Under BRD participatory irrigation management program, funded by the Afghanistan Ministry of Agriculture under the Asian Development Bank is currently taking place in Afghanistan’s Balkh and Ningarhar province. BRD has completed the establishment of 34 Irrigation Associations (AI) and trained 90 members of the AIs and Community Development Councils (CDC) in Water Law and Water Conservation.The overall training program covers 28 associations and relevant members in the Ningarhar province and 35 associations in the Mushtaq Canal in Balkh province. The civil work component of the program deals with the repairation and designing of the irrigation structures.So far 15 irrigation structures have been identified for repairation through a joint assessment, consisting of representatives of the Agricultural ministry, BRD engineers, IAs and CDC members.
After successfully delivering the awareness raising campaign on participatory irrigation management program and the Afghanistan water law, and social mobilization of the farmers, the formation process of Irrigation Associations has been initiated in Mushtaq canal in Lawer Balkh Sub-Basin. The Irrigation Association formation will be facilitated by BRD in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock and Communication Elders in each sub-canal area. BRD will support the community’s elders in the organization of a general meeting, where BRD will present to the participants the goals and objectives of the program and the potential role and responsibilities of the Irrigation Associations. In addition, a Chair will be elected, together with a Deputy Chair and cashier, through a free and fair election facilitated by BRD.
Under BRD’s social protection program 7 vulnerable youth received vocational training. Vocational training provides them with skills that secure the entry to the job market and enable them to earn sufficient income to support their families.The youth in Afghanistan experiences an inadequate services delivery. All youth who are internally displaced or newly returned are vulnerable, suffering from negative effects such as physical and mental health issues, poor education, financial uncertainty, lack of employment opportunities, social disconnection, mistrust and general insecurity.
The Balkh and Ningarhar provinces have fertile agricultural land where local farmers manage their irrigation system, established decades ago. This systems suffer due to deferred maintenance and there is a need for improvement with the aim to make irrigation less labor intensive.The Water Resources Development Investment Program (WRDIP) will support Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) and Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) to implement Participatory Irrigation Management (PIM) and develop the capacity to support activities and operationalize the institutional framework established in the Water Law. Specifically, it will include organizational capacity development of MAIL for Irrigation User Association support and implementation of PIM, as well as organizational capacity development of MEW for Water User Association support and implementation of WUA activities.
Our first newsletter of 2018 looks back on 2017’s accomplishments and looks forward on BRD’s 2018-2021 strategic plan. The newsletter also highlights mobilization for the September 15th, 2018 “Let’s Do It” International Cleanup Day campaign. Read more here.
The December issue of the BRD newsletter is out and covers BRD international engagement with the Council of States Parties, the United Nation’s Convention against Corruption policy-making body. You can also learn about one of our volunteers and BRD’s involvement in the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.