CoST Afghanistan impact: Paving the way to better roads and a stronger economy

CoST Afghanistan impact: Paving the way to better roads and a stronger economy

This impact story explores how in Afghanistan, the CoST approach has contributed to a saving of AFN 646 million (US$8.3 million) through the creation of an independent, pre-contract oversight body.

CoST Afghanistan’s First Assurance Report in 2018 identified major problems in the preparation stage of the project cycle, particularly relating to inaccurate survey and design, which led to significant time and cost overruns. The assurance report recommended procuring entities improve their preparation procedures and build capacity to strengthen design and tender oversight. This led to action from the National Road Authority, which created the Design Review Unit.

After reviewing the contracts of over 100 infrastructure projects and recalculating quantities and costs, the Unit saved US$8.3 million between 2018–2019 alone.