Community volunteers improve construction of dairy product storage in Parwan

Community Volunteers flagged use of low-quality materials to a contractor that was responsible to construct a storage center for dairy products in Madadkhel village of Jabal Siraj district in Parwan province.

Following no action by the construction company, Abdul Wahid Hashimi, a volunteer who monitored the construction from the start raised the issue at a meeting of Sectorial Monitoring Group, a government and civil society platform to address local issues in construction sector at the provincial level. The group asked the company to fix the problems. With community and government intervention, the company removed the parts with defects and reconstructed many parts of the building.

The project will cost $32,000 and will be used by local people as a dairy product collection center. The project aims to boost the local economy and help establish a supply chain to Kabul and other major cities.

Community-Based Monitoring of Infrastructure is a program by Integrity Watch that facilitates monitoring of public-funded projects such as roads, bridges, schools, Masjids, etc. In 2017, through the program, more than one hundred projects were monitored which found 353 problems of which eighty percent were solved. The program is running in Parwan, Kapisa, Balkh, Herat, Bamiyan and recently in Kabul.