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US poor planning of reconstruction projects in Afghanistan

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US poor planning of reconstruction projects in Afghanistan

A report to US Congress says that the millions of dollars spent on Afghanistan’s reconstructions projects may have been mostly wasted, given the poor conditions of the built infrastructure.

The report also found that several construction projects were so far behind schedule that they may not be fully completed before the US troops withdrawal in 2014.

John Sopko, special inspector general for Afghan reconstruction, noted that the planning, coordination and execution of the US funded projects had been “weak”.

The report in particular criticized a number of projects run by the US Afghanistan Infrastructure (AIF), five of which are running 6-15 months behind schedule.

Furthermore, the report warns these projects may eventually have adverse effects in their local areas “because they create an expectations-versus-reality gap in the affected population or because they lack citizen support”.

The US government invested USD 400m in large infrastructure projects in fiscal year 2011 alone. America has not provided so much funding for infrastructure development  to any other country.

According to Mr. Sopko, the aid provided for rebuilding Germany in the aftermath of World War II amounted to less than USD 35bn.

The report criticizes that the defense department, the state department and USAID, which jointly manage AIF, failed to make realistic cost estimates or lay out proper plans and procedures to carryout out the projects.



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