Keeping track of development projects
Since its troops swept into Afghanistan 12 years ago, the United States has dispatched hundreds of state department employees to keep track of the massive American investment in developing the country. It seems though that this is now ending. The Americans have tried to nurture the local administration to provide stability after US troops leave but some US officials say they were removed from their regional posts while they were still identifying important problems of corruption and abuse.
Now ways are being devised to monitor US-funded projects. For this, the Americans may hire private firms that will submit photos with time and location stamps to prove they visited the sites. Firms in Kabul might call provinces by phone to ask villagers about education and nutrition. Contractors might also assess the progress of dams or roads by flying overhead and capturing aerial images. In recent years US officials advised the local government to improve monitoring of development projects which have a history of wastage.