Germany hands over 29 completed projects worth AFN 410m to local government in Baghlan
At the official inauguration ceremony, Germany’s Consul General to northern Afghanistan Dr. Zimmermann, handed over new buildings for 21 schools, seven irrigation canals and one road. The projects are located in Pul-e-Khumri city and in the districts of Doshi, Khinjan, Deh Salah, Puli-e-Hesar, Banu and Dan-e-Ghoori. The total cost for all 29 projects amounted to almost AFN 410.5 million.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Dr. Zimmermann said, “Germany intends to make a meaningful and sustainable contribution to the development of Afghanistan for the sake of a better future for the Afghan population.” He under-lined that Afghan-German cooperation dates back 100 years this year, adding, “Germany is looking forward to the next 100 years of friendship.” The Consul General also stressed, “The Afghan government can contribute substantial-ly to the sustainability of these projects by adopting them and taking good care of their future maintenance.”
In total, 9,747 boys and 4,402 girls will benefit from the new school buildings, which were constructed according to high standards followed by the Ministry of Education. The new road is located in Pul-e-Khumri and offers a much-needed secondary thoroughfare connecting around 10,000 people with the central market. 4,077 households will benefit from the new irrigation canals. Farmers who distribute water for irrigation fairly and efficiently contribute to a reduction in conflict in water management, further improving the farmers’ livelihoods and economic opportuni-ties.
All 29 projects were accepted and welcomed on the provincial and district level government, who were active stakeholders in project oversight. The Baghlan Provincial Governor, Heads of Government Line Departments, Pro-vincial Council and representatives and stakeholders from throughout Baghlan attended the inauguration ceremo-ny. The projects were all requested by the respective communities and confirmed by provincial and district authori-ties. The development plans of the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Energy and Water and the provincial and dis-trict development authorities prioritized the projects.
Afghan construction companies were responsible for all of the construction measures between November 2013 and January 2015.
Since 2010, the German government has funded more than 245 small- and medium-size infrastructure projects in 45 districts with over AFN 6.3 billion (€87 million) through the programme, with 50 new infrastructure projects in Baghlan alone. The aim is to improve access for citizens to education, healthcare, markets and improved irrigation through high-impact projects. The Stabilization Program for Northern Afghanistan (SPNA) is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office through KfW Development Bank and implemented by the Aga Khan Development Network, in partnership with Mercy Corps and ACTED.