Initiative timeframe: 2012/2015
Total initiative costs
- Loans -
- Grants € 6,000,000.0
HERAT PROVINCE: DISTRICTS - Chishti Sharif, Injil, Karukh, Obe, Pashtun Zarghun, Shindand, Zinda Jan GHOR PROVINCE: DISTRICTS - Chaghcharan, Dawlat Yar Lal Wa, Sarjangal BAMYAN PROVINCE: DISTRICTS - Bamyan, Panjab
The National Solidarity Program (NSP) is widely considered as the flagship program for the rural development in Afghanistan. It is a program designed and implemented by the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation Development (MRRD) in close collaboration with the World Bank. The Program is strengthening local governance in Afghanistan in order to improve the access of rural communities to social and productive infrastructure and services by channeling resources to democratically-elected Community Development Councils (CDCs) and building the capacity of CDCs to facilitate community level investments. The importance of rural development has been affirmed in the document named “Realizing Self-Reliance” presented by the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoIRA) during the last London Conference as well as in the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS) and in the Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework (TMAF). The program is at its third phase (NSP III) and it aims to disburse a first BG to the communities uncovered during the phase I and II (around 17.000), adding a second BG for all the communities who have successfully completed the activities funded with the first BG. The projects realized so far with the Italian grant are 416 involving around 378.000 individuals and 75.000 families. The NSP in general is paying attention to the vulnerable people as women, IDPs, small ethnic groups through an inclusive participation system in the CDCs election and during the implementation of project activities. All NSP projects are small-scale rural infrastructures with a very low environmental and social impact (irrigation schemes, boreholes, micro hydro-power plant, tertiary road ….). read more close
Improving the life conditions of the rural population in 3 afghan provinces, and strenghtening local governace bodies
|Agency||MAE - Direzione Generale per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo|
|Counterpart authority||Ministry of Rural, Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD)|
|Other financiers||The total program budget is 1,5 billion of USD co-founded by: World Bank (through International Development Agency), Afganistan Reconstruction Trust Fund, Japanese Social Development Fund, Denmark, New Zeland, Holland, Cezck Republic, Slovack republic, Switzerland and France.|
500.000 peopleBeneficiaries of which females 40.0%
|Title||€ Committed||€ Used|
|Project without name||6,000,000||6,000,000|
Financial proposal for NSP III from Ministry of Rural, Rehabilitation and Development to Italian Government.
|Date||Sept. 30, 2012|
Bilateral Agreement for NSP III among Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Government of Italy.
|Date||Nov. 9, 2012|
Funding request for NSP III from Ministry of Rural, Rehabilitation and Development and Ministry of Finance to Italian Government.
|Date||Oct. 1, 2012|
Amendment of art. 6 of the bilateral agreement among Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Government of Italy.
|Date||Jan. 20, 2013|
Technical Economic Evaluation of the Financial proposal for NSP III done by Central Technical Unit of Directorate General for Development Cooperation (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation).
|Date||Oct. 16, 2012|
Increasing insecurity in some districts due to political and economic instability during 2014.
Some projects ‘activities have been stopped or delayed.
Projects ‘activities carry on with the High Risk Area Implementation Strategy (HRAIS) which foreseen that in case of impossibility for the Facilitating Partners (NGOs or CBOs both local and international) or for the private companies to access to in the districts in order to support the beneficiaries during the action, the communities by themselves will take full responsibility for all the implementation and maintenance of the project. In case of any failure from some communities to respect this agreement the NSP will stop the funds.
Difficulties in recruitment of female staff for NSP Provincial Management Unit and for Facilitating Partners (NGOs or CBOs both local and international).
Minor effectiveness reaching the gender equality goal foreseen in the program.
To be decided.
Ministry of Rural, Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD)
Contribution ex. art. 15 reg. L. 49/87 - Euro 6.000.000,00
|Procedure||Direct Contracting/Direct Assignment|