Saturday, 16 July 2016

The Governments of India and Afghanistan agreed additional 87 projects under the Small Development Projects (SDP)

Afghan and Indian governments signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for additional 87 projects worth USD 25mn under the Small Development Projects (SDP). A significant part of India’s development portfolio in Afghanistan has been a special program to foster community-based Small Development Projects (SDP) in the fields of education, health, rural development, agriculture and vocational training that can have a direct and visible impact on community life. SDP scheme started in 2005 with an initial budget of USD 20,000,000. Under this, more than 100 projects were approved and a majority have already been completed. In 2012, the Government of India provided an additional sum of USD100M for the SDP scheme, also extending it across all 34 provinces of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The agreement on the additional 87 projects was signed between the Embassy of India in Kabul and the Afghan Ministry of Economy in the presence of the CEO of Afghanistan Dr. Abdullah Abdullah.