AECOM Technology Corporation (NYSE: ACM), a leading provider of professional technical and management support services for government and commercial clients around the world, announced today that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded the company a contract to implement the Afghanistan Stability in Key Areas (SIKA)-East program worth up to US$177 million.
SIKA-East is a stabilization-focused community development program that supports USAID's objective of increasing the people of Afghanistan's confidence in their district-level governments, leading to the expansion of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan's (GIRoA) provincial authority and legitimacy.
Under the contract, AECOM will assist provincial and district entities in developing tools and participatory processes to understand and respond to sources of instability in their communities. The team will work closely with USAID to help build the capacity of district officials to leverage existing government, donor and military resources to aid in the design, implementation and monitoring of local programs and small-scale infrastructure projects that address both citizen concerns and root causes of instability.
The contract has an 18-month period of performance with an additional 18-month option period. The project will focus on key districts prioritized by the U.S. and Afghanistan governments.
This win builds on AECOM's Afghanistan Social Outreach Program, which set up more than 130 district councils across the country.
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