Founded in mid 1928, ICOLD is an international non-governmental organization dedicated to sharing of professional information and knowledge of the design, construction, maintenance, and impact of large dams. Afghanistan’s energy and water ministry in a statement said that the Paris-based organization had announced that Afghanistan had met the criteria for the membership with its solid programs for building dams and water management. ICOLD totally has 100 members. The Afghan committee for the organization is led by Energy Minister Ali Ahmad Osmani. The organization assists nations in the development and management of water and hydro-power resources.