SHARANA CITY, PAKTIKA PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN | JANUARY 17, 2012 — In a ceremony, Ambassador Richard G. Olson, Coordinating Director for Development and Economic Affairs, handed over USAID-funded waste management project to Sharana Municipality officials. The handover ceremony emphasized the importance of this project for overall health and well-being of the community.
Established in August 2010, the integrated solid waste project includes the provision of dump trucks, hiring of cleaning crews, the installation of 70 trash bins across the municipality, and the purchase equipment for a landfill where trash can be disposed in an environmentally appropriate manner.
“The Solid Waste Management project goes beyond the mere collection of garbage around the city and represents a new way of serving the community by involving the citizens in the cleanup of their own neighborhoods,” said Sharana Mayor Mohammad Asif Safi.
The Mayor also acknowledged the benefits of other local development projects implemented under the USAID-funded Regional Afghan Municipalities Program for Urban Populations (RAMP UP) in Sharana. Apart from small service delivery improvements and small-scale infrastructure projects such as solid waste management, and the construction of a drainage canal and public latrines, RAMP UP helps improve the capacity of the municipal staff by training them to better provide services to the citizens.
RAMP UP, in collaboration with the Independent Directorate for Local Governance, assists governments in urban centers across Afghanistan to increase the capacity of municipal officials, improve the delivery of municipal services, support economic growth initiatives, and increase own-source revenues. USAID funds small service delivery improvements and small-scale infrastructure projects such as road paving, parks, and solid waste management. Community projects identified by a multi-stakeholder process seek to develop municipal management capacity while improving service delivery, which increases the amount of locally generated revenue.
For more information about USAID's programs, please visit: http://afghanistan.usaid.gov