Last week, Baghlan’s District and Provincial Governor Offices (DGOs and PGO), presented their development plans for the province’s various districts and Baghlan province as a whole.
According to Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) this allowed Baghlan’s residents to get an idea of the development projects government is planning.
Also, residents were able to get an idea of how these development projects might positively affect their lives.
Afghan-German cooperation provided financial support for the event, in a greater effort to encourage exchange between the government in Afghanistan and its public.
On Tuesday, Baghlan’s provincial and district governments explained to around 80 participants what projects exactly they wanted to realize in Baghlan, in the next years.
In a statement issued by GIZ, they said they also presented projects that had already successfully been completed such as the building of Sholokto girls school in Dahna-e-Ghori district, the paving of a road in Fering district, the extension of water supply as well as the construction of a mosque in Pul-e Khumri.
In addition, government officials explained the importance of such a development plan at district and provincial levels.
Furthermore, the government pointed out which measures were still out-standing in order to fulfill its development plans, read the statement.
The presentation on the development plans was preceded by a public hearing, which underlined the need for continuous interaction between the public and its government. Issues important to the community such as transparency, corruption and public administration were also discussed.
Shokria Asel, Yaqeen, director of Information and Culture in Baghlan, said: “Such public hearing events demonstrate that we recognize the people as important partners in our work. It decreases the distance between Baghlan’s population and the government. Sustainable development can only be achieved when the people are involved in our activities.”
Both events were hosted by Baghlan’s Department of Information and Culture (DoIC) and Department of Economy (DoEc) to encourage a dialogue between the public and the government. The German program for rural capacity development (RCD) provided technical and financial support for the two events as well as for drafting the development plans.
As part of Germany’s cooperation with Afghanistan, the Regional Capacity Development (RCD) program is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by GIZ.
In six provinces in northern Afghanistan, RCD supports its partners’ development priorities in the provinces and districts, while at the same time providing training and coaching programs for civil servants. With its broad range of activities, the program aims at increasing Afghan ownership of the development process, strengthening state institutions and promoting transparency and inclusiveness.