais Attaulhaq (left) is
congratulated by a representative of the
International Leadership Program on
U.S. Foreign Policy and Energy.
Mrs. Pashtoon Shana has been the principal of Girls School No. 2 in Fayzabad, Badakhshan Province, since 1994. Today, the school enrolls 1,280 girls in grades 1-12.
The Naiabad Switchyard is a key component of the transmission line that brings electricity to major cities in Afghanistan.
Afghan officials, international donors, and community leaders celebrate the launch of the Nangarhar Industrial Park construction.
A bus traveling between Kabul and Fayzabad arrives in less than 12 hours, quickly transporting people and their goods. The new USAID-funded road on which the bus travels brings improved access to medical care, education, and markets.
VTC instructors inspect the new engineering text books provided by USAID.
AFTER New filing cabinets, folders, paper, and a desk and chairs facilitate the Huqooq’s work registering citizens’ civil cases and decisions submitted by the state or district elders.
New hand pumps shorten the distance for residents in Sulimanzai Community of Dayak District, Ghazni
Merchants and customers walk along the newly paved road in the Tirin Kot Bazaar.
Newly installed lights increase security at the Garmsir Bazaar.
Power flows to Kabul through the North West Kabul Substation.
سب ستیشن شمال غرب، افغانستان
North West Kabul substation, Afghanistan.
Omakai residents work to build a proper
road in their village, which will improve
access to basic services.
On the Road host Mujeeb Arez on location in Paktya province.
On the Road host Mujeeb Arez.
The soap is packaged professionally before it is delivered to market.
One of 51 panel boards the MSBU identified to be repaired or replaced with new ones.
USAID/LBG/B&V Joint Venture
Paving begins in Fayzabad.
Peace building training in Ghazni Province.
Every day over 400 bicyclists ride over the Pul-e-Alam road south of Kabul. Many of the riders are students going to-and-from school.
"We like the road because now it's easy for cars… and easy for us to get to school. Not only my parents but all the villagers are very happy with the new road because we can get sick people to the clinic faster. And now, because the road is paved, there is no longer so much dust“
-Asif Haseebkhan, 10 years old, Durani Village
Mohammad Afzal Muhsini, OIEE, USAID/Afghanistan
Students sing the Afghan national anthem during the Faizabad Connector Road opening ceremony in Jawzjan province's Faizabad district.
The mountainous Panjshir Valley was isolated over several decades. The road stretches through difficult terrain.
"Now my children can walk safely and easily to school. The cars move faster and the drive is smoother. Now it’s much easier for me to take my fruit and vegetables to the market. This paved road is very good“ - Sultan Mohammad and his six children, walking along the road from their village of Andar to attend a wedding in Shahkabul, Wardak Province.
Nadir, a farmer in Baghram, says his irrigation has improved significantly in 2003, even at 6.5km from the Ghorband dams.
"Thank you to everybody who helped to build our road. It is very good. What used to take one hour to drive, now takes only 10 minutes. Before, it was so bumpy and dusty. And we used to travel at 30 km/hour, at most. Now we can go up to 110 km. /hour. This is very good for my business.” - Noor Rahman, Taxi Driver, Wardak Province
“Men would come every day to work and be happy to work because we are making our land better and we have a chance to begin again.”
–A returned refugee
The Provisional Reconstruction Team and military members of the PRT work together to get a bridge built in a difficult location close to the community mosque.
USAID rebuilt a key portion of Afghanistan's national road system which links its two largest cities and economic centers.
The newly reconstructed 64 km Ghazni to Sharan Road has successfully decreased the travel time from four hours to one hour between the two communities.
The completion of the paved road in Panjshir Valley has reduced travel time from Kabul and provided people a chance to enjoy fresh mountain air and the Panjshir River on weekends.
Jennifer Ragland USAID/PRT
PRT Air is the first flight to take off from the newly constructed airstrip in Qalat.
Busses and trucks had a difficult time driving on the rough road between Ghazni in Ghazni Province and Sharan in Paktika Province in southeastern Afghanistan.
Potable water supply is a fundamental public service for rural Afghans and contributes to improved health and quality of life.
Resident of Robat community in Dayak District collects water from newly repaired water tap.
USAID/IRP Steve Pearce
Shibirghan residents and government officials welcome the much anticipated convoy.
MWSD Director Eng. Abdul Jamil Maseh reviews payment collection records and congratulates his team for excellent performance.
Representatives from Tagab’s 80 villages attend a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the beginning of road construction.
USAID/Carlo Nino, DAI
Workers from Joee Safeed Village prepare their road for graveling.
Sakhar villagers work to widen and improve their road.
International Relief and Development SPR-SEA
USAID's Strategic Provincial Roads Project rehabilitates rural roads in Afghanistan and serves as the backbone for development corridors across the impoverished nation for some of the world's most deprived and isolated communities.
USAID Rep. Eng. Gul Afghan Saleh noted the U.S. Government’s commitment to strengthen Afghan institutions.
In late October 2009, USAID laid the massive earthquake-resistant foundation for Sardar Kabuli Girls' High School. When completed, the school will serve more than 4,000 girls in Afghanistan's capital.
Saywoshan residents stand on a new bridge.
DABS engineers will control electricity for the North East Power System through this SCADA master system display.
Construction begins on a high school in Kabul.
USAID built the new Sherzad Girls Middle School in Nangarhar province after an April 2009 earthquake destroyed the original school. This school can accommodate up to 400 girls studying in two shifts.
A convoy of 36 trucks loaded with 550 tons of drilling equipment travelled 3,000 km to reach Shibirghan gas fields.
Afghan businessmen sign contracts to maintain the country's roads.
A solar light recently installed in Muqur, Badghis Province.
USAID and MRRD provided solar lights to Kuchi nomads.
More than 100 families in Logar Province will have clean, affordable energy this winter thanks to solar panels provided by USAID and Afghan Community Development Councils.
The construction of the Kishim-Fayzabad Road has brought prosperity – and electricity – to the village of Gunbaz Balocha. Solar panels now dot the rooftops of many homes.
Mapari from Lokhai, Nangarhar, can now provide for her children and send them to school as a result of SPR community grants.
The first class of engineers improve their knowledge of Afghanistan’s energy sector.
The new school will provide classroom space for students who currently must take exams outside.
U.S and Afghan officials participate in a ribbon-cutting to mark the transfer of the Tarakhil Power Plant from the U.S. Government to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
An aerial view of the Tarakhil Power Plant.
Emissions that meet the cleanest of U.S. standards flow through chimney stacks at Tarakhil Power Plant.
Officials from the Ministry of Energy and Water tour the Tarakhil Power Plant.
U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry (right) is joined by (right to left) Minister of Economy Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal, USAID Mission Director Earl Gast, and a power plant operator to transfer the Tarakhil Power Plant from the American to the Afghan people.
Delegates tour Tata BP Solar India Limited’s solar water heater production facility in Bangalore.
BEFORE The Huqooq office filing system in the Surkh Rod District of Nangarhar Province was messy and disorganized. It was difficult to locate civil filings and jirga decisions.
Tirin Kot’s residents are pleased to have new concrete drains and sidewalks.
Laborers from Shah Kabul Kaln receive tools at the launch of the road project.
Kajaki engineers explain to journalists how the new turbines will function.
Trainees at the Tarakhil power plant install a fabricated platform that provides access to the turbines and other machinery. The plant generates enough electricity for 1.5 million citizens.
This transformer station is providing increased electrical power to the city of Chaharikar in Parwan province.
Soaring transmission towers dot the Salang Pass on their way to Kabul where they deliver imported power from bordering countries. Almost two trillion kilowatt hours are imported into Afghanistan annually.
USAID is conducting gas field exploration in Jawzjan Province to investigate ways to provide electricity to the Afghan people. In March 2009, a convoy of 36 trucks loaded with 550 tons of drilling equipment travelled 3,000 km to reach the Shibirghan gas fields.
Ian Carver, ACEP
Afghan turbine manufacturers from across the country engage in group discussions during a needs assessment workshop held at the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development.
The VTC school director oversees the entrance exam process.
Water conference participants, including Minister of Energy and Water Mohammed Ismail Khan, discuss sustainable water use.
Each call to the hotline is logged, and follow-up action is tracked daily until the repair is made.
A water supply technician takes a replacement pump to repair the Sayed Esmail Balkhi water network deep well. The repair restored water service for about 1,250 residents.
Community leaders and project staff select well locations based on village needs.
Local leaders applaud winter maintenance of the Bamyan-Dushi Road at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new District Governor’s Office Building in Bamyan’s Shibar District.
USAID/SPR-SEA/Gul Agha Baturi
Halima displays a dress that she has embroidered in the cherma dozi style. Cherma dozi is a tradition in Afghan culture. Gold and silver threads follow a lace-like pattern around the neckline, sleeves, and borders of women’s dresses.
Women in eastern Afghanistan like Musharaba are now enjoying newfound confidence and skills in carpet weaving and literacy thanks to USAID.
Work commences on an industrial park.
Workers put the final touches on a sidewalk in Kandahar. The city government initiated what became a very successful public works project.
(Data as of February 2013)
23 May 2013
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