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Improving Stability in Southern Afghanistan

To empower communities to address sources of instability, the Afghanistan Stabilization Initiative –South helped build confidence between communities and the Afghan government by improving social and economic conditions and increasing public access to information and services.
In support of USAID’s goal of promoting a prosperous and stable environment, the Afghanistan Stabilization Initiative – South helped to build links between the Afghan government and local communities, creating social and economic conditions that build confidence in violence-prone regions.

To stabilize these regions, Chemonics linked government representatives and communities, bringing these groups together to identify important issues and support activities that bolster stability. The project worked with the Afghan government and local communities on a variety of projects designed to promote stability — from building capacity for local media to refurbishing hospitals to building walls to protect from seasonal flooding.
One key example was the launch of the Voice of Arghandab radio station, promoting a credible, accessible, and responsive voice for the government. By seeking to increase public access and information about the government’s social, economic, and political activities and policies, the project and its partners worked to improve economic and social conditions while enhancing the legitimacy of the government of Afghanistan.
Project Results:
  • Built a 244-meter flood protection wall to protect 20 families from seasonal flooding
  • Rehabilitated 173 shops in the central bazaar in Marjah
  • Established a women’s center in Zhari’s district center to enable women to visit the district governor and present issues

Project Duration: 2009 - 2012


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