Gubal Mangal, governor of Afghanistan’s Helmand province, outlined his vision for the long-term recovery of the district of Nad Ali to include both immediate initiatives such as cash-for-work programs and longer-term efforts, such as the construction of new schools. Civilian experts backed by the U.K. Department for International Development are currently in Helmand to help the government achieve its goals in developing the province’s agriculture, infrastructure, justice and education sectors.
The experts will help implement Operation Moshtarak, which aims to help the government of Afghanistan regain control of Nad Ali, which was previously under Taliban control. As part of the plan, the number of teachers and officials permanently based in the region and in Marjah would increase, regular village meetings would be conducted, essential architecture would be repaired, and farmers would gain access to seeds. Support would also go to cash-for-work programs already started by the local government.