Afghanistan Infrastructure and Rehabilitation Services Program(IRP) written in English, Dari and Pashto
Keshim-Faizabad Road, looking upstream on Kotcha River Schoolgirls at well pumping clean water Afghan workers building part of a bridge Asphalt being laid on an Afghan road A section of North West Kabul Power Plant Aerial view of the Kajakai Dam

Bridging Problems in Uruzgan 

Building a Road and So Much More 

Engineering the Expertise of Tomorrow 

Electricity Brightens Afghanistan 

A Man for all Roads 

Paving the Road to Afghan Prosperity 

Afghans Build their Nation’s Highways 

Good Neighbors Share Electric Power 

Workers Upgrade Skills and Jobs 

Support in a Grand Assembly 

An Advisor Becomes a Leader 

Afghan Road Maintenance Services Expand to Parwan Province 

Afghans Now Control Power Plant 

USAID Training Keeps Power Going 

Officials to Establish Road Authority 

Road Paves the Way for Education 

Transporting Eggs Safely to Market 

Media Study Analyzes Afghan Viewer Reaction to <em>On the Road</em> Show 

Energizing the Arts 

Opening the Lines of Communication 

Presentation Explains the Success of Performance-based Contracting in Afghanistan 

IRP Salutes Jim Myers: Builder of Afghanistan’s Kabul to Kandahar Highway 

Energy Networks Maintain Steady Power in Kabul 

Engineering a Better Future 

Interns Graduate with Practical Skills in Road Construction 

Can-Do Spirit Builds Bridges 

Appreciation Ceremony Honors Power Plant Builders 

Fox News Reports: Media Industry in Afghanistan Slowly Growing 

Governor Thanks Donors for Winter Road Maintenance 

Project Controls Save Time and Money 

Afghan Fulbright Scholars See Bright Future for Their Country 

Female Engineer Works for Her People 

Reliable Electricity Improves Kabul Dental School 

Afghan Capacity to Operate and Maintain National Highway System Gains Momentum 

Afghan Officials Negotiate Successful Energy Contract 

Invitation to Pre-Bid Conferences for Operation and Maintenance of Roadways in Paktya and Parwan Provinces 

Kabul to Badakhshan in 12 Hours or Less 

Infrastructure Work Brings Jobs, Stability 

Hard at Work: Young Afghan Women Break the Mold 

A Road for Us 



In early December, when it rains in Kabul, snow is falling in Bamyan.

This year, for the first time there will be backhoes, excavators, dump trucks, and compactors on the road from Bamyan to Dushi, clearing the snow and smoothing the roughest spots. In the spring, the work will turn ...more >


On December 8, 2009, the third and final power block came on-line at the Tarakhil power plant on the outskirts of Kabul, rendering the plant fully capable of producing the 105 megawatts of energy it was designed and built to deliver.

In August of 2009, President Hamid Karzai, Minister of Energy ...more >


A sixth round of engineering internships kicked off in September in Kabul with 21 interns as part of an ongoing capacity building program under USAID’s Afghanistan Infrastructure and Rehabilitation Program (IRP).

A model for improving the skills of young Afghan professionals, the internship program began in November 2007. Since then, over ...more >


Beginning Saturday, November 21st, a new, innovative Afghan national TV program, On the Road, ("Hai Maidan Tai Maidan") will showcase the diversity of Afghanistan and the progress being made in the country’s development.

The weekly TV program, which is filmed in Dari, Pashto and other local languages, presents Afghans’ local and national pride ...more >


24 October 2009 – Thousands of residents in Kandahar and Helmand provinces now have more - or first ever - electricity thanks to the rehabilitation of the Kajakai Dam Powerhouse. With capacity boosted to 33 megawatts (MW), the hydro-power plant is producing more electricity than it has in three decades.

Turbine generator, ...more >


18 August 2009 - In mid-June 2009, the last 20 kilometers of a 79-kilometer road between Kandahar and the district center of Arghestan to the east was successfully completed.

Arghestan is a significant agricultural area, and the new USAID-funded road is a major boon to the region’s farmers who can now pick their ...more >


5 August 2009 – An article published today in Forbes reports that Afghan and U.S. officials energized an initial 35 megawatts (MW) of electricity at the Tarakhil Power Plant in Kabul – enough to provide electricity to approximately 200,000 people. This initial 35 MW represents the first one-third of the plant’s ...more >

Submission deadline is 20 September 2009.

The Afghanistan Infrastructure and Rehabilitation Program (IRP) is currently building a 100 MW diesel power plant on the outskirts of Kabul. When completed, the USAID-funded power plant will help alleviate the growing demand for power in northeastern Afghanistan. In addition, the task of erecting it is helping to build local engineering and ...more >

Solar panels now dot the rooftops of many homes.

16 June 2009 - The construction of the Keshim-Faizabad Road has brought prosperity – and electricity – to the village of Gunbaz Balocha. Solar panels now dot the rooftops of many homes.

Gunbaz Balocha village is located in remote Badakhshan province along the Keshim-Faizabad ...more >


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