Afghanistan – Capacity Building and Change Management Program (CBCMP)

Afghanistan – Capacity Building and Change Management Program is a program designed to improve the management and the functional capacities of the Afghanistan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock (MAIL).
  • Program Snapshot

  • Country: Afghanistan
  • Award Value: $35,599,553
  • VEGA Lead Member: International Executive Volunteer Corps (IESC)
  • Other VEGA Members: International City and County Management Association (ICMA), Land O'Lakes International Development, Institute for International Education (IIE), ISLP
  • Objective: To improve the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock’s ability to assist Afghanistan’s agriculture sector.
  • People Impacted: 1,475
  • Timeline: November 2010 – June 2014
  • Volunteers: 2
  • Theme: Post-Conflict Countries, Local Capacity Development
By Afghans, for Afghans: Point of View (Noor Seddiq)

This is the story of Noor Seddiq, an Afghan national who after 25 years living in the U.S. has returned to help rebuild the country. As Deputy Chief of Party for a USDA program named CBCMP (Capacity Building and Change Management) Noor is a bridge between the U.S., program staff (99% of whom are Afghan), and the Ministry of Agriculture and its farmers. Since 1964, IESC has worked in 130 countries and helped to create or save over 1.5 million jobs.

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The Afghanistan Capacity Building and Change Management program has three goals to help increase MAIL’s managerial capacity and efficiency:

  • Modernize MAIL’s operations to enable evidence-based decision making and improve human resource capacity
  • Enhance the capability and effectiveness of MAIL to meet the needs of Afghanistan’s farmers and herders
  • Improve MAIL’s ability to manage funding to enable donors to place funding “on budget”

The program employs the change management approach to public sector reform.  Under this approach, MAIL has deployed over 200 change management specialists to MAIL and each of Afghanistan’s 35 regional Directorates for Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (DAILs).  Change management specialists are highly skilled Afghans who provide on-the-job training to the MAIL and DAIL civil servants.

Key successes of CBCMP include introducing an electronic attendance system that enables that saves time and increases efficiency of MAIL employees, extending internet connectivity to DAIL offices, introducing an inventory management system and training various Directorates on grants management.  Between 2011-2013, CBCMP’s efforts with MAIL and the DAILs has led to:

  • An increase in MAIL’s ability to execute its budget from 25% to 56%
  • An increase in on-budget funding from $205 million to $243 million
  • Measurable increases in employee satisfaction
  • Decentralizing the ministry by creating a horizontal intranet