Evaluation of the Cluster Community Development Council (CCDC) Pilot Project

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The NSP was launched in 2003 and now operates in all of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces where more than 90% of communities have been mobilised, making it the largest development project in the country. By 2014, over 80,000 community-driven projects had been initiated, encompassing the provision of clean drinking water, sanitation, small-scale irrigation, roads, schools and village electrification. Projects are decided upon by democratically elected village-level Community Development Councils (CDCs).

There was a spontaneous pooling of resources by existing CDCs during the first phase of NSP. It became evident that individual communities were struggling to implement rural infrastructure, such as roads connecting a number of communities. Such common needs of multiple communities required joint design, planning and budget management thus allowing them to implement larger subprojects benefitting multiple communities simultaneously.

The NSP thus introduced a pilot project for clustering Community Development Councils in December 2008, funded by the Japanese Social Development Fund with a budget of $10m. The pilot project has been implemented in 3 provinces: Nangahar, Balkh and Bamyan. The evaluation will examine whether the pilot project has met its objectives and consider the conditions, requirements and potential for wider use of the clustering concept. The focus of the evaluation is on the role of CCDCs in contributing to community welfare, social cohesion and linking local governance processes.
Effective start/end date1/06/1430/04/15