Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (Afghanistan)

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Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development
Agency overview
Headquarters Kabul, Afghanistan

The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) is a ministry of the Afghan government. Its main headquarters is located in Kabul, Afghanistan, but has offices and employees in all the 34 provinces of the country. MRRD's mission is to contribute to poverty alleviation in rural areas by empowering communities and fostering economic and social opportunities.

Programs[edit]

The Ministry manages five national programmes:

The National Solidarity Programme (NSP)
Through this programme, MRRD, with the support of facilitating partners, mobilises communities, organises elections to establish Community Development Councils, builds capacity of elected members to manage projects, and provides grants to the communities so they can implement projects they have prioritised.
The National Area-Based Development Programme (NABDP)
Works at the district level and organises the establishment of District Development Assemblies (DDAs). The programme trains DDA members on several issues pertaining to rural development and implements projects identified as priorities by DDAs.
The Rural Water Sanitation and Irrigation Programme
Provides access to potable water and sanitation facilities to rural people. It also provides hygiene education and works on small scale irrigation infrastructure.
The National Rural Access Programme (NRAP)
Builds and rehabilitates tertiary and secondary roads.
The Afghanistan Rural Enterprise Development Programme (AREDP)
Supports the formation of Saving Groups, Village Saving and Loans Associations and Enterprise Groups in rural areas. It also support the development of Small and Medium Enterprises, facilitating their access to financial products and providing them with technical support.

MRRD offers training on rural development issues through its Afghanistan Institute for Rural Development.

Previous Ministers[edit]

Name Term Notes
Abdul Malik Anwar December 2001 - July 2002 United Islamic Front
Mohamad Hanif Atmar July 2002 - March 2006
Mohammed Ehsan Zia March 2006 - 2010
Jarullah Mansouri January 2010 - February 2012 Became minister after the Wolesi Jirga rejected the first candidate, Owais Ahmad Barmak
Wais Ahmad Barmak February 2012 - December 2014
Mohammad Tariq Ismati December 2014 - January 2015 Acting Minister
Nasir Ahmad Durrani January 2015 - Current minister

Official site[edit]