The following article on proactive use of development funds by the US Army in Afghanistan triggered this for me. This sort of development doctrine SHOULD have been enacted in 2001, in fact everything was ready to go, then it was hijacked and fcuked up by the UN et al. DFID in Afghanistan is NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE and time is now very limited. All DFID development funds in Afghanistan should be used at the discretion of local Commanders. American troops stationed at the remotest base in Afghanistan are finding a makeshift radio station to be their most potent weapon in the war against Al-Qaeda-led militants. âWeâre fighting an insurgency and the cornerstone of fighting an insurgency is winning over the population rather than just destroying the enemy,â explains First Lieutenant Joe Lang, who heads the Information Operations cell. âWe still do both but our priorities have switched.â âAnything that happens with the coalition we put that out because the bad guys have a habit of putting their news out quickly, so we have to be pretty quick on the draw too,â said Hampton. âWe aim to have things on air within an hour.â The soldiers have distributed more than 8,000 radios, mostly wind-up or solar-powered, and have another 20,000 to hand out. The station broadcasts to 48 villages comprising 60,000 people but is extending. Boxes have been placed in villages for requests and they receive about 45 a day. In fact, the radio station is already the most listened to of the three available in the area and this has brought some unexpected rewards. âWhen we broadcast asking people if they had any information about IEDs (improvised explosive devices), people started turning up every day with information,â said Hampton. Similarly, when a Raven remote-controlled surveillance aircraft went down, the news was broadcast on the radio. Within an hour, someone was at the front gate with the 4ft craft. US forces are now planning to replicate this in other bases and the British are considering doing the same in Helmand. Article in full http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2089-2415611,00.html I know this approach works because I have done it elsewhere.