Good Performance Initiative

Good Performance Initiative

The Ministry of Counter Narcotics (MCN) has established with the objective to take the leading role in the development, co-ordination, monitoring and evaluation of the Afghan Government's Counter Narcotics strategy. The Good Performance Initiative (GPI) is an International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL)-funded program, implemented by the Ministry of Counter Narcotics (MCN) in Afghanistan. The Program, which was started in 2007 by President’s Order No. 99, seeks to incentivize provincial governors' Counter Narcotic and supply reduction activities and support sustainable, community-led development projects in the provinces that have reduced or eliminated poppy cultivation successfully. The GPI Program offers governors a concrete way to demonstrate to their constituents the benefits of reducing poppy cultivation and gives local communities a stake in reduction and maintaining the decline. To date, there are around 195 development projects under this program which either have been completed or in the process of completion. The projects mainly comprise of construction of schools, universities, roads, bridges, irrigation structures, health clinics, drug treatment centers, sport stadiums, gymnasiums and supply of farm machineries.

After the release of the annual United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) opium survey, the MCN notifies qualifying provinces of their award. Provincial Development Councils then develop and nominate project proposals for their governor’s review. From the review, the governors nominate selected project proposals to the MCN. A GPI Project Review Committee consisting of MCN and INL representatives then review the governor nominated proposals. Selected contracts are then solicited and awarded by the MCN in accordance with Afghan Procurement Law.

Up to now, GPI program has implemented various projects in different provinces of the country such as construction of 47 primary, secondary and high school buildings, construction of 11 provincial conference hall buildings, provision of 390 agricultural tractor machineries and presenting agricultural training programs to Famers Associations, construction of 5 vocational training centers, construction of 16 sport stadium and sport gymnasiums, construction of 26 basic health clinics, 19 irrigation projects (consisting of different irrigation structures), construction of 7 vehicle bridges, construction of 16 male and female hostel buildings for universities and teacher training institutes, construction of 3 university buildings, construction of 13 agricultural warehouses, establishment of 115 greenhouses, asphalting of 16 km roads in rural areas, provision of road and irrigation machineries, construction of 2 recreational park and establishment of 2650 fruit orchards.