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Afghanistan: Roads

Volume 501: debated on Thursday 26 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many road projects in Afghanistan have been funded by the Government in each year since 2001. (301525)

The majority of the Department for International Development's (DFID’s) funding for construction projects in Afghanistan is through support to the Afghan Government’s budget. Since 2003, DFID has contributed £32 million to the National Solidarity Programme (NSP). This funds small-scale projects selected by communities all around Afghanistan, and has funded the construction of almost 12,000 ‘transport’ projects.

Since 2001 DFID has also funded the design, improvement or construction of almost 150 kilometres of roads in Helmand province. This includes:

59 kilometres of small road projects selected by local communities and funded through the Helmand Agriculture and Rural Development Programme (HARDP);

12.5 kilometres in various districts of Helmand as part of the Helmand Provincial Reconstruction Team's road building programme;

a 2.5 kilometre road providing access to the Gereshk power station, the rehabilitation of which DFID is financing;

the design of the 48 kilometre Lashkar Gah to Gereshk road.