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PRB in Brief

Partners in Revitalization and Building (formerly Pamir Reconstruction Bureau), PRB, a non -governmental organization was established in July 1990 by a group of Afghan experts headed by Eng. Mohammad Kabir. PRB since its inception supported sustainable economic and social recovery in its area of operation. Also PRB is committed to peace building stability in Afghanistan by improving the basic living conditions for the people of rural and urban parts of the country.

Years 1991-92 were the years of building of capacities and institution establishment. During these years attention had been focused to accomplish a very decent working relation with community, authorities and other involved in the field. The capacity building program latter on became a principle component in all PRB activities. Now-a-days about 179 staff are employed in different offices and projects. Their skills are crucial for the continuity and sustainability of PRB activities.

A proper work-plan with the reflection of the community needs had been prepared and executed in each year of its activities. The work-plan had the inspiration of donors agencies. In 1995-96 when factional fighting fuelled by the neighboring countries and chaos griped all Afghanistan especially after the fall of Kabul in the hand of Taliban, the aids for Afghanistan got squeezed to minimal. PRB conducted a comprehensive survey of need assessments from its areas of operation. As a result a work plan (1997-99) had been chalked-out by the program section and endorsed by PRB management team and general assembly.

The 1997-99-work plan had three important features: (1). Involvement of the community in projects planning, implementation, management and ownership (2). Moving from project-wise to program-wise with integrated approach. The program received an encouraging support from both the community and donors. In the three years program number of reconstruction income generation and agricultural activities had been approved and executed by program section of PRB.

The three years work plan of PRB received an encouraging support from donors and community. The lessons learned from successful completion of three-year work plan (1997-1999) bound PRB leadership to prepare a five years strategic work plan for year 2000-2004. The strategic work plan for the years 2000 to 2004 is the continuation of previous work plan (1997-1999) in more comprehensive manner.

Based on the guidance of the work plan PRB was able to receive grants for execution of some vital sustainable projects including: Kabul Milk scheme, bee keeping, sericulture, carpet weaving, embroidery, tailoring, leather works, knitting, jewelry, flower making, poultry raising, Patu Making ,carpentry training, computer training and English language courses. These projects were mainly for women and girls in different parts of the country.

Kabul Milk scheme was a successful achievement to enhance the livelihood of the farmers around Kabul and provides hygienic milk products to Kabul residents. The scheme was established during most difficult period and with meagre resources. The scheme became an example for other organizations and firms to establish and operate diary plants in other parts of the country.

PRB feels the vulnerability menace is the inheritance of decades of war and conflicts. It can be reduced by the community empowerment Also with the peace- building concepts, the community will be better equipped to undertake social and economic rehabilitation in the spirit of unity cooperation and national integration. PRB always tried to design its program in such a way to reduce poverty and enhance the empowerment among the beneficiaries of its targeted areas.

Organizational Structure

The General Assembly is the highest decision making body in PRB. All the important decisions in the organization are made by this setup. It includes the preparation of charter, organizational chart and its amendment and other issues in the organization. The General Assembly appoints the Executive Director and Advisory Board. The Executive Director who appoints the management board governs PRB daily activities. The GA of PRB usually convenes twice annually, if need is felt an emergency GA sometimes will be conducted. PRB General Assembly dated 2 October 2002, endorsed the creation of a steering committee which will be appointed by GA itself. The new steering committee will speed up the organization activities and assist the director in some of the matter granted by General Assembly. There are two branches governed by the executive director.

  • Program Branch
  • Administrative and Finance Branch

Strengths

PRB has successfully implemented over 210 projects in 14 provinces in the sectors of animal health & livestock production, agriculture, income generation, engineering & construction and emergency relief. PRB has the capacity to identify needs, design and plan appropriate interventions, implement them and evaluate their impacts. Its personnel constitute of 179 professional, technical, administrative and supportive staff member.
PRB has detailed local knowledge of the north parts of Afghanistan (Balkh, Jowzjan, Samangan), the northeast (Badakhshan, Takhar & Kunduz), central part (Kabul, Parwan, Kapsia), Khost, Paktia and Pakika in the south.
The agency receives funding from OXFAM GB, FAO, GIZ, CIDA/ IDRF, USAID( Chemonics International, ARD, PADCO and CHF ) URF/German Bank of Reconstruction, DFID( United Kingdom) , CIDA/IDRF ( Canada) , IRC ( USA), UN System( UNDP, UNDCP, FAO) and various private donors.

Staff

PRB has gathered highly qualified and experienced technical experts. The majority of technical staff is graduated form technical institutions and hold degrees in various professional disciplines. Some of them have got higher education from overseas universities.

The technical staff has gained sufficient experience in their respective fields. Several complicated projects have been planned, designed and executed through this branch. At present there are 20 qualified degree holders of different fields serving at PRB as permanent staff in offices inside Afghanistan and abroad. Similarly scores of diploma and certificate holders serve PRB programs.