Afghanistan Engineering Support Program (AESP)


The Afghanistan Engineering Support Program (AESP) provides architecture and engineering (A&E) services to support USAID/Afghanistan’s Office of Economic Growth and Infrastructure (OEGI).  Activities under AESP complement the activities and expertise of USAID’s staff.  The AESP team provides resident A&E services and capacity building for local national employees, Afghan ministries, and USAID staff in several sectors: energy, transportation, water and sanitation, vertical structures, field/technical services, and communication.


  • Energy & Transportation Engineering:  Provides planning, design, and quality assurance services in electric power transmission and generation projects throughout Afghanistan.  AESP also provides third-party quality assurance oversight services for: road projects and airport construction; master planning; and, engineering support for provincial reconstruction teams.  
  • Vertical Structures:  Supports architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design reviews.  Provides technical/design support for education, health, and judicial facilities.
  • Technical Services:  AESP technically reviews existing dam and hydro-electric power facilities.  Dam assessments examine issue such as flood control, irrigation, and power generation.
  • Capacity Building: Provides training and professional advancement opportunities for Afghan staff.  Training topics include: project management skills, computer-aided-design (CAD) techniques, application of building standards and technical specifications, communication skills, technical writing, and leadership.
  • Empowerment of Female Engineering Students: The AESP internship program provides third- and fourth-year female engineering students with on-the-job experience.   
  • Media Assistance: AESP assists with community outreach and communication.


  • Woman Engineering Internship Program: Successfully provided real life engineering work experience to four female engineering students.  
  • Capacity Building: Enhanced management and leadership skills of Afghan staff, which resulted in promotion of a local national engineer to Deputy Chief of Party in 2012.
  • Gender Equality:   AESP’s gender efforts resulted in the hiring of an Afghan female architect for permanent employment in the program.
  • Transportation engineering: Completed eight road projects and three airport reconstruction quality assurance projects.
  • Energy engineering: Completed 28 transmission and generation planning and design projects and assisted the vertical structures sector in electrical design reviews.
  • Vertical structures A&E:  Completed 22 vertical structure master planning, design, design review, and quality assurance projects.
  • Sustainability/Operations and Maintenance: Created operations and maintenance (O&M) cost estimates for 21 USAID-funded construction or rehabilitation facilities, which will allow the Afghan Government to more effectively create annual O&M budgets.
  • Water resources: Completed site visits to four hydro-electric dam sites.  Prepared and reviewed cost estimates for two dams, and reviewed the river hydraulics related to a bridge failure.
  • Water and sanitation: Completed design of on-site wastewater treatment plants and water systems for two high schools and performed reviews of the Kabul Water Study and Kabul Water System bid documents.

Last updated: October 01, 2013

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