CBR Backround


The Capacity Building for Results (CBR) Program is an Afghan led public administration, civil service reform and institutional development Program, launched in 2012 by the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoIRA). CBR was initially foreseen as a 5-year investment to assist and strengthen the Afghan Government’s public administration capacity to improve budget execution rates and revenue mobilization, and streamlining business processes and facilitating faster and higher quality services to Afghan citizens. The CBR program is funded through the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) under the Afghan National Budget. The current phase of the project terminates on 31st June 2018.

The primary objectives of the CBR Program is to assist the Afghan government in improving the capability and performance of ministries to carry out their mandates and deliver effective services to the Afghan people through National Priority Programs. This is achieved through implementing specific capacity and institution building programs, which include systematic monitoring of and reporting based on results.

The CBR Program’s leadership is switched from the Minister of Finance to the Independent Administrative Reforms and Civil Services Commission, where the Steering Committee is abolished and two Project Management Units (PSUs) are merged as one Project Implementation Unit (PIU).

CBR support to Ministries has three inter-related components:

CBR support to Ministries has three inter-related components:


  1. Component 1 : Technical Assistance for the Preparation and Implementation of Capacity Building Programs (LMAs Reform Plans): Administrations under the CBR are responsible for the development and implementation of holistic reform plans with targeted TA support provided through CBR. This includes developing a Results Framework, and systematic monitoring and evaluation of the program implementation and results.
  2. Component 2 Building Human Capacity (Recruitment of 1,500 Civil Servants for LMAs): Ministries receive support to recruit, pay and manage skilled national staff that become part of a ministry’s civil service. An important feature of CBR is creating a professional, sustainable senior civil service cadre including Management, Common Function (Human Resources, Finance, and Procurement) and Technical / Professional Groups plus, training several hundred management interns who become future civil service managers.
  3. Component 3 Project Management Monitoring and Evaluation of Reform Plans: The CBR program’s coordination, evaluation and monitoring is conducted through one Project Implementation Unit (PIU), based in the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Services Commission (IARCSC.)

Who Manages CBR?

The Program is supervised by the Board of Commissioners composed of 9 commissioners that include the chairman of the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Services Commission. The PIU is be led by a Program Director and Deputy Program Director that will report to the Board of Commissioners.

Program Development Goals

The overall goal of the CBR Program is to assist the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in strengthening the capacity of Government Intuitions in carrying out their reform agendas in order to effectively, efficiently and satisfactorily discharge their mandates and to provide quality services to the Afghan citizens.