Afghanistan: Disarmament, demobilization, reintegration

Planned Project Summary Information
Project number: A-032597-001

Branch: Asia

Country: Afghanistan

CIDA's ODA Priorities: 50% Capacity, Skills And Productivity Enhancement; 50% Protection And Promotion Of Human Rights

CIDA's Sectors: 50% Basic Life Skills For Youth And Adults; 50% Demobilization

Project Approval Date: March 21, 2005

Anticipated Project Duration: 3 years

Estimated Project Value Range: $15.0M to $20.0M

Project Implementation: A grant to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Competitive contracts during the implementation of this project: None

Probable Publication Date on MERX: N/A

Project Description: This project supports the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) of ex-combatants through the Afghanistan New Beginnings Program. Since the program began in 2004, more than half of the estimated ex-combatants have been decommissioned. More than half the CIDA funds will be used for reintegration, a process that gives 9 months' job training to ex-combatants so that they can earn a living and be productive members of their communities. The DDR process is expected to be complete in 2007.

Project Impact: There is an increase in the number of reintegrated ex-combatants in both rural and urban areas and there is a weakening in the culture of violence.

Project Outcomes: Ex-combatants are reintegrated into civilian life, actively participating in socially constructive employment and other activities.

Project Outputs: 1. Ex-combatants will be successfully trained in agriculture, vocational training/job placement, small business (including micro-credit) & demining. 2. Local capacity will be strengthened through collaboration and competition to deliver services. 3. Public awareness programs will attract ex-combatants to the DDR program.

Development Officer: Peggy Florida (819) 997-0975

Internet Publication Date: July 8, 2005

Last Update: NA ( first publication)