MSI’s Afghan Buildings Sustain Government and Community

Qala e Naw Building in Afghanistan

The USAID-funded, MSI-implemented Afghan Governance & Legal Reform Project (AGLRP) constructed 37 cost-effective buildings, using local subcontractors, architects and materials from 2003-2006.

The project’s staff emphasized constructing a sustainable building by using local masonry and concrete. Building with the culture and community in mind, the AGLRP team interviewed local judges on the best way to arrange a modern Afghan courthouse.

The team rehabilitated and constructed 27 courthouses and judicial facilities and 10 district administrative centers in 17 Afghan provinces. Some administration buildings, like the one in Qala i Naw in Badghis Province (pictured), unexpectedly took on the role of community centers and hosted wedding ceremonies.

Afghan-American Rafi Samizay helped spearhead the AGLRP construction program. A professor at University of Washington that fled Afghanistan in 1981 during the Soviet’s occupation, Samizay came back to Afghanistan through the AGLRP project.

Samizay now continues his architecture work in Afghanistan through his company, Studio Zarnegar, whose staff continues to engineer, plan and build civil and administrative facilities, educational buildings and community housing.

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