Introduction

Director’s Information:

Hashmatullah Ghafoori, is a Master Degree Holder, in Business Administration and Post Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Rural Development. He has been working with MRRD since June 2005 on various positions, as Senior National Advisor, Advisor to the Minister and Head of Strategic Pillar, Program Coordinator and now he is serving as Director for the Regional Programs.

Hashmatullah Ghafoori

Director, Regional Programs 
Regional Programs Coordination Office
 
 
About Regional Programs

The Regional Programs Coordination Office (RPCO) was established in the MRRD compound in 2007 as one of the largest rural support program in terms of scope and coverage area, working across the county. The demand for rural development motivated the program management to operate in several sectors that created a stage for diversified activities, whereas all other national programs of the ministry are engaged in their specific sectors. In addition, the Program responds to expressed needs of the rural people, who require various basic services (community based infrastructures) which no other single rural development program has addressed so far. The program development efforts are focused on helping the poor in dealing with many of the risks they face in their lives  – such as unemployment, low house hold income, low agriculture production, poor irrigation systems, lack of accessibility to market, lack of education and health facilities, , lack community based disaster risk reduction infrastructures and insufficient potable water.

 

RPCO created a platform for sustainable community - based participatory irrigation infrastructure rehabilitation and development to increase farmers’ access to irrigation systems. Management of water is the country’s first priority for involvement of communities in poverty reduction. It generates employment in rural areas, and increases the agriculture production. Protecting irrigated land and houses from flash floods is another important activity of this Program

RPCO works to enhance the potential abilities, skills and knowledge of rural men and women, to enable them to articulate their aspirations and to effectively arrange the resources through participatory methods to meet their recognized needs. The purpose is poverty alleviation - enabling people to break the cycle of poverty, which begins with lack of opportunity, low income, extends to the well-known miseries of economic and nutritional poverty and leads new generations to endure the same conditions.

RPCO locates funding to respond to community’s needs and implements uncomplicated projects through a community contracting method including their contribution, but carrying out large and complex projects through qualified contractors.

 

Goals

To reduce poverty through implementation of productive infrastructures in rural communities.

 

Program Development Objectives

The program objectives are;

-          Increased agriculture production through community owned and managed irrigation infrastructure schemes.

-          Restoration, construction and protection of roads, bridges, irrigation and other infrastructures affected by flood.

 

 

Program Mandates,

·         Rehabilitating and construction of irrigation and transportation related subprojects in rural communities

·         Provision of drinking water,  health centers, school and public buildings

·         Capacity building for CDCs

 

Program Major Activities

Canals, intakes, small dams, retaining walls, aqueducts, super passages, weirs and siphons, Kariz. - Roads, bridges, culverts and washes – water supply and buildings.

 

Regional Program Major Projects

a.    Northern Flood-Damaged Infrastructure Emergency Rehabilitation (N-FIER) Project

 

Total Grant: USD 56.6 million

            ADF: USD 40 million

            AITF- DFID: USD 16.6 million

 

Donor: Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Provinces coverage: 27 (Balkh, Badakhshan, Takhar, Baghlan, Samangan, Jawzjan, Saripul, Faryab, Bamyan, Daikundi, Ghor, Panjsher, Kunar, Nooristan, Laghman, Parwan, Kunduz, Paktiya, Logar, Nangarhar, Wardak, Kabul, Kapisa, Ghazni, Khost, Paktika, Badghis).

Project duration: (35 months) November 2014 – October 2017

Stakeholders: MoF, MRRD, MEW

Sectors: Irrigation and Roads & Bridges

 

b.    Japanese Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) / Community Based Irrigation Rehabilitation and Development (C-BIRD)

 

Total Grant: 10 m USD

Donor: Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Provinces coverage: 4 (Balkh, Baghlan, Samangan, and Ghor).

Project duration: (48 months) September 2012 – September 2016

Stakeholders: MoF, MRRD,

Sectors: Irrigation

 

c.     Small Development Projects (SDP),

Donor: Indian Government

Budget: $10 m USD

Starting date: 1384

# of Projects completed: 51

# of Projects Ongoing: 24

# of Projects under plan: 13

Target provinces: all bordered provinces

 

 

d.    Least Developmental Provinces Project,

Targeted Provinces: Samangan, Diakundi, Ghor, Kunar, Paktika, Zabul, Nuristan

Budget: $ 80 m USD

Donor: MoF

Starting Date: 1387

# of Projects completed: 137

# of Projects Ongoing: 177

# of Projects under plan: 45

 

e.    Kazakhstan funded projects,

 

Program Strategic Projects:

1.      Arghandab Retaining Wall Project,

2.      Char-e-Kar Water Supply Project,

3.      Tangi Tashqurghan RCC Retaining Wall Project,

4.      Nuristan Paroon RCC Road,

 

Program Major Achievements

Around 1,700 small and large projects in sectors such as irrigation, transport, water supply and buildings have been implemented by Regional Programs.

 

Press conferences

Overall 17 press conferences have been held by Regional Programs and a total 1018 contracts signed.

 

Documentaries

Pictures

Future Plans

·        Recharge and Rehabilitation of non-functional Karizes

·        Community based Watershed Management and Rainfall Water Harvesting Structures

·        Rehabilitation of Existing non-functional Irrigation schemes

·        Construction and Rehabilitation of River Intakes

·       Mobile Solar Energy Pumps for Agriculture-land at River Banks

·       Other infrastructures…

 

 

RPCO Operation Manual

Table of Contents

Preface

Program Introduction

Brief information

Goal

Objectives

Mandates

Scope and Coverage

Organizational Structure

Chapter 1 Roles and Responsibilities

Major Activities

Implementation Plans (work plan, M&E plan, procurement plan, financial plan, administration plan, communication plan)

Components

Key and strategic projects

Subproject Implementation Mechanism

Technical Aspects,

Contract Award Methods,

Implementation,

Handover,

M&E and Result Framework

Capacity Building

Public Communication

Environmental and Social Safeguards

Future Plans

Annexes

National Integrated Rural Development Program (NIRDP)

RPCO created a platform for sustainable community - based participatory irrigation infrastructure rehabilitation and development to increase farmers’ access to irrigation systems. Management of water is the country’s first priority for involvement of communities in poverty reduction. It generates employment in rural areas, and increases the agriculture production. Protecting irrigated land and houses from flash floods is another important activity of this Program

RPCO works to enhance the potential abilities, skills and knowledge of rural men and women, to enable them to articulate their aspirations and to effectively arrange the resources through participatory methods to meet their recognized needs. The purpose is poverty alleviation - enabling people to break the cycle of poverty, which begins with lack of opportunity, low income, extends to the well-known miseries of economic and nutritional poverty and leads new generations to endure the same conditions.

RPCO locates funding to respond to community’s needs and implements uncomplicated projects through a community contracting method including their contribution, but carrying out large and complex projects through qualified contractors.

 

Goals

To reduce poverty through implementation of productive infrastructures in rural communities.

 

Program Development Objectives

The program objectives are;

-          Increased agriculture production through community owned and managed irrigation infrastructure schemes.

-          Restoration, construction and protection of roads, bridges, irrigation and other infrastructures affected by flood.

 

 

Program Mandates,

·         Rehabilitating and construction of irrigation and transportation related subprojects in rural communities

·         Provision of drinking water,  health centers, school and public buildings

·         Capacity building for CDCs

 

Program Major Activities

Canals, intakes, small dams, retaining walls, aqueducts, super passages, weirs and siphons, Kariz. - Roads, bridges, culverts and washes – water supply and buildings.

 

Regional Program Major Projects

a.    Northern Flood-Damaged Infrastructure Emergency Rehabilitation (N-FIER) Project

 

Total Grant: USD 56.6 million

            ADF: USD 40 million

            AITF- DFID: USD 16.6 million

 

Donor: Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Provinces coverage: 27 (Balkh, Badakhshan, Takhar, Baghlan, Samangan, Jawzjan, Saripul, Faryab, Bamyan, Daikundi, Ghor, Panjsher, Kunar, Nooristan, Laghman, Parwan, Kunduz, Paktiya, Logar, Nangarhar, Wardak, Kabul, Kapisa, Ghazni, Khost, Paktika, Badghis).

Project duration: (35 months) November 2014 – October 2017

Stakeholders: MoF, MRRD, MEW

Sectors: Irrigation and Roads & Bridges

 

b.    Japanese Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) / Community Based Irrigation Rehabilitation and Development (C-BIRD)

 

Total Grant: 10 m USD

Donor: Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Provinces coverage: 4 (Balkh, Baghlan, Samangan, and Ghor).

Project duration: (48 months) September 2012 – September 2016

Stakeholders: MoF, MRRD,

Sectors: Irrigation

 

c.     Small Development Projects (SDP),

Donor: Indian Government

Budget: $10 m USD

Starting date: 1384

# of Projects completed: 51

# of Projects Ongoing: 24

# of Projects under plan: 13

Target provinces: all bordered provinces

 

 

d.    Least Developmental Provinces Project,

Targeted Provinces: Samangan, Diakundi, Ghor, Kunar, Paktika, Zabul, Nuristan

Budget: $ 80 m USD

Donor: MoF

Starting Date: 1387

# of Projects completed: 137

# of Projects Ongoing: 177

# of Projects under plan: 45

 

e.    Kazakhstan funded projects,

 

Program Strategic Projects:

1.      Arghandab Retaining Wall Project,

2.      Char-e-Kar Water Supply Project,

3.      Tangi Tashqurghan RCC Retaining Wall Project,

4.      Nuristan Paroon RCC Road,

 

Program Major Achievements

Around 1,700 small and large projects in sectors such as irrigation, transport, water supply and buildings have been implemented by Regional Programs.

 

Press conferences

Overall 17 press conferences have been held by Regional Programs and a total 1018 contracts signed.

 

Documentaries

Pictures

Future Plans

·        Recharge and Rehabilitation of non-functional Karizes

·        Community based Watershed Management and Rainfall Water Harvesting Structures

·        Rehabilitation of Existing non-functional Irrigation schemes

·        Construction and Rehabilitation of River Intakes

·       Mobile Solar Energy Pumps for Agriculture-land at River Banks

·       Other infrastructures…


 

RPCO Operation Manual

Table of Contents

Preface

Program Introduction

Brief information

Goal

Objectives

Mandates

Scope and Coverage

Organizational Structure

Chapter 1 Roles and Responsibilities

Major Activities

Implementation Plans (work plan, M&E plan, procurement plan, financial plan, administration plan, communication plan)

Components

Key and strategic projects

Subproject Implementation Mechanism

Technical Aspects,

Contract Award Methods,

Implementation,

Handover,

M&E and Result Framework

Capacity Building

Public Communication

Environmental and Social Safeguards

Future Plans

Annexes

National Integrated Rural Development Program (NIRDP)