In an Orwellian twist, the March 5 front-page article “Project’s key step is left to Afghans” suggested that the U.S. Agency for International Development’s recent agreement to fund the completion of the Kajaki Dam energy project in partnership with the Afghan energy utility is an abandonment of the effort. The opposite is true.
After taking a hard look at the project and how it could be completed most cost-effectively and sustainably, we concluded that by working directly through the Afghan government’s national utility, DABS, we would leverage the increased capacity of the Afghans to take on responsibility for their own economic and social development.
Our ultimate goal is to support the Afghans on their path to stability and prosperity. Increasing their domestic energy production is part of that. Equally important is giving the Afghans the resources to manage their future. Those who suggest that the Afghans can’t implement part of this effort should look at the facts.