Conditions improved after USAID’s Regional Afghan Municipalities Program for Urban Populations (RAMP UP) South program helped Kandahar City municipality build a new controlled site for waste. The site’s walls are compacted earth and it has a clay liner system that can withstand heavy vehicle movement. It can contain waste water.
Tens of thousands of farmers across Hilmand and Kandahar provinces didn’t necessarily see the benefit of working with the government and cooperatives. That perception changed because of the USAID funded Afghanistan Vouchers for Increased Production in Agriculture Plus (AVIPA Plus).
Ghazi Park is centrally located and close to important shopping districts. Kandahar City officials regard it as key to their economic strategy. A beautiful park would draw residents to the area – for shopping and recreation. Apart from the aesthetic benefits, property prices would rise. It would also provide intrinsic environmental benefits and improve the quality of life.
For Spin Boldak, a border town in southern Afghanistan, the business permit is more than just a piece of paper. It is a sustainable growth strategy.
Ahmad Milad Amiri enjoyed his job as finance officer at an Afghan information technology company. But he knew he could do better.
Last updated: January 16, 2015