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Project Title:
Capacity Building for Results Facility
Grant Amount:
$100 million
Approval Date:
December 31, 2011
Closing Date:
December 31, 2017

Project Objective:

The development objective of the Capacity Building for Results Facility project is to assist the Government in improving the capacity and performance of select line ministries in carrying out their mandates and delivering services to the Afghan people. This is achieved through the implementation of specific capacity and institution building programs, which include systematic monitoring of and reporting on results.

Program Summary

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The Project: The Government faces significant challenges in managing these reform processes as transition moves forward. Enhancing capacity of the core civil service, with an emphasis on strengthening budget execution and service delivery, is critical to mitigate the substantial fiscal challenges that will unfold during transition. As donors begin to reduce their funds for technical assistance and project support, the Government will face an increasing responsibility for delivery of services in the context of a shrinking envelope of support. Government must have the skilled staff at the central and sub-national levels to be able to absorb and manage increasing amounts of donor funding provided through the Afghan budget. The task of building more sustainable, strategic and longer term capacity is therefore more urgent than ever.

The 5-year CBR project supports the Government’s effort to significantly increase the capacity of ministries to delivery essential services and implement national priority programs. CBR and its components are structured as a facility that allows for adaptation based upon experience in the initial years. The Facility is operated on a demand-driven approach with each participating line ministry demonstrating its ownership and commitment through formulation of a prioritized capacity building program to execute its mandates with concrete and monitorable results. All ministries are supported to complete essential reforms, such as the implementation of pay and grading. More extensive support will be contingent upon the ministry fulfilling certain criteria, such as having completed basic public administration reforms, and having an approved strategic plan. This is to set a ministry on a reform path that helps it function more effectively.


  • Development budget execution rate improvements,
  • Business process improvements;
  • Service delivery improvements, in participating line ministries.