Projects Developing in Laghman

New projects are to be developed in the Laghman province with a capital injection of $1.7 million.  This will surely create job opportunities for those living in the area, which is always a source of delight for those active in Afghan improvements, such as Hamed Wardak, founder of the Campaign for a US-Afghanistan Partnership (CUSAP).  One of the main goals of the CUSAP is to “achieve sustainable security and prosperity in Afghanistan.”  The scope of this latest project in Laghman includes building bridges (to improve transportation and facilitate security measures throughout the land) as well as canals.

The projects are being financed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United Nations Children’s Fund, the World Bank, and the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT).  The other main aim of the CUSAP is achieving a partnership between America and Afghanistan, being a “nonprofit organization of American and Afghan citizens.”

Some of the Pillars of CUSAP

Hamed Wardak founded, along with others, the Campaign for a US-Afghanistan Partnership (CUSAP) which works to create stability and prosperity in Afghanistan.  This nonprofit organization includes both American and Afghan citizens working together to promote peace.  They espouse 9 pillars by which their organization is guided.  Here, we will address the first 4 pillars.

  1. Ensure Effective U.S. Assistance: They want U.S. programs in Afghanistan to be correctly targeted to benefit the most people.  These would include training the Afghan National Army and the National Police; reducing the drug trade; working against corruption; providing social services that people can count on such as healthcare, education, water and power; and fostering good governance.
  2. Focus on Regional Solutions: CUSAP believes that Afghanistan will only have sustainable security when it has cooperation with its neighbors.  To this end, they believe that the United States and Afghanistan need close cooperation in getting more involvement from Pakistan.  They should also try to work on gaining cooperation from China, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other nations in the area.
  3. A Strong Bilateral Relationship: They believe that the United States needs to continue to support Afghanistan while also demanding better results from the Afghan government.  They want the Unites States and Afghanistan to formalize their partnership with a treaty that will ensure their close partnership, while also preserving Afghanistan’s traditions and sovereignty.
  4. A Strong National Army: They want to make sure that Afghanistan’s next leader maintains the military’s trust.  The Afghan army needs continue training and assistance and, they say, the United States should provide more heavy equipment and arms to the Afghan National Army.

CUSAP & Their 9 Pillars

Hamed Wardak is one of the founders of the Campaign for a US-Afghanistan Partnership (CUSAP). This nonprofit organization of American and Afghan citizens works to achieve a real peace and security in Afghanistan and to promote prosperity there.

In their efforts, they are guided by nine pillars.  These pillars, in brief, include: ensuring effective U.S. assistance; focusing on regional solutions; creating a strong bilateral relationship; having a strong national army; committing to reducing the drug trade; combating corruption and creating a good government; embracing traditional Islam to counter al Qaeda; generating a sustainable economic base;  and having united leadership.