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Building the Capacity of Afghan Municipalities to Deliver Services and Spur Economic Growth

To increase transparency and accountability, the Regional Afghan Municipalities Program for Urban Populations built local government capacity to improve service delivery and enable, support, and sustain economic growth.
Working behind the scenes, the USAID Regional Afghan Municipalities Program for Urban Populations – South built the capacity of municipal officials in southern Afghanistan to deliver efficient, responsive, and gender-sensitive municipal services, and generate revenue to sustain economic growth. Basic services such as sanitation, waste management, and roads have a significant effect on residents’ quality of life, economic success, and trust in local government.
 
Through citizen survey polls and public outreach initiatives, Chemonics worked with municipalities to identify and implement targeted service delivery programs most needed by citizens. By supporting local authorities’ capacity to increase revenue generation through land registration, taxation, and public-private partnerships, the project enhanced the effectiveness of local governments to sustain municipal service delivery, which has increased Afghan citizens’ trust in their government.
 
    
In addition, the project worked with a broad range of municipal officials across departments to strengthen technical capacity in areas including municipal budgeting, solid waste management, and office administration. With project assistance, the target municipalities developed sustainable capacity to plan, fund, manage, and deliver essential services required and prioritized by citizens.
 
In one critical initiative, the project implemented a debris collection project in partnership with the Kandahar municipality to remove 30 years worth of garbage and debris from streets and vacant lots, which had prevented cars and motorbikes from using the roads and blocked access to local businesses. This was a precursor to the project’s long-term solid waste management program, which supplied target municipalities with garbage trucks, skips, and training on sustainable waste collection practices, and helped municipalities establish regular and sustainable waste collection systems. The project supplied the Kandahar municipality with eight vehicles, 50 garbage skips, and training on sustainable waste collection practices.
 
Regular waste collection, construction of public latrines, and other municipal development efforts established a sense of trust in the local government while improving citizens’ quality of life.  About 100 municipal officials were trained in disciplines such as geographic information system data collection and management, land registration, vehicle checks, and debris/waste collection and management. To assist in this training, the project developed and implemented an integrated financial management system — a database that streamlines the core financial systems of revenue collection and provided internet access to municpal officials. By engaging local officials in training for each initiative, the project ensured the sustainability of services and continues to promote transparent, accountable, and effective local governance.
 
Project Results:
 
  • Generated $3,109,522 in municipal revenue and helped register 40,595 new businesses and 157,770 land parcels
  • Used Integrated Financial Management System (IFMS) to license and record 5,463 businesses
  • Assisted with 105 priority municipal service projects
  • Increased target municipalities' revenue by 217 percent from 2010-2013

​Watch RAMP UP-South's Chief of Party Danny Hill discuss the importance of foreign aid investments in transitional governments.

Read the Final Report here.

Project Duration: 2010 - 2014

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