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Initiative timeframe: 2013/2016

Total initiative costs

€ 5,420,000.0
Reparted as
  • Loans -
  • Grants € 5,420,000.0


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FARAH PROVINCE: DISTRICTS - Anar Dara, Purchaman, Bakwa, Gulistan BADGHIS PROVINCE: DISTRICTS - Qala-i-now, Qadis, Ab Kamari

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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 112 involving around 90.000 individuals and 17.000 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 ….). The Italian contribution to NSP has been supported also with a Local Fund Management (LFM - 10055/02/1) in order to allow the Italian Development Cooperation staff, to carry on monitoring, visibility and daily managements activities for the main grant ex. art. 15 Reg. L. 49/87. read more close

Main outcome

Improving the life conditions of the rural population in 2 afghan provinces, and strengthening local governance bodies

Initiative data

Initiative number 010055
Purpose Rural development
Sector Other Multisector


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, together with Italy, by: World Bank (through International Development Agency), Afganistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), Japanese Social Development Fund (JSDF), Denmark, New Zeland, Holland, Cezck Republic, Switzerland, Slovack Republic, France.


300.000 people

Beneficiaries of which females 40.0%

Funding request (Download)

Funding request for NSP III from Ministry of Rural, Rehabilitation and Development to Italian Government

Date June 18, 2013

Bilateral Agreement (Download)

Bilateral Agreement for NSP III among Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Government of Italy.

Date Sept. 26, 2013

Technical Economic Evaluation (Download)

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 June 20, 2013

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 foressen in the program.

Actions taken

To be decided

Increasing insecurity in some districts due to political and economic instability during 2014

Some projects ‘activities have been stopped or delayed

Actions taken

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.

Ministry of Rural, Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD)

Italian contribution to NSP III ex. art 15 Reg. L. 49/87 - Euro 5.000.000,00 approved on the 2013

Status Ongoing
Type Contributions
Procedure Direct Contracting/Direct Assignment
Procurement notice Tender preparation

Embassy of Italy

Local Management Fund (LMF) - Euro 170.000,00 approved on the 2013 Local Management Fund (LMF) - Euro 250.000,00 approved on the 2015

Status Ongoing
Type Technical Assistance/Consultancy and related expenses
Procedure Competitive Bidding
Procurement notice Tender preparation