|Events and Activities ||Date Posted 3/10/2013|
Occasionally, the National Solidarity Programme sponsors events and activities to stimulate discussion between Community Development Councils and to raise awareness of the success of the NSP and in particular the CDCs are having in reducing poverty and strengthening local governance structures in Afghanistan. Information regarding these events and activities will be posted here as they become available.
|The First CDC National Consultative Conference ||Date Posted 3/10/2013|
Since the inception of the National Solidarity Programme, it has brought forward ample experiences of community development and has raised hopes for the rehabilitation and development among thousands of communities across Afghanistan.
The first CDC National Consultative Conference took place in Kabul August 21-25, 2005 in the Loya Jirga tent with representation from Community Development Councils, donors, government ministry representatives, NGOs and members of the international community participated. The conference was mainly about the future role of the CDCs as the only democratically elected and self-governing institutions at the community level and revision and evaluation of the NSP's achievements, challenges and future opportunities.
The Jirga participants concluded the conference by drafting a resolution to address the challenges faced by the CDCs.
|The Second CDC National Consultative Conference ||Date Posted 3/10/2013|
A National CDC Consultative Conference took place in Kabul from November 10 to 15, 2007 in the Loya Jirga tent to discuss and debate about the current and future role of CDCs in Afghanistan.
Co-sponsored by the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) and the Independent Directorate for Local Administration/Governance (IDLG), the jirga was an opportunity for CDC delegates, government ministries representatives, NGOs, and members of international community to observe and exchange views and experiences about the role of CDCs, which have been established in 345 of a total of 398 districts and provincial centers, throughout all 34 provinces of the country.
Jirga participants drafted nine resolutions designed to improve the working relationship between the government and CDCs across Afghanistan. The resolutions also addressed issues related to how CDCs should operate in the villages.
In addition to representatives from all levels of government, national and international NGOs, and participants from other interested groups, approximately 500 CDC male and female representatives from all 34 provinces attended the conference.
|The Third CDC National Consultative Conference ||Date Posted 3/10/2013|
October 21, 2010: The Third CDC National Consultative Conference commenced on October 19, 2010. On the first two days of the gathering, the CDCs representatives held considerable discussions in an attempt to share the experiences and lessons they had learned during projects implementation in their communities.
Meanwhile, on the second day of the conference, the CDC representatives from all 34 provinces of Afghanistan had an opportunity to meet H.E Hamid Karzai, the president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in the Presidential Palace.
In addition to speeches delivered by other participants, H.E Ustad Muhammad Karim Khalili, the second vice president, H.E Jarullah Mansoori, the MRRD minister, H.E Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, the minister of the Ministry of Finance, H.E Husan Bano Ghazanfar, the acting minister of the MoWA and Dr. Ashraf Ghani, the former minister of the Ministry of Finance have taken turns making tremendous speeches in relation to the importance of the CDCs and women's participation in decision-making process.
At the end of the conference, the CDCs representatives prepared and endorsed a resolution comprising a number of stipulations which was read publicly to the participants. The resolution proposes that the Afghan National Assembly approve the CDC by-law. Moreover, the resolution focuses on the practical implementation of the endorsements and sanctions made in the Second CDC Conference, held on November 15, 2007.
The Conducting of the Third CDC National Consultative Conference was an effective and determined effort to share experiences, enhance capacities as well as ensure closer coordination between ministries and the MRRD development programs in particular.
|The Fourth CDC National Consultative Conference ||Date Posted 7/20/2013|
June 02, 2013: The Fourth Community Development Council National Consultative Conference commenced on May 28, 2013 in Loya Jerga Hall. On the first day, H.E. Eng. Atiqullah Khawasi, the MRRD Deputy Minister of Finance and Administration, opened the ceremony with his welcoming speech. He was followed by Mr. Abdul Rahman Ayubi, the NSP Executive Director, briefed the participants on the programme’s achievements in the past decade and provided information about the programme’s future plans. Later, the CDCs representatives held considerable discussions in an attempt to share the experiences and lessons they had learned during the project implementation in their communities across the country.
On the second day of the conference, H.E. Ustad Mohammad Karim Khalili - the Second Vice President, H.E. Eng. Wais Ahmad Barmak - the MRRD minister, H.E. Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal - the Finance minister, H.E. Husan Bano Ghazanfar - the Woman's Affairs minister and Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai - the Chairman of the Afghan Transition Coordination Commission took turns making speeches in relation to the importance of the CDCs and the participation of women in decision making process.
|MRRD condemns indiscriminate killing of staff in Herat ||Date Posted 12/10/2013|
The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development of Afghanistan strongly condemns the deliberate killing of six staff who were working for National Solidarity Programme (NSP) in the Western Province of Herat.The six staff members: four engineers and one master trainer who were working for the NSP facilitating partner IRC and one local monitor from the NSP had been kidnapped on Sunday, 25 August 2013 while travelling to Gulran district of Herat province. They were brutally killed yesterday evening by the enemy of the people of Afghanistan who oppose any development support for the rural people of the country.
|Untimely death of two of our NSP family members. ||Date Posted 12/10/2013|
Last week, we found with profound sadness to hear about the tragic and untimely death of two of our NSP family members. These two colleagues were working with Afghan Business Capacity Development (ABCD) – one of NSP’s Facilitating Partners.They were:
1. Hayatullah was a Site Engineer and had been working with ABCD since19 Sonbula 1391.
2. Abdu Ali was a Community Social Organizer who joined ABCD on 23 Aqrab 1391
Both these colleagues were martyred as they were visiting their respective CDCs’ projects as a result of a road bomb explosion. These colleagues had a dream to help empower rural communities. While they are no more, unfortunately, with us, the whole NSP team is fully committed to pursue their dream towards development work in Afghanistan. In fact, such tragic incidences will not reduce but increase our commitment.
On behalf of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, the NSP family offers its deepest condolences to the grieving families, friends and Abdul Ali -SO colleagues of the deceased ones. May Allah grant them eternal peace.
NSP is a rural development program which seeks to both improve the access of rural villagers to critical services and create a structure for village governance. To that effect, NSP employees are social and development workers and strive for the betterment and improvement of the people of Afghanistan. Our thoughts and prayers are with their family members, friends and colleagues in these difficult and testing times.
|Press Release ||Date Posted 12/10/2013|
Government of Afghanistan Signs US$250 million Grant with the World Bank to Strengthen Village Level Governance and Improve Rural Infrastructure KABUL, January 23, 2013 – A US$250 million Grant, to finance the on-going third phase of the National Solidarity Program (NSP III) of the Government of Afghanistan, was signed today between the Ministry of Finance and the World Bank. The Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) Grant aims at building, strengthening, and maintaining Community Development Councils (CDCs) as effective institutions for local governance and social-economic development. “NSP’s contribution towards social cohesion has become an important part of thousands of communities,” said H.E. Omar Zakhilwal, Minister of Finance, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. “NSP has empowered women; enhanced local governance; provided basic infrastructure services; and improved perception of government in the minds of most Afghans. We are grateful to the World Bank and the ARTF donors for their contribution in the government of Afghanistan's development efforts.” The NSP is the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s single largest investment in rural Afghanistan, operating in all 34 provinces, aiming at building, strengthening, and maintaining elected CDCs as effective institutions for local governance and socio-economic development. The program is implemented by the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) under the leadership of an inter-ministerial Steering Committee led by H.E. Second Vice President Mohmmad Karim Khalili. Now in its third phase, NSP has made remarkable progress. Since its inception in 2003, NSP has mobilized rural communities, which have freely elected nearly 34,000 CDCs. “The communities have played an important part in this,” H.E. Minister Zakhilwal emphasized adding that: “NSP has reached an important juncture of its life and it is time we reflect carefully upon its achievements and its future.” The program has disbursed over US$1.2 billion in block grants directly to CDC..