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The National Solidarity Program (NSP) is a national priority programme of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan that has been executed by the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD). This is the single largest community development initiative of MRRD in Afghanistan and known to be the second-largest in the world, where USD 2.7 billion has been approved as budget from 2003 to September 2016.  The development objective of this programme is to build, strengthen, and maintain Community Development Councils (CDCs) as effective institutions for local governance and socio-economic development. 

BRAC Afghanistan has been working with MRRD as Facilitating Partner (FP) for NSP since 2003, mobilising and partnering with communities to construct community infrastructure projects including community centres, water supply schemes, latrines, irrigation channels, micro-hydroelectric plants, protection walls, roads, bridges and schools. Through NSP, BRAC Afghanistan is working to strengthen the concepts of community mobilisation, natural resource management, and enterprise development in the communities.

BRAC also helps CDCs link with other potential funding sources for community development projects that are not funded by a NSP block grant. BRAC contributes to the NSP process in four ways:
•    Facilitates and supervises the democratic election of CDCs
•    Helps identify and prioritise potential infrastructure projects needed by the CDCs
•    Assists with project design, NSP applications, and project reports
•    Oversees the financial transactions of the CDCs to ensure transparency and accuracy

Through participation in the NSP along with others, communities strengthen skills and attitudes necessary to define, manage and govern their own development. As of January 2015, BRAC has successfully mobilised and provided technical assistance to more than 250,000 families in 806 CDCs in 4 provinces of Afghanistan under NSP III, and have also successfully initiated and conducted various kinds of capacity development activities to 141,050 community members.

In addition to NSPs on-going operations, the construction department has been established in 2014 with an aim to assist and facilitate all sorts of construction within the organisation. At present, the construction department is providing technical assistance to the education programme of BRAC Afghanistan in completing the construction of 28 school buildings in 9 provinces of Afghanistan.

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Duration

Donor/Partner

Goal

Repeater Block Grant (RBG) 1 in National Solidarity Programme

January 2011 to December 2014

MRRD

The objective of the NSP is to build, strengthen, and maintain Community Development Councils (CDCs) as effective institutions for local governance and socio-economic development. This project is mainly for communities where the full first block grant was utilised for subprojects as approved by the NSP.

This project has been completed and successfully handed over to MRRD on December 2014. 

Repeater Block Grant (RBG) 2 in National Solidarity Programme

January 2013 to September 2016

MRRD

The objective of the NSP is to build, strengthen, and maintain Community Development Councils (CDCs) as effective institutions for local governance and socio-economic development.

This project is mainly for communities where the full first block grant was utilised for subprojects as approved by the NSP (irrespective of whether the final status of the subproject was failed or completed).

New Rollout in National Solidarity Programme

September 2012 to September 2016

MRRD

The objective of the NSP is to build, strengthen, and maintain Community Development Councils (CDCs) as effective institutions for local governance and social-economic development.

This project is for communities where NSP has never worked before and these communities will receive their first block grant for implementation of sub-projects.

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