International Experience

ACC and key staff have been engaged in several overseas projects and studies for UNOPS, Afghanistan, the Republic of Sudan and The World Bank.

Feasibility Studies for Six Agro-industries in Central Sudan,

Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Republic of Sudan.  Project entails feasibility studies for rice mills, sugar mill with co-generation, dairy production, livestock and meat processing, horticulture (mangoes and citrus) processing and juice plant, and mixed cropping farms.  Projects are located in six diverse regions with a total farm area of 225,000 acres.  Feasibility studies include development and rehabilitation of lift irrigation canals from the Blue Nile, White Nile, Nile rivers and ground water resources for irrigation.  The scope of work included delivery of Initial Environmental Impact Assessments and Socio-Economic surveys for the proposed industries. Feb 2010-June 2010.

  1. Integrated Sugar Plant on an area of 25,000 feddans at El Suki
  2. Integrated Sugar Plant on an area of 25,000 feddans at Abgar
  3. Mixed farming on an area of 100,000 feddans at Um Jawaseer
  4. Mixed farming, Dairy and Livestock production and processing on an area of 25,000 feddans at West Umdarman
  5. Horticulture farming and processing project on an area of 10,000 feddan at Shendi
  6. Integrated Rice farming (with soya bean) and processing plant on an area of 25,000 feddan at Jazira Injaid (White Nile rice plantation)

Feasibility Study and Preliminary Engineering Design of Ghulam Khan to Khost, Afghanistan for National Highway Authority.

Re-engineering and detailed design of NEW MRRD Office Building at Darulaman Kabul, Afghanistan for the UNOPS/World Bank.

Detailed design of Customs Headquarters building, Kabul, UNOPS

Goverdish Schools – Structural Analysis, Nooristan, Afghanistan for UNOPS/USAID

Economic Impact of Transit Trade, AFGHANISTAN: Emergency Customs Reform and Trade Facilitation Project.  Carried out technical and economic analysis, reviewed and provided expert advice to the Bank on potential pitfalls in prior analyses.  World Bank 2009

Rapid Logistics Review, Transit of Afghan Goods through the Pakistan – Afghanistan Border Crossings and the Implication of Transit Trade on the Economies.  Study involved analysis of regional transit trade and economic benefits through trade facilitation.  World Bank, 2009

Supervision and evaluation of $US143 million National Emergency Employment Program (NEEP)/National Rural Access Program (NRAP), Afghanistan.  Scope included review of project implementation in the field by UNOPS, ILO, CARE and others, review of budgets and manpower utilization, negotiations with UNOPS and others.  NEEP was one of the first national priority programs initiated through the National Development Framework (NDF) in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan. The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) was responsible for the preparation and execution of NEEP, in partnership with Ministry of Public Works (MoPW) and Ministry of Irrigation, Water Resources and Environment (MIWRE). The program was developed to ensure immediate and tangible benefits for poor and vulnerable Afghans throughout the country. The objectives of NEEP were (i) provision of a safety net for vulnerable people by creating productive employment opportunities; and (ii) establishment of effective mechanisms for developing infrastructure assets through labour based methods and based on a private sector led approach. NEEP activities involved a wide range of sectors (roads, irrigation, urban development, natural resource management, soil conservation, and reforestation) and themes (targeting poor and those at risk including vulnerable women, disabled, destitute pastoralists and agricultural labourers affected by efforts to eradicate opium poppy production).  With the gradual transition from humanitarian assistance towards a more developmental oriented approach, including the emergence of other programs contributing to the Government’s Livelihoods and Social Protection Policy, the original NEEP strategy was reviewed and re-orientated to focus on interconnectivity, quality and sustainability of the rural road network throughout Afghanistan, as the National Rural Access Program (NRAP). The World Bank, 2004/2005

Preparation of JSDF US$20 million National Emergency Employment Program (NEEP)-Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) and the Rural Livelihood Support (NEEPRLS) Grant Proposal for Afghanistan – The DDR program was initiated in February 2003 at the Tokyo conference.  DDR supported the disarmament of 63,380 former officers and soldiers of the Afghan Military Forces (AMF) as well as the decommissioning of 259 AMF units. Fifty-five thousand eight hundred and four (55,804) ex-combatants chose one of the reintegration options, which further benefited 53,415 of them, leaving aside 2,759 drop-outs. The approach to reintegration was holistic and reintegration options ranged from agriculture, vocational training and job placement, small business opportunities, demining, teaching, government jobs, wage labor and joining Afghan National Army (ANA) or the Police. A successful program, the reintegration phase of DDR was completed by mid 2006, marking the end of the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration process in Afghanistan – in time and within costs (USD 141 million).  In addition, as the reintegration phase was brought to an end, 25% of the ex-combatants found a long-term and sustainable activity.  World Bank, 2003