Partners in Revitalization and Building (formerly Pamir Reconstruction Bureau), PRB, a non –governmental, non-profitable organization was established in July 1990 by a group of Afghan experts lead by Eng. Kabir Hakim in Peshawar, Pakistan. PRB since its inception supported the sustainable economic and social recovery in its area of operation.
PRB in the 90s and 2000s
The years 1991-92 were the years of the building of capacities and institution establishment. During these years’ attention had been focused to accomplish a very decent working relationship with the community, authorities, and others involved in the field. The capacity-building program, later on, became a principal component in all PRB activities. Nowadays about 83 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 a reflection on the community needs had been prepared and executed in each year of its activities. The work plan had inspiration from donor agencies. In 1995-96 when factional fighting fueled by the neighboring countries and chaos gripped all of Afghanistan, especially after the fall of Kabul at the hand of the Tahrik Taliban, the aid 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 the PRB management team and general assembly.
The 1997-99-work plan had three important features: (1). Involvement of the community in project planning, implementation, management, and ownership (2). Moving from project-wise to program-wise with an integrated approach. The program received encouraging support from both the community and donors. In the three years, the program number of reconstruction income generation and agricultural activities had been approved and executed by the program section of PRB.
The three years’ work plan of PRB received encouraging support from donors and the community. The lessons learned from the successful completion of a three-year work plan (1997-1999) bound PRB leadership to prepare a five years strategic work plan for the years 2000-2004. The strategic work plan for the years 2000 to 2004 is the continuation of the previous work plan (1997-1999) in a more comprehensive manner.
Based on the guidance of the work plan PRB was able to receive grants for the execution of some vital sustainable projects including the 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 provide hygienic milk products to Kabul residents. The scheme was established during the most difficult period and with meager resources. The scheme became an example for other organizations and firms to establish and operate dairy 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 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 as to reduce poverty and enhance the empowerment among the beneficiaries of its targeted areas.
PRB in the 2001s and 2010s
· Expanding and training veterinary VFUs further to the northern region
· Kabul milk scheme
· Job creation for women – empowerment of women in Kabul in Shamali plain, north
· Beekeeping, livestock extension, sericulture, cashmere, poultry
· Income generation for women (tailoring, bee keeping, patu making, carpet weaving, etc.)
· Community development
· School building, infrastructure road, bridge,
· Safe drinking water, sanitation
· Consultancy and engineering services
· School building and health clinics and government building
Involve in Agriculture/ livestock, Livelihood and emergency
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 the charter, organizational chart and its amendment, and other issues in the organization. The General Assembly appoints the Executive Director. The organization under the leadership of its Board of Director/ Executive Director desires to focus its work according to the: support communities towards self-reliance, prioritize participatory approaches and endorse the capacity building of its staff Accountability & Transparency
PRB defines accountability as explaining, being held responsible for, and hearing the perspectives of others about how well we are meeting our commitments – and then actively making changes and improvements based on what we have learned and heard
Being accountable to our stakeholders means ensuring that we share information in a transparent way or, where we are unable to satisfy an information request, providing an explanation. PRB posts a substantial amount of information on the internet, including strategic plans, annual reports, advocacy policy reports, program reports, research reports
PRB believes that solving the complex challenges of poverty and social injustice can best be achieved by working with others. By pooling resources and expertise, our collective action is greater and more impactful than what we can deliver on our own.
PRB is committed to partnerships that are empowering, respectful, and focused on mutual learning and growth. We believe that poverty and social injustice can best be addressed through strategic and impactful partnerships with a range of actors from government, civil society, the private sector, and beyond.
Our work would not be possible without the support of those who partner with us to fund our work – individuals, corporations, trusts, foundations, governments, institutions and community groups.
PRB projects have been funded by : UNSYSTEM(UNDP, FAO, UNOCHA, UNICEF/ WFP UN Habitat and UNODC ) Canada Fund, IRC/RAB/ USAID AWO, Embassy of Japan/JICA, IDRF/ Canada, Oxfam GB, WHH, EU, Chemotic/ USAID, LOUIS BERGER /USAID/ AQIP, ACTION AID, ICARDA/ IFDC, USAID, GIZ, , ARD/USAID, ASAP/DCA, PADCO/USAID, Shelter for Life, Merlin, ACTED/DHSA/EU ACBAR/ WFP , ICARDA/ IFDC URF/KFW , Chemotics AQIP , ACTION AID CIDA/IDRF Chemotic /RAMP CHF/USAID DCA/RAMP/ USAID DCA/PRT RAMP/ USAID PADCO/USAID, ARD/USAID, GTZ/SPF, CHF