The Union Cabinet today
approved the third phase of the Small Development Projects in
Afghanistan. The outlay on the third phase of the Small Development
Projects in US$ 100 million.
The outlay for the third Phase of the Small Developmental Projects is
US$ 100 Million (approximately Rs.500 crore).
The Small Development Projects directly impact local communities and
support social-economic development, provide livelihood, help conserve
environmental and cultural heritage, empower women, promote child
welfare and facilitate community life through creation of infrastructure
in the education, health, agriculture and agro-industry, renewable
energy, trade, transport and communication, recreation and community
Local communities of Afghanistan would directly benefit from the Small
Development Projects. Exact number of beneficiaries cannot be verified.
This will cover all 34 provinces of Afghanistan.
The Small Development Projects were earlier implemented in two phases:
the first in July 2006 comprising 50 projects worth US$ 11,216,179; and
the second in June 2008 comprising 51 projects worth US$ 8,579,537. Most
of the projects in the two phases have been completed
The projects will be implemented over a period of four years through
local Afghan Government Bodies, Community Organizations,
Non-Governmental Organizations, Charitable Trusts and Education and
Vocational Institutions. The expenditure on the projects will be met
from the Non-Plan head of `Aid to Afghanistan’ budget of the Ministry of