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
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
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 Conferenc
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
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.
The Fifth National CDC Consultative Conference The Greatest Achievements of the MRRD
The Fifth National CDC Consultative Conference took place in Loya Jirga Hall, Kabul from October 31 to November 02, 2015. Approximately, 900 participants 532 of which were representatives of the Community Development Councils (CDCs) established under the National Solidarity Programme of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD/NSP), participated in this national gathering. The number of female CDC members participated at this conference is amounted to 141, constituting almost 27% of the overall participants. The participants indeed represented 319 districts of 34 provinces of Afghanistan.
In the past, the MRRD/NSP has also conducted four National CDC Consultative Conferences that led towards considerable accomplishments in the CDCs’ performances at village level across the country.
In addition to exchanging experiences acquired during projects’ implementation, the CDC representatives could manage to learn from each other’s approaches during the conference continued for three days and concluded successfully with creation news messages for rural development. Having identified and discussed their problems, the CDC representatives had an opportunity to share them with the Government Leadership. Moreover, they have also briefed their Excellencies the President and Chief Executive of Afghanistan on their proposals.
The launch of the conference has helped develop proper solutions how to alleviate poverty, efficiently optimize the existing resources, improve rural livelihoods and revoke harmful traditional practices. H.E the Afghan President has also clearly talked in support of certain hints raised during the conference.
“With due consideration to working groups’ efforts, findings, in depth discussions and prioritization of priority needs – the CDC conference conducted this time in Loya Jirga Hall, was completely different from the ones previously launched by the MRRD/NSP. The motive behind the difference was that the CDC representatives have precisely elucidated the overviews undergone while proceeding with project works. On the first day of the conference, the participants mainly elaborated on public unity, optimism in interpersonal perspective, cooperation with the government and sustainability of CDCs’ activities under the MRR/NSP”, said Eng. Nasir Ahmad Durrani the MRRD Minister.
The Third National Consultation Conference of Afghanistan’s Community Development Councils
In Mizan 1389 (October 2010), the MRRD/NSP successfully sponsored the Third Community Development Councils National Consultation Conference: Sustaining CDCs and their Grassroots Role in Local Governance and Rural Development (CDC-NCC-III) at which Community Development Council (CDC) member-leaders were able to represent the nation’s 23,000 Community Development Councils and the villages they serve...2010 CDC - NCC III Report