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Public Participation in Road Network Projects (AF0013)



Action Plan: Afghanistan Action Plan 2017-2019

Action Plan Cycle: 2017

Status: Active


Lead Institution: Ministry of Public Works

Support Institution(s): Ministry of Rural Development, Ministry of Urban Development, Ministry of Justice and Municipalities., Different social entities, Local Councils, Religious Scholars of Masjids, Medias and International non-governmental organizations.

Policy Areas

Infrastructure & Transport, Public Participation, Public Service Delivery, Subnational

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Pending IRM Review

Relevant to OGP Values: Not Relevant

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review


Developing a Public Participatory and Supervision Mechanism for the Planning and
Implementation of Road Network Projects
It will be both monitoring and participation mechanism through people or community engagement
process. In other words, the people will be engaged in planning and implementation phase of the
project to monitor the project in order to ensure transparency in the project execution. In terms of
participation, MoPW is committed to involve and to utilize local labor and local population in
projects particularly maintenance of the project. Hence, the engagement process will be carried out
systemically through involving the local representatives of community. In this regard, MPW has
developed community engagement framework which describes the role of local community
precisely in projects.
Ministry of Public Works
Description of Commitment
Based on the estimations conducted by the Ministry of Public Works, it
indicated that the development and supply of transport infrastructure doesn’t
meet public’s demand. It means that there is an imbalanced development
compared to demand for transport infrastructure.
The second challenge to be addressed remains the poor quality of transport
infrastructure in particular highways, urban roads, bridges and culverts. For
example, roads are being built in Afghanistan, which destroy within six
months or one year.
The third problem is slow development and supply process of transport
infrastructure in Afghanistan. Most of the infrastructure projects are not
executed within specified time period, and last longer than the contracts
The fourth problem is the operation & maintenance of transport
infrastructure. Both government and public have neglected in this regard.
The fifth problem is lack of priority infrastructure projects identification.
Since limited resources are available for development of infrastructure, so
according to financial principles, the limited resources should be allocated to
prioritized projects.
Sixth, political interventions in selection and implementation of road projects
and lack of specific standards in this regard, plus, high cost of infrastructure
development in Afghanistan are the main factor which not only slow the road
development process, but retards the national development as well.
What is the
general problem
that the
focuses on?
To address the aforesaid problems, MPW is greatly committed to engage
provincial representative and local community in project selection and
execution process. In this regard, MPW has come up with community
engagement framework. Under the framework, MPW is patronizing the
engagement of local communities to identify and select projects. This would
facilitate MPW to strengthen a strong government/communities’ partnership
via injecting the sense of ownership rights to communities having influence on
identification and selection of projects.
In addition to that MoPW is also working to involve civil society particularly
integrity watch of Afghanistan (IWA) to monitor MoPW activities. In this
regard, MoPW has drafted MoU with integrity watch of Afghanistan in order
to ensure transparency in MoPW activities. In coordination with MoPW, local
communities, and volunteers, IWA will monitor all operational activities of
MoPW associated with procurement process, project selection, project
execution, and contract allotment to the bidders in order to ensure that all
processes are being followed in a transparent manner. And MoU will get sign
once finalized. Below is the framework of community engagement
I. Government
As main Infrastructure entity, Ministry of Public Works will embark on
provincial connectivity program by engaging local community in all the
prioritized provinces. This engaging process will be done through provincial
and district representatives. Once the engagement process starts, the local
community will be allowed to vote as to whether agree on government
proposed project (Projects selection indicators) or to propose the desirable
projects in that area.
What is the
•MPW will lead this
consulation by engaging
Provincial and local
•Provincial rep. will closely work
with MPW in order to enure the
active participation of local
community in project execution
•The desirable project will
be identified by the Local
Implimentation MPW will
the project
based on
II. People's Representatives
People's Representatives engagement process will play an imperative role in
building relationship between local population and governments. Here,
People’s representatives both provincial and district will closely work with
MPW to facilitate local community engagement in order to ensure active
participation of local population in project selection in each area. Thus, this
process will immensely help to identify the community-based demand in term
of project selection.
III. Local community
Local community has always been a great focus for the government. Therefore,
this process will greatly depend on local population’s demands in terms of
project selection. In this process, the desirable projects will be identified and
selected by the community through local engagement process. Thus, the choice
will be given to local community in term of project selection in their areas by
the government.
IV. Project execution
In this phase, the government will not only implement all those recommended
projects in prioritized districts but also will monitor the project implementation
process in coordination with local community. To do so, MPW and local
community will work closely in project execution phase.
The name of the program is “Provincial Roads Connectivity Program
(PRCP)”. Under this Program the people or community consultation and
engagement will take place through a proper mechanism. MoPW will entice
representatives at provincial and district levels before embarking on projects.
Initially, MoPW will engage the representatives and local community in
project selection process, once the process done; then they will monitor the
implementation phase of projects in order to ensure the transparency in the
project activities. After completion of both selection and implementation
phases, the community will participate in the maintenance of the project by
utilizing local labor and resources. Hence, in this way, the following outcomes
will be derived; (1) people will consider the projects of their own which will
immensely help in completion of the projects at time, (3) will enhance trust in
Government by involving people in the projects, and (3) local economy will
be improved.
Provincial Road
MoPW will work with Civil Society in accordance to memorandum of
understanding. The main objective of the work and meetings are to ensure that
all projects of Ministry of Public Work are done in transparent way. Further,
the suggestions and ideas will be exchanged associated with MoPW operations
such as procurement process, project selection, project execution, and contract
allotment to the bidders, service improvement, and tacking corruption.
Purpose of
Working with
Civil Society
After the thorough prioritization of projects via applying technical
methodology, in which the criteria and indexes have been set. Once, the
prioritization process is being completed; the consultation process will get
start at this stage. Under the consultation process, MoPW will involve people
in the monitoring of the projects in order to ensure transparency in project
Purpose of
By developing the public participatory and supervision mechanism in
consensus with representatives of civil society and all related entities will not
only set a specific standard for development of transport infrastructure, but
also strengthens Government/public partnership in supervising and
monitoring from start to end process of projects development, including
selection, implementation and maintenance of road network will be feasible.
First; providing opportunity for public participation in projects’ selection will
cause to allocate the resources to projects which are priority on the basis of
defined indicators. Second; public monitoring will lead to development of
road network projects with allocated resources, given time, and certain
quality. Third; Creating a sense of ownership, commitment and
responsibility will encourage public to cooperate in maintenance of
completed road projects with the government.
How does
work in solving
the problem?
This commitment is linked to public participation and assurance of open
government transparency. First; people and representatives of civil society
get involved in prioritization of projects. The prioritization of projects would
be done with consensus of public and where to allocate the limited financial
resources. This is related to the commitment to open government public
Second; public monitoring will force in-charge authorities to develop the
projects with specific resources, and with certain time and quality. In this
case, the purpose of transparency of open-governance will be ensured.
Why is this
linked to the
values of open
Ministry of Public Works (MPW) in association with Open Government
Secretariat of Afghanistan (OGPA)
Representatives from civil society and OG P will be the members of this
working group. The MoPWs will have the leading position, the members
selection process will take place in coordination with the stakeholders.
Working Group
Commitment Pattern (Continuos)
Funds for the implementation of this commitment …….
This commitment relates to sustainable development, strategy of
Ministry of Public Works, and regulation maintenance of public
benefit assets
Additional Information
Important activities (with expected and measurable results) Start Date End Date
Creating a working group to arrange a draft 07/09/2018 20/09/2018
Ministry of Public Works in coordination with its stakeholders such as
Ministry of Transport (MoT), Municipalities, Ministry of Urban
Development and Housing (MUDH), Ministry of Communication and IT
(MoCIT), Ministry of Rehabilitation and Rural Development (MRRD),
and Ministry of Industry and Commence (MoIC) has plan to develop a
joint working group on developing people engagement mechanism At
first phase, the MoPW and its stakeholder will draft a background paper
in this regard in order to develop terms of reference for each stakeholder.
Under the ToR, each stakeholder will have distinguish responsibilities to
engage people in the projects in order to retain transparency. Below are
the responsibilities
No Purpose Organization Date
1 Discussion on people
participation on
development process
MoT 20/11/2018
2 People participation
on project selection
Municipalities 27/11/2018
3 People participation
on project selection
MUDH 05/12/2018
4 Discussion about the
MoU on joint project
MoCIT 12/12/2018
5 Discussion about the
Urban Development
MRRD 19/12/2018
6 Public awareness MoIC 27/12/2018
Developing draft of the framework for provincial roads connectivity 20/09/2018 30/10/2018
program in partnership with the people
Engaging people as partner in provincial roads connectivity program will
have the following exclusive outcomes: (1) taking advice of local
population in project selection and implementation process in order to
meet their ultimate demands associated with connectivity, and economic
development, (2) enhancing local cooperation by considering local
population as key partner in the projects, (3) ensuring security of the
projects by engaging local population in the projects, and (4) reducing
poverty ratio particularly at district level by utilizing local labors.
Organizing an advisory meeting with relevant civil society 30/10/2018 20/11/2018
The sole purpose of advisory meetings and working with civil society
particularly Integrity Watch of Afghanistan (IWA) is to retain
transparency in MoPW’s operations. Hence, meeting and working with
IWA will have the following outcomes: (1) engaging people in project
execution phase through a systematic approach at district and provincial
levels in order to ensure transparency in project implementation, (2)
involving IWA in project execution, contract allotment to the bidders in
order to tackle corruption (3) providing people access to information
associated with all operations of MoPW, and (4) publishing the
monitoring and transparency report to the citizens in order to make sure
that the people-oriented services are executed and monitored in a
transparent way.
Arrange an inter-ministerial meeting with involved entities in this regard 20/11/2018 10/01/2019
Despite the community engagement, an appropriate coordination
mechanism need to be established amongst the government entities in
order to implement integrated infrastructure project efficiently. Under this
mechanism, multiple government entities will get together before
embarking on integrated infrastructure projects. In other words, in these
meetings; every entity will share its plans and responsibilities associated
with integrated infrastructure project based on theirs ToR. Hence, these
meetings will immensely help to ensure that all facilities including power,
internet connectivity, water, sanitation, and irrigation are being
considered while implementing integrated infrastructure project.
10/01/2019 25/01/2019
Finalizing the framework
25/01/2019 25/04/2019
Start of public consultation process with 10 priority provinces
Developing budget plan 25/04/2019 10/05/2019
Once the projects are selected and prioritized by applying all technical
criteria/indexes, the projects will be categorized as A, B, and C. Then
the ministry will develop budget plan based on project category. In other
words, the budget will be allotted based on category and importance of
the project.
Focal point in executing entity Sakhi Mohammadi
Designation, section or department (Plan and Policy Director of Ministry of Public Works)
Email address and phone number Email: Mob:0795663040
Ministry of Rural Development, Ministry of Urban
Development, Ministry of Justice and Municipalities.
Other related entities, governmental
related entities
Different social entities, Local Councils, Religious Scholars
of Masjids, Medias and International non-governmental
Civil society organizations, private
sectors, multi-aspect parties, work

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