Afghanistan: Provincial Reconstruction Teams

House of Lords written question – answered on 17th December 2008.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government following their recent review of development policy, what assessment they have made of the role of provincial reconstruction teams in development projects in Afghanistan.

Photo of Lord Tunnicliffe Lord Tunnicliffe Government Whip, Government Whip

Provincial reconstruction teams (PRTs) operate under International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) direction across Afghanistan, and are interim institutions designed to help extend the reach of the Afghan Government, improve security, and facilitate stabilisation and governance work. Most provinces in Afghanistan remain fragile. PRTs allow stabilisation and development work to take place where a lack of security prevents development agencies and the Government of Afghanistan from operating independently.

In Helmand, the UK-led PRT is helping to focus civilian and military activity on supporting provincial governance and stabilising the principal population centres, which is a critical basis for longer-term development. The UK continues to discuss the role and future of PRTs regularly with the Afghan Government, ISAF, UNAMA, other donors, and civil society groups. Afghan government and UNAMA co-ordination on security, stabilisation and development issues has improved in recent months and this will help in setting exit strategies for PRTs, about which a public debate has not yet begun.

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