Maintenance of roads in Afghanistan is stalling
Weak capacity, corruption, funding issues and insecurity are limiting the Afghan Ministry of Public Works’ ability to maintain the country’s road infrastructure. In a new report released yesterday, the US government’s Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said that without tangible Afghan government action to support needed reforms, the effective management of Afghanistan’s road infrastructure will remain an elusive goal. SIGAR said that since 2002, USAID and the Defence Department have spent approximately $2.8 billion to construct and repair Afghanistan’s roads and perform capacity-building activities. Afghan officials have stated to SIGAR that it would cost $100 million annually to carry out the necessary emergency and routine maintenance on Afghanistan’s extremely poor road infrastructure.