USAID Promises Better Coordination in Afghan Water Projects

A village elder leads the ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the construction of 46 running water taps in the Afghan district of Nawa, which is a project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. Photo by: USAID

The U.S. Agency for International Development looks to develop an implementation plan that will complement the government’s interagency water strategy for Afghanistan, with clear roles and responsibilities of various agencies involved in executing the strategy.

The pledge followed a study by the Government Accountability Office, which noted the lack of an interagency implementation plan as prescribed by the strategy and a centralized database to improve coordination, which the U.S. government watchdog recommended previously.

The GAO report also called on USAID to consider options for developing a formal mechanism that can strengthen its coordination with other donors supporting Afghanistan’s water sector development efforts.

Although USAID agreed with GAO’s recommendation, it stressed that its ability to lead donors in such efforts is “somewhat limited” as the U.S. gives “perhaps the least amount of money” for the Afghan water sector among major international donors.

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  • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.