Central Asia Development Group (CADG) Announces Results Of Major Donor-Funded Cash For Work Programs Across Afghanistan

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The Central Asia Development Group (CADG) today announced the results of the implementation of Phase II of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Food Insecurity Response to Urban Populations (FIRUP) Program in Afghanistan.

“We’re proud of the success of the CDP program in Afghanistan,”

CADG, through funds donated by USAID, employed approximately 144,809 people across 14 provinces of Afghanistan for the period of March 15, 2009 through September 30th of 2010. This amounted to a total of 868,854 direct beneficiaries (workers x average of six family members) across the 132 projects that were implemented across the country, mostly in the volatile southern and the eastern provinces of: Helmand, Nimroz, Daikundi, Urozgan, Zabul, Herat, Farah, Baghdis, Ghor, Wardak, Logar, Ghazni, Nangarhar, Kunar, Laghman, Paktia, Paktika, Khost and Kandahar.

Unlike many other development organizations, CADG personnel live in the communities where the projects are conducted so that the project management benefits from the input of the donors, the local government, and the community elders that understand the needs of the local people so that the end result drives change for the people who need it the most.

The FIRUP program--now officially renamed the Community Development Program (CDP)--was designed to serve two specific functions. The first was to provide employment to Afghans who could not find work so that they could provide food and shelter for their families; and secondly to employ Afghan men who lived in provinces where the Taliban and other insurgencies were known to recruit. The wages paid to the workers--considered the going rate for unskilled and skilled manual labor—were for working in legitimate infrastructure and municipal development projects, selected by local community leaders that would benefit the entire local population. The FIRUP projects provided income and also inhibited the Taliban from finding new recruits from the local unemployed male population.

“We’re proud of the success of the CDP program in Afghanistan,” says Ms. Raju Shaulis, CADG President. “The 132 projects have given work opportunities to almost 145,000 Afghans who would otherwise have absolutely no work or wage earning potential. In many ways, CADG has been at the forefront of grassroots development in Afghanistan. Most of the projects not only provide the laborers with an income, but the work also improves the basic infrastructure in remote places that have never seen development projects. These projects help the communities with basic needs like roads, flood control and waste management. And the wages provide food and a means to pay for housing.”

CADG, currently operating in 19 of the 34 provinces in Afghanistan, is an established and experienced program implementers of third-party funds (US AID, Canadian International Development Agency) in Afghanistan that reach out to the community to plan and manage infrastructure projects that range from road repair to canal cleaning, to the building of check dams and retaining walls for flood control. The projects routinely employ from a few hundred, to thousands of Afghan men and women who have few opportunities for meaningful work.

“We’re proud of our commitment to Afghanistan,” says Shaulis. “We have already begun work on the third phase of our development projects across the country. We’re looking forward to seeing the results of this program when it concludes next September and we are expecting to see even more meaningful development and a greater impact on the most vulnerable communities across the provinces where we’re working.”

Central Asia Development Group (CADG) is a privately-held company with its headquarters and administrative offices in Singapore, and country offices in Thailand, Cambodia and Pakistan. The company delivers engineering, logistics, aid management, and development services to remote and challenging areas like Afghanistan. From infrastructural work on canals, bridges and roads, to sustainable agricultural projects, we work to improve and enrich the lives of local communities in and around central Asia. CADG is supported by a well-established management system for large-scale projects, as well as for donor-funded, cash-intensive development programs of the highest quality. More information can be seen at http://www.central-asia.net.

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