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Improving lives through development

Reconstruction & development begins with the basics

The growth in the number of inhabitants in Gereshk in the central part of Helmand Province and a destroyed refuse collection system created problems with waste management in the town. A refuse collection system was built with waste drop-off points where the local population could deliver their waste instead of throwing it on the street. It soon became a success, and the quantity of rubbish at the waste drop-off points grew, so much so that the town’s refuse workers were unable to keep up. A mechanical solution to the collection problem was needed to enable the town’s refuse workers to carry out their work more effectively. The Danish CIMIC (Civil-Military Co-operation) detachment, therefore, provided refuse collection trucks, on the condition that the local authorities themselves could maintain them and that spare parts could be obtained locally.

Danish support to the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund

Denmark has provided considerable support to the multi-donor trust fund, the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), which plays a key role in the endeavour of reforming the public sector. The Trust Fund has built up a system that enhances the state’s financial control systems, thus ensuring proper use of the funds. The Trust Fund has played a decisive role in the re-establishment of the Afghan state and provincial administration, which is strategically important as a counter-weight to the local power bases of warlords. Read more about the ARTF reconstruction projects here.

Rural development and access to micro-credits

The National Solidarity Programme (NSP), which is a national programme supported by Denmark, provides grants directly to Afghan villages, which – via democratically elected Community Development Councils –prioritises and implement their own small projects. The programme is one of the greatest development successes to date in Afghanistan and has so far reached over 18,000 villages.

The village of Mir Bacha Kot, which lies 20 km north of Kabul, is one of the villages that have access to micro-financing facilities under the MISFA programme. This means that the local inhabitants can take out small loans for setting up, for example, businesses that in the long term can stimulate the local economy. One of the women in the village was therefore pleased to be able to receive her first loan of AFA 10,000, which she used for starting a small workshop, where she produced children’s clothes. She has, since then received additional loans that have enabled her to expand the business. Hence, she now has 10 women employed in her business. The business is now selling the products, not just on the local market, but also in other provinces such as Marzar-e-Sharif in northern Afghanistan.