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Acronyms
Acknowledgements
Executive Summary
Introduction
Background
Review Objectives, Approach and Limitations
Findings and Observations
Overall Assessment and Conclusions
Implementation Challenges, Lessons & Recommendations

Annexes
  1. Summary of Afghanistan's Risks, Constraints & Challenges
  2. CIDA's disbursements to Afghanistan
  3. Benchmarking of human and other support services resources available to deliver Afghanistan, Iraq and Haiti Programs
  4. Persons interviewed
  5. Documents consulted
  6. List of Criteria used for Financial Accountability
  7. List of Donor Countries and Organizations for Afghanistan
  8. Management Response to the Review of the Afghanistan Program

Acronyms


ACRP
Afghanistan Community Renewal Program
ADB
Asian Development Bank
AEC
Agency Evaluation Committee
ANBP
Afghanistan New Beginnings Program
ANDS
Afghanistan National Development Strategy
ARTF
Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund
ASP
Afghanistan Stabilization Program
BRAC
Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee
CBS
Canadian Based Staff
CIDA
Canadian International Development Agency
CDCs
Community Development Councils
CDR
Combined Delivery Report
CGAP
Consultative Group for Assistance to the Poorest
CNTF
Counter Narcotics Trust Fund
CSC
Corrections Services Canada
3D
Defence, Diplomacy, Development
DAC
Development Assistance Committee
DDAs
District Development Assemblies
DDR
Demobilization, Disarmament and Reintegration
DFAIT
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
DfID
Department for International Development (UK)
DIAG
Disbandment of Illegal Armed Groups
DND
Department of National Defence
FPs
Facilitating Partners
FY
Fiscal Year
GoA
Government of Afghanistan
HCR
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
HR
Human Resources
HQ
Headquarters
IALP
Integrated Alternative Livelihoods Project (Kandahar)
IDLO
International Development Law Organization (Rome)
IDP
Internally Displaced Persons
IEC
Independent Electoral Commission
IFI
International Financial Institutions
IMF
International Monetary Fund
IMPACS
Institute for Media Policy and Civil Society
JEMB
Joint Electoral Management Body
JEMBS
Joint Electoral Management Body Secretariat
LDCs
Least Developed Countries
LES
Local Engaged Staff (CIDA)
LFA
Logical Framework Analysis
LOTFA
Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan
MA
Monitoring Agent
MAPA
United Nations Mine Action Program for Afghanistan
MCN
Ministry of Counter Narcotics (GoA)
MEW
Ministry of Energy and Water
MFIs
Micro Finance Institutions
MISFA
Microfinance Investment Support Facility for Afghanistan
MoF
Ministry of Finance (GoA)
MoJ
Ministry of Justice (GoA)
MoI
Ministry of the Interior (GoA)
MOWA
Ministry of Women's Affairs
MRE
Mine Risk Education
MRRD
Ministry for Rural Rehabilitation and Development (GoA)
NABDP
National Area-Based Development Program
NGO
Non-governmental Organization
NPSO
National Program Support Office
NSP
National Solidarity Program
OC
Oversight Consultant
ODA
Official Development Assistance
PAD
Project Approval Document
PKMB
Performance and Knowledge Management Branch (CIDA)
PRC
Program Review Committee (CIDA)
PRSP
Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper
PRT
Provincial Reconstruction Team
PSU
Program Support Unit (CIDA)
PWGSC
Public Works and Government Services Canada
R&D
Rights and Democracy
RAU
Result and Accountability Unit (CIDA)
RBM
Results-based management
RCMP
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
RRMAF
Results and Risk Management and Accountability Framework
SEAL
Support to the Establishment of the Afghanistan Parliament
SRLA
Strengthening the Rule of Law in Afghanistan
TBS
Treasury Board Secretariat
UN
United Nations
UNAMA
United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan
UNDP
United Nations Development Program
UNMACA
United Nations Mine Action Center for Afghanistan
UNMAS
United Nations Mine Action Service
UNODC
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
WB
World Bank
WRAF
Women's Rights Fund Afghanistan


Acknowledgements


The Evaluation Division would like to express its gratitude to the staff of the Afghanistan Program, both existing and former, for their exemplary collaboration throughout the Review process. Amidst their hectic schedule, they provided the Review team with the necessary project and program documentation, took the time to answer our questions, and helped to organize meetings with key stakeholders.

A special thanks to Harley Johnson and Dale Posgate, external independent Monitors for the CIDA Afghanistan Program, who willingly shared their in-depth program knowledge with the Review Team and who discussed many pertinent issues related to the Afghanistan Program with us. Their reports were an invaluable source of information.

This Review drew heavily on a range of documentation from different sources. Our appreciation also goes out to the various organizations, partners and individuals who authored these documents and shared them with us. We have tried to avoid any misrepresentation of information, views or judgements contained therein and so apologize beforehand should there be any such unintentional instances.

Finally, we would like to thank and acknowledge the support of the evaluation team members: Pierre Thivierge of Spearhead Management Canada Limited, a Management Accountant, with 25 years experience in the area of financial management and knowledge of the financial systems of CIDA and its international partner organizations; Robert Mitchell, a Consultant with extensive evaluation experience related to CIDA Programs in the South Asia region; and Larry Thériault, the Evaluation Manager responsible for the Review, who has 25 years experience in management and review of CIDA programs, including field operation experience with Program Support Units. Their professionalism and resourcefulness were key in getting the Review done within a very tight timeframe.

Goberdhan Singh
Director, Evaluation Division


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