Nangarhar Valley Development Authority (NVDA)

Nangarhar Valley Development Authority (NVDA)

Donor: Asian Development Bank

Project Budget: $25 million (NVDA)                                 

Project Duration: 2014

Location: Jalalabad, Nangarhar

Status: Ongoing MAIL Project

Project Overall Objective:

The Investment Program will finance (i) the rehabilitation and upgrading of existing and development of new irrigation and water resources infrastructure, (ii) flood management infrastructure, (iii) institutional strengthening, and (iv) capacity building for key staff throughout the sector. The first tranche (the Project) under the Investment Program will have four components: (i) northern basins development (NBD), (ii) NVDA improvement, (iii) flood management, and (iv) project management and program development. Each of these components will have an integrated package of physical and nonphysical outputs.


Project Components:

MAIL will be the Implementing Agency for the NVDA component. The NVDA component comprises of: 

  • System rehabilitation: This component comprises comprehensive rehabilitation and upgrading of the irrigation system that includes repairs to the main canal headgate; desilting; improved protection walls; new headgates on secondary canals; and works on siphons, spillways, and passages for drainage washes. All secondary and larger tertiary canals will be rehabilitated and fitted with new improved control structures. These works will be executed on and benefit both the 12,000 ha of privately held land and the 8,000 ha of NVDA land.
  • Improved canal access points for women: The NVDA improvement component will also support work with the WUAs and community development councils to develop water access points within the canal network for women to wash and collect water for household use.
  • NVDA reform: Institutional reform of NVDA under a corporatized management structure is a key priority of MAIL. This component will support preparation of an institutional reform and business plan with associated adjustment costs for the restructuring of NVDA on a corporate basis. An important part of the institutional reform is creation of a sustainable irrigation service delivery agency to manage the main canal and an O&M financing mechanism for the irrigation system. The project will provide interim O&M financing on a declining basis until the new system is put in place.

Water user associations: The Project will mobilize and legally establish WUAs on the privately managed lands and on lands with leaseholders. A training program for WUAs and farmers will be developed, similar to that under the NBD component. The NVDA WUAs training will include demonstration activities for (i) improved irrigation and agricultural techniques for greater productivity and efficiency, and (ii) on-farm water management. These activities will also be made available to NVDA staff or other leaseholders farming the NVDA land.