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Results of the Danish and International Efforts

During the recent years, considerable results have been obtained through the Danish and international efforts in Afghanistan.

Security and stabilisation

The Afghan National Army is becoming more capable

On 11 December 2007, the Afghan National Army, with support from ISAF forces, recaptured control of the town of Musa Qala in Helmand Province. The operation shows that the Afghan National Army has become more effective and in time will be capable of undertaking security missions in Afghanistan by itself. The Afghan troops have remained in the town and maintain security together with ISAF, so as to ensure that the development and reconstruction work can continue, to the benefit of the town’s inhabitants.

The Danish soldiers establish security and create conditions for reconstruction

The Danish forces carried out, for example, a large-scale operation in January 2008 which established the basis for liberating several areas of the green zone around the Helmand River from the control of militant Taliban groups. The objective of the operation was, among other things, to establish a patrol base called “Armadillo”, from where the Danish contingent could monitor and patrol a large area of the Green Zone and thus create conditions for civilian development in the area.

Photo: Danish troops on their way to the Green Zone from the Patrol Base Armadillo. The armadillo is part of the logo of the unit that set up the patrol base. Photo: Army Operational Command, Denmark

Danish troops on their way to the Green Zone from the Patrol Base Armadillo. The armadillo is part of the logo of the unit that set up the patrol base. Photo: Army Operational Command, Denmark

Photo: The head of the Danish CIMIC detachment is handing over the keys and registration documents for the “new” used trucks to the Mayor of Gereshk. Photo: Army Operational Command, Denmark

The head of the Danish CIMIC detachment is handing over the keys and registration documents for the “new” used trucks to the Mayor of Gereshk. Photo: Army Operational Command, Denmark

Reconstruction and development begins with the basic things

The growth in the number of inhabitants in Gereshk in the central part of Helmand Province and a destroyed refuse collection system created problems with waste management in the town. A refuse collection system was built up with waste drop-off points where the local population could deliver their waste instead of throwing the rubbish into the street. It soon became a success, and the quantity of rubbish at the waste drop-off points grew, so much so that the town’s refuse workers were unable to keep up. A mechanical solution to the collection problem was needed so as to enable the town’s refuse workers to carry out their important work more effectively. The Danish CIMIC detachment, therefore, provided refuse collection trucks, on the condition that the local authorities themselves could maintain them and that spare parts could be obtained locally.

Photo: One of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ development advisers negotiating with the local Afghan authorities in Gereshk. Photo: Army Operational Command, Denmark

One of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ development advisers negotiating with the local Afghan authorities in Gereshk. Photo: Army Operational Command, Denmark

State building and human rights

Danish support to the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund

Denmark has provided considerable support to the multi-donor trust fund, the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund, which plays a key role in the endeavour of reforming the public sector. The Trust Fund has built up a system that enhances the state’s financial control systems, thus ensuring proper use of the funds. The Trust Fund has played a decisive role in the re-establishment of the Afghan state and provincial administration, which is strategically important as a counter-weight to the local power bases of warlords.

Economic and social development

Humanitarian assistance, incl. support to the return of refugees and internally displaced persons

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