Rehabilitation of Economic Facilities and Services Program | Afghanistan
Afghanistan is a mountainous country located in south-central Asia with a population of 30 million people. An Islamic republic, Afghanistan has remained largely undeveloped due to multiple wars.
The country’s infrastructure — including its roads, bridges and dams — had suffered through years of deterioration due to neglected maintenance and civil strife. The nation’s schools and medical facilities were also in poor condition.
A large-scale effort to rebuild the country’s infrastructure, the Rehabilitation of Economic Facilities and Services Program was launched by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in 2002. USAID selected Louis Berger to manage the program.
Louis Berger oversaw the design and construction of more than 1,500 kilometers of primary, secondary and urban roads, including reconstruction of Afghanistan’s national Ring Road around the southern half of the country – the Kabul to Kandahar and Kandahar to Herat highways. In addition to the critical work on the Ring Road, Louis Berger managed construction of 685 kilometers of secondary roads, connecting major population centers throughout Afghanistan to the Ring Road. The improved road network dramatically reduced travel times, boosted trade and improved access to health care and schools.
The rehabilitation program in Afghanistan also included:
- Upgrading the Kajakai Dam hydropower plant.
- Repairing and upgrading five major dams and irrigation systems.
- Building 93 schools and clinics.
- Hiring and training local Afghans to implement the work.