The National Solidarity Program is the largest of the Afghanistan Government’s national priority programmes and is the second largest development programme in the world. The Program is implemented by the Afghanistan Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) and currently into its 9th year and 3rd phase. NSP consists of four core elements:
Facilitation at the community level to assist communities establish inclusive community institutions known as Community Development Councils (CDCs);
Building the capacities of CDC and community members;
Providing direct block grant transfers to fund approved subprojects; and
Linking CDCs to government agencies, NGOs, and donors to improve access to services and resources.
NSP proposes to cover an estimated 39,200 rural communities to achieve full national coverage. In addition to its core structure comprising over 800 national employees, the NSP contracts an international firm to serve as its Financial Management Agent (FMA) and other individual international and national consultants to provide technical assistance to its various departments. The NSP also contracts around 30 firms (including UN agencies and NGOs) to serve as Facilitating Partners (FPs).