U.S. and Afghanistan Announce $19.2 Million in Good Performers Initiative Awards for Provincial Counternarcotics Achievements
On December 3,
2011 at the Afghan Government Media and Information Center, U.S.
Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker and Afghanistan’s Minister for
Counter Narcotics Zarar Moqbel Osmani announced $19.2 million in Good
Performers Initiative (GPI) awards to provinces that achieved or retain
poppy-free status or reduced net poppy cultivation by more than 10
percent over the previous year. Twenty-two of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces
received GPI awards in 2011, including 17 provinces that earned $1
million awards for being poppy-free.
The Good Performers Initiative was launched by President Karzai in
2007 with the purpose of delivering timely, high-impact development
assistance to provinces leading the fight against poppy cultivation in
Afghanistan. GPI projects help build infrastructure, employ local
citizens, and give tangible recognition to governors who demonstrate
strong leadership in reducing and eliminating poppy cultivation in their
provinces. To date, the GPI program has supported more than 90
development projects, including roads, schools, clinics, and other
The Department of State’s Bureau for International Narcotics and Law
Enforcement Affairs (INL) funds GPI and Afghanistan’s Ministry of
Counter Narcotics works with each province to design and implement
development projects using GPI funds. GPI awards are calculated based on
final poppy cultivation figures from the annual Afghanistan Opium
Survey published by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).