Community Monitoring results in removal of unqualified engineer

Pashtoon Nahzatyar, Provincial Coordinator –  Pawan

Have you wondered, your engagement in your community can bring positive changes? Our local Integrity Volunteers have proven this. After noticing irregularities in a construction of Zarbia High School for Girls, Ali Ahmad Ayar shared the issue with the stakeholders which resulted in fixing the problems and removing the construction engineer to ensure quality and proper implementation of the project in the future.

Along with some other issue such as misusing concrete molds by workers, engineers acted irresponsibly and neglected low quality or work. Mr. Ayar documented the issues and shared with the Education Department of Parwan province. It was also shared with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). On the request of the monitor, the construction company replaced irresponsible engineers and workers with new staff.

Mr. Ayar believes proper coordination with the implementing partners is an effective way to highlight irregularities in a project and to take timely decisions. He and other monitors voluntarily oversee construction of 10 projects, most of which are for the education sector.

The $240,000 worth construction project of Zarbia High School for Girls is funded by South Korea while UNOPS is the implementing partner. After completion of the project, the school will have eight classrooms. It has 500 students in different shifts. More than 5000 people will, directly and indirectly, benefit from the project of whom 61 percent are female.