Afghanistan Infrastructure and Rehabilitation Services Program(IRP) written in English, Dari and Pashto
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Overview

Overview

The Afghanistan Infrastructure and Rehabilitation Program (IRP) was launched in the summer of 2006 to support Afghanistan's transition to a stable and economically sustainable society. Funding for the six-year program wass provided by the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

IRP was implemented by a joint venture of two American companies: The Louis Berger Group, Inc. (LBG) and Black and Veatch Special Projects Corp (B&V).

The program was designed to support Afghanistan’s maturation toward its next phase of economic, social, and political development, which is intrinsically linked to:

  • The availability of secure, reliable and affordable supplies of power and energy; and
  • The nation’s ability to provide safe and reliable transport systems allowing cost efficient and timely movement of goods and people.

IRP opened a new phase in infrastructure reconstruction and rehabilitation in Afghanistan.  Its principal precursor was the USAID Rehabilitation of Economic Facilities and Services (REFS) Program.  REFS was an emergency infrastructure program focusing on the immediate improvement and rebuilding of basic infrastructure required to allow the country to function as a nation immediately following Afghanistan’s liberation from the Taliban.  While roads remain important, power generation, transmission and distribution are also an important focus in the stabilization of Afghanistan.

In addition to improving physical infrastructure, IRP helped to build the institutions overseeing Afghanistan’s infrastructure development by providing technical assistance to the Afghan government.  This suppported the establishment of an Afghan-led reconstruction effort and helped to ensure sustainable local capacity to operate and maintain the infrastructure once built.

The rehabilitation of transport and energy infrastructure is generally associated with higher rates of economic growth, greater opportunities for trade, increased commercial and agricultural activities and greater social mobility. To sustain long term growth, IRP combined the improvement of physical infrastructure with the institutional strengthening required to improve the legal and regulatory framework and the capacity building needed for development of the public and private sectors.

Reconstruction and development activities under the Afghanistan Infrastructure and Rehabilitation Program came to a close in early 2012.

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