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Regional Airports Rehabilitation Project Phase I

sector: Transport | country: Afghanistan

The main lesson learned through implementation of the project was that working with and supporting existing government structures helps develop the capacity of the executing agency to implement externally funded projects, especially in procurement and contract management. It also ensures better ownership of the various works and continued sustainability. Most other development activities are implemented off-budget in Afghanistan.

Close coordination of the multiple development partners was important to ensure that works and programs were complementary, with no overlap or gaps in support. The project was able to incorporate separate but complementary programs from bilateral development partners, which helped the overall implementation and impact of the project.

Senior provincial and district government officials and elders expressed gratitude to ADB for its timing and confidence in the implementation of the project. They hope that this will open the regions for future investments and improve governance in the regions.

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