Labour-based Road Construction, Rehabilitation and Maintenance (LBRC)

Projet terminé

The rural poor in Afghanistan suffer from a lack of access to basic services and markets. The labour based road construction project addresses these pressing needs of the people and complements an ongoing Swiss livelihood intervention. Through predictable income, the rehabilitation of vital rural infrastructure and by ensuring access to services and markets, the project contributes to improve the lives of men, women and children in a remote rural area.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Agriculture et sécurité alimentaire
Emploi & développement économique
Formation professionelle

Infrastructure rurale (till 2016)
Développement rural
Formation professionnelle
01.11.2016 - 31.10.2020
CHF 8'722'000

Afghanistan is one of the least developed countries and the scene of ongoing conflicts. Poverty is widespread and especially prevalent in mountainous rural areas. Degradation of natural resources, extreme weather events and other natural hazards and lack of access to markets and services hamper development and contribute to the vulnerability of the populations.

The people in the project area mostly rely on subsistence farming. Limited livelihood options have often led to harmful survival strategies such as selling livelihood assets (e.g. livestock), migration, child labor and early marriage.

An ongoing Swiss livelihood intervention (Livelihood Improvement Project Takhar) shows promising results, which will be reinforced by disposable income and safe driveable access in the area.


Men and women, girls and boys, especially from poor families living in Rustaq district, improve their livelihoods.

Groupes cibles

The project targets the population of two watersheds in Rustaq district of Takhar province. The project area covers 24 villages with an estimated total population of 35’000 people. Over the duration of the phase (3 years), approximately 1’100 workers (= 300’000 person days of work) will be directly engaged in the construction works.

Effets à moyen terme

O1: Men and women, girls and boys make better use of basic services and economic opportunities.

O2: Local institutions facilitate the construction and maintenance of local roads.


Principaux résultats attendus:  

O1.1: Poor families in the target area earn a reliable and fair income.

O1.2: Local communities have all-year driveable access to services and markets.

O2.1: Natural Resource Management Committees and Watershed Associations coordinate and oversee con-struction works.

O2.2: Community Development Councils coordinate and oversee maintenance works.

O2.3: The provincial representation of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development is familiar with the labour-based approach and aware of its benefits.

Principaux résultats antérieurs:  

The project started with an inception phase (september 2015-October 2016). So far (August 2016) the following results have been achieved:

  • The road design was approved by the relevant ministry
  • 10 road construction groups from 4 villages were mobilized
  • 729 workers gained an average salary of CHF 104.25
  • A total of 14’768 person days of work were created
  • Construction is ongoing on 5 km of road
  • Provincial government representatives visited the project site
  • 35 youth were engaged in vocational training and child protection activities

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération au développement
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
Institution universitaire et de recherche étrangère
Secteur privé
Organisation suisse à but non lucratif
  • Secteur privé suisse
  • Research Organisation of South East
  • Terre des Hommes Lausanne

Autres partenaires


Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs

Livelihood Improvement Project Takhar (implemented by Terre des hommes)

National Rural Access Program (under the lead of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development)

Enhance Balanced Education project (GIZ), Water, Sanitation and Hygiene project (DACAAR)

Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF   8'722'000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF   8'632'517
Phases du projet

Phase 2 01.11.2016 - 31.10.2020   (Completed)

Phase 1 01.06.2014 - 31.12.2016   (Completed)