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Providing Monitoring and Verification Services in Afghanistan

The Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund or ARTF was established in 2002 as a cost-effective and transparent method of pooling funds from 34 donors for the Government of Afghanistan’s budget and national investment priorities.

Administered by the World Bank, the project provides a mechanism for accountability and fosters consensus and policy debate among key stakeholders. It supports projects across key sectors including education, infrastructure, health, agriculture, rural development, and governance.

In 2015, we were awarded a contract to conduct 1,900 site visits annually distributed between five projects. We have completed more than 3,000 individual site visits in rural and urban areas across all 34 provinces in Afghanistan. We also are implementing participatory monitoring, with qualified and vetted citizens helping validate local results in 17 different provinces across Afghanistan.

This data sets are intended to be used by policymakers and development practitioners, and result in increased understanding of projects’ functionality, effectiveness, and sustainability. MSI analyzes the findings, identifies deviations, and establishes probable causes and possible solutions for these deviations.

We also issued low-cost sensors in the field to remotely monitor water flow through canals and distribution of water to the neighboring command areas. At the World Bank’s request, we are in the process of scaling up this monitoring innovation to 15 canal schemes in northern Afghanistan.

Our effective use of multiple project monitoring resources, including experienced engineers, technology savvy citizens, terrestrial sensors, and satellite imagery, provides the World Bank and the government with verified, actionable information. This information ultimately improves the outputs and outcomes of the projects.