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Welcome to Kabul:Reconstructions. You can follow the information below, which has been gathered from a
number of sources by a number of participants (click on the names at left for bios), to reconstruct your
own picture of events in Kabul since this site was launched on March 8th, 2003 and, in a sense, since the
reconstruction of Afghanistan began somewhere in the winter of 2001-02.
Some of this information has been provided in response to specific questions submitted by visitors like you. Please note that this section of the project is now maintained as an archive and has not been updated since 2005. Click here to ASK A QUESTION.
Arian Mouj Sharifi
New World Bank reconstruction project agreements (Paktribune)
World Bank signs three projects in Afghanistan Paktribune August 14, 2003 WASHINGTON, August 14 (Online): At the request of the Government of Afghanistan, the World Bank, as the administrator of the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), signed agreements last week for three new projects designed to help improve the country's telecommunications system; repair its roads and drainage systems, and provide financial services to low-income people. A grant of US$ 3 million will be provided to the Ministry of Telecommunications to establish international connectivity between Afghanistan and the rest of the world, particularly with its neighboring countries. The funds will also begin investment in Afghan Telecom in preparation for its privatization - a key step for future partnerships with the private sector. "Today Afghanistan has one of the weakest telecommunications systems in the world. Only one out of every 625 Afghan citizens has access to telephone service," said Philippe Dongier, Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund Manager. "The ARTF Management Committee approved Government's proposal for an investment in this project as it will generate funds from telecom services to strengthen Government's revenue base for contribution to the recurrent and development budget of the country." The Trust Fund also provided for a grant of US$ 3 million to improve transport services on important roads within Kabul city through the rehabilitation of road sections, as well as the repair of drainage systems along these roads. The overall objective is to achieve effective and visible contribution to the economic recovery of Kabul. "As the capital of Afghanistan, Kabul has a population of about 3 million people including returnees, internally displaced people, female-headed households, disabled people and other vulnerable groups. One of the Government's priorities is to improve the situation here and the ARTF Management Committee felt it was critical to help the government finance activities to enable it to achieve its development goals for the city," said Mohammad Qahir Haidari, World Bank Operations Officer in Kabul. The third grant, which was issued last week, was one for US$ 4 million which will support access to credit and other financial services for poor and low income people. These households can use the micro-finance to invest in business opportunities, meet emergency needs, reduce vulnerability and build assets. This project will specifically focus supporting the entrepreneurial spirit of the Afghan people to help them improve their livelihoods and make the transition from dependence on humanitarian assistance to economic independence. It will help the government establish the foundations of a strong, sustainable micro-finance sector and set up a national Micro-finance Investment and Support Fund for Afghanistan as an autonomous wholesale institution for long term development and the sustainability of the sector. "War has devastated almost all basic services in the country, and has resulted in a significant increase in the level of poverty," said Mudassir Khan, a World Bank Senior Financial Specialist. "Micro and small business opportunities will generate livelihoods for the people of Afghanistan where lack of capital is the key constraint.".
Posted By: mariam   November 13th 2003, 2003 8:28 PM
Kabul: Partial Reconstructions is an installation
and public dialogue project that explores the multiple meanings and resonances of
the idea of reconstruction -- as both process and metaphor -- in the context of present-day Kabul.
www.kabul-reconstructions.net is an online discussion forum, information resource, and medium for the communication of questions and answers about the reconstruction between people inside and outside the city of Kabul itself.