Where water is scarce, rural Afghan communities often have to compete with their neighbors for the vital resource leading to tension between communities. Four small Kunar Province vil-lages with a long history of conflict were brought together by a USAID-funded pipe scheme that has increased access to clean water and removed many of the causes of discord between these communities.
Naveh Village, comprised of four smaller villages, is located approximately three kilometers from Pakistan in the Nawa Pass, a major border-crossing point. The four small villages rely on terraced subsistence farming fed by small mountain springs that occasionally run dry. Prior to USAIDâs assistance, only one of the small villages had a rudimentary pipe scheme, and most of the local women walked long distances through mountainous terrain to reach the closest water source.
Through its Local Governance and Community Development (LGCD) program, USAID provided funding to help Naveh vil-lage construct a three-kilometer pipe scheme to deliver water to all four small villages. After seeing how collaboration on the pipe scheme benefitted the entire community, the four small villages moved to work together on other community develop-ment projects, including a provincial road project. The road will help link the communities to economic opportunities offered by their proximity to Nawa Pass, which will become a major official border crossing within the next year following completion of a paved road.
Through implementation of a range of development activities designed to strengthen sub-national Afghan government struc-tures in Kunar Province, USAID is supporting stabilization and empowering Afghans to manage their own development. Fu-ture LGCD projects will continue to engage communities in the selection and implementation of small-scale development activi-ties, and will be designed to foster stronger ties between these communities and their local government bodies.
June 13, 2014
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