Re-engineering Afghanistan

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  1. Apollyon

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    Re-engineering Afghanistan

    The coalition has spent hundreds of millions trying to give Afghanistan electricity. Unfortunately, it made many of the mistakes it made in Iraq
    By GLENN ZORPETTE / OCTOBER 2011


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    Kandahar is Afghanistan's second city, behind Kabul in the north. But where Kabul has nearly round-the-clock power now, Kandahar's 850 000 people have it only fitfully, about 40 megawatts at most. For comparison, NATO's airbase nearby, with about 30 000 people, has about 100 MW.


    As they did in Iraq, the coalition forces in Afghanistan have spent or committed tens of billions of dollars to building and refurbishing infrastructure, including roads, schools, hospitals, and water systems. It is an enormous effort involving dozens of government agencies and hundreds of contractors. Among the government organizations, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is dominant, but the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other military organizations have big roles as well. The Asian Development Bank and the governments of India and Germany have also funded a few large projects.


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    Having spent an estimated $55 billion on Afghan reconstruction over the past decade, the U.S. government is the largest contributor by far. And, as in Iraq, much of that money has been wasted or badly spent, particularly in the electrical sector. The goals of reconstruction are pretty basic: to stimulate economic activity and create jobs; to make life more comfortable and secure; to give people a more attractive alternative to the typically medieval societies imposed by insurgents. And last, but certainly not least, to win the allegiance of citizens and build their confidence in fledgling government institutions and officials who are all too often bungling or corrupt. Or both.

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    Full Article here :
    Re-engineering Afghanistan - IEEE Spectrum

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    The overhead costs for US aid are huge if you compare it with India.

    IMO, US and Afghanistan in particular would gain more if the US aid was channeled through Indian personnel as India has low cost overheads and more value for dollar will reach the ground in Afghanistan.
     
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    I have saying for years, US should use India-Iran relations to better its own relations and route it's supplies from there.
     
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    In order for USA to use India-Iran relation KSA has to be on board due to the nature of relationship betweent USA and KSA. If KSA comes on board and is willing to live with Iran and her nuclear reactors than Pakistan is cooked. In my opinion these nations have to put aside the differences of religious practice and look for common ground in the economic fields, cultural festivals and above all education which will transform the region and as well free the region from
    dependence on imported goods.
     

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