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A Road for Us
The project manager for the Bamyan to Dushi road chats with governors and community leaders following the meeting.
The project manager for the Bamyan to Dushi road chats with governors and community leaders following the meeting.
To introduce a new design for the Bamyan-Dushi Road in Afghanistan, USAID’s Afghanistan Infrastructure and Rehabilitation Program (IRP) organized a town meeting with local citizens, as usual. The way they did it, and the outcome, demonstrates the importance of effective community outreach.

First, Afghan members of the project team made a concerted effort to reach out to local leaders and elders, informing them of the importance of the meeting. On the appointed day, over a hundred people turned up—almost double the number expected.

Second, the project team prepared a careful agenda, taping maps to the wall, distributing materials, and taking the time to discuss each stage of the process. The project manager, an Afghan-American engineer who graduated from Kabul University and pursued higher academic degrees in the United States, spoke first, in Dari.

Then, at the conclusion of the presentation, the project team sat down to listen.

When the provincial governor of Baghlan—whose esteemed presence at the meeting spoke as loudly as his words—rose to speak, he praised the scope of the project. Two district governors followed, and, in 90 minutes, the project had received a full endorsement.

Following the meeting, members of the project team joined the governors and community leaders for lunch where, seated on cushions sharing a traditional Afghan meal, the talk went on.

This meeting went far beyond the sharing of information in preparation for a road project. It struck the balance between the professional and the personal, and it cultivated the conditions that allowed all sides to share their views and discuss mutual goals.

Reinforcing the value of community engagement and human interaction, a village elder said it simply when he said, “This road is for us.”

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