World Bank Makes $325 m Grant for Cities with High Intake of Displaced Persons & Provincial Capitals

The World Bank and Afghanistan’s Ministry of Finance on Wednesday signed a new financial grant worth 5 million to address the need to strengthen economic and employment opportunities in cities with a high influx of displaced people.
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World Bank said in a statement announced that the grant will also support selected provincial capital cities to enhance service delivery, and strengthen the capacity of selected line ministries.

The new financial package includes: $200 million grant to the Eshteghal Zaiee – Karmondena (EZ-Kar) Project, $50 million grant to the Cities Investment Program (CIP) to improve the sustainability and livability of nine provincial capital cities, and $75 million grant to finance the Tackling Afghanistan’s Government HRM (Human Resource Management) and Institutional Reforms (TAGHIR) project, which will strengthen the capacity of selected line ministries.

Shubham Chaudhuri, World Bank Country Director for Afghanistan, said in the statement that “access to job opportunities and better services is the most crucial need of Afghan people specially the returnees and internally displaced Afghans at this particular time.
“These new grants are a significant step forward in the path to help the Government of Afghanistan strengthen its service delivery capacities and meet its key policy objectives through boosting institutional reforms,” said Chaudhuri.

The project will be implemented by the Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG), and Kabul Municipality.

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