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MPW Public Work corps program in support of APRP
The main goal of this project is to support the Afghanistan Peace and Re-integration Program’s consolidation of peace stage through consolidating the current PWCs in Kunduz, Faryab and Baghlan and establishment of new PWCs as a“Menu of Option”in Herat
,Nangarhar and Paktia provinces.
To specifically address the needs of the Peace and Reintegration Program (APRP), the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) is chartered with the creation of the Public Work Corps(PWC).Through this initiative, the objective of MPW will be to train the local cadres of the PWC for road maintenance activity, employing Corps participants year round. The PWC will increase stability in the regions it is implemented in by providing skills training and by creating employment.
In the light of the above mentioned charter, the objectives of this project for 1391 (2012) are to provide a total of 1632 re-integrees and their community members with job opportunities and basic trainings on routine maintenance of the roads in six of the APRP priority provinces i.e. Baghlan, Kunduz, Faryab, Herat,Nangarhar, and Paktia to meet the community recovery options of the APRP program in the
shorter term and as well as lay a foundation for the Public Work Corps as a longer term objective
So far the MPW has been able to process contracts for 670 people in all three provinces of Kunduz, (7 Districts), Baghlan (3 Districts), and Faryab (6 Districts). Kunduz and Faryab have completed their quota of 272 people and the remaining 146 people for Baghlan province is to be completed soonFurther to 1390’s plan, MPW while continuing to implement it, in 1391, was looking to replicate the same model in 3 other priority provinces i.e. Herat, Ningarhar and Paktia and will hire a total of 816 individuals as members of Public Work Corp from amongst the reintegrees and their community members to cover routine maintenance of around 300 Km of roads.
Program Development Unit-PDU:
The PDU is the management coordination body for the program. It is responsible for the facilitating and coordination of the management, the planning and implementation processes of the program. Additionally, it will act as a coordination body among different stakeholders. Its level of power and influence during the course of this project is high and its support is necessary. The proposed structure for PDU is depicted below (Of note that a proposal for extension of PDU’s activities is separately submitted to APRP which encompasses a detailed description of PDU activities and background):