Fifth
Fifth National CDC Consultative Conference Posted Date: 05/01/2017

 

Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development

National Solidarity Program

 

Fifth National CDC Consultative Conference:

Building Self-Reliant and Prosperous Communities

through Pro-Poor, Inclusive, and Participatory Development

 

Loya Jirga Hall and Presidential Palace, Kabul

Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, 2015 (9 Aqrab – 11 Aqrab, 1394)


 

“In the Name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful”

 


Executive Summary

In Aqrab 1394 (October/ November 2015), MRD / NSP sponsored and organized the Fifth Community Development Councils National Consultative Conference: Building Self-Reliant and Prosperous Communities through Pro-Poor, Inclusive, and Participatory Development at which Community Development Council (CDC) members indirectly represented the nation’s more than 35,000 CDCs and the villages they serve. The Conference was attended by 532 CDC Delegates from 322 Districts of the nation’s 34 Provinces, including, 141 women council members from 28 Provinces. 

The Conference, attended by H.E. President Ghani, H.E. Chief Executive Abdullah, as well as Ministers from all relevant line ministries, provided an opportunity for CDC Delegates to share their progress, socio-economic analysis of rural communities, and concerns and expectations from the Government. Whilst, the Government shared its development vision for rural Afghanistan, reaffirmed its commitment to channel development funds to and work with CDCs to fulfill its development vision. The Government outlined the Citizens’ Charter Initiative, noting its obligations to the Afghan people, and discussed its expectations from and the responsibilties of CDCs to ensure equitable, inclusive, and participatory development.

 

The CDC Delegates’ discussions around development during the Conference illustrates that a decade of Community Driven Development (CDD), where representative community groups/councils have control over decisions and resources, within a structure of negotiation and deliberations, has build positive social capital. CDCs throughout rural  Afghanistan have proven their capacities to engage their constituents to work collectively towards development, forge partnerships with neighboring communities, overcome divisions, plan and implement development projects, and pave the way for democratic local level governance.

The Conference Resolution, drafted and approved by the CDC Delegates, captures the event’s most salient discussion points around nation-wide services delivery. Further, the comittments and activities of CDCs outlined in the 2015 Resolution, with a pro-poor and pro-woman focus, speak to the overall shift that CDCs have made. Earlier Resolutions focused on CDCs’ institutional status and the required support from Government. Now that the institutional uncertainty has been removed, and CDCs have been given the mandate to oversee all development activities in their villages,there is greater focus on how CDCs can work towards equitable and inclusive development, including deeper engagement with their constituents.

The Governments development agenda and vision resonated strongly with the needs of communities and H.E. Minister Durrani’s discussion and explication of the Citizen Charter and the Partnership between Government and CDCs that is required to succeed, inspired the CDC Delegates. With the knowledge that Government stands side-by-side CDCs and communities, the Delegates engaged in open discussions outlining the obtacles they face, including insecurity, elite capture, economically detrimental social practices, and insufficient government support and resources.

An important theme in the Conference was the need to address and fight discrimination, based on ethnicity, tribal affliliation, religion, gender, and class, in both civil society and the public sector, in order to build a strong nation that will stand united against its enemies. The Conference had an atmosphere of collectivity and unity, and CDC Delegates left with a renewed confidence in the Unity Government’s leadership and commitment to work side by side with CDCs to fulfil all Afghans’ development right. 



CDC Jirga Report 2015 final without photos