UK funds project to improve local governance in Afghanistan

KABUL (TCA) — The British Embassy in Afghanistan, in collaboration with the Independent Directorate of Local Governance and the Aga Khan Foundation, has launched a $6.7 million project ACCESS aimed at improving the delivery of services to Afghan citizens, TOLOnews reports.

The project will be implemented in at least six provinces of the country within the framework of “Citizens’ Charter” program.

The project will cover areas such as training, health, power supply, education and water supply. The initiative will help over a million Afghans in six provinces to benefit from the program.

“This programme is a sign of the importance UK gives to building good local government that communities have a say in — providing education, health and power,” said British Ambassador to Afghanistan Nicholas Kay.

According to the British envoy, the aid is not the first that the UK government has provided to Afghanistan to improve its local government, adding that in the past, UK provided technical and financial aid to decrease poverty and improve governance.

Officials from the Aga Khan Foundation have said it is firmly committed to helping Afghanistan develop capacity building programs and local governance to improve the living standards of the people.

“Strengthening local government, governance and building capacity of local government is a priority for AKDN. And it requires active participation of local, provincial and national stakeholders, while there are clear gains over the past decade,” said Noor Jahan Mawani, the ambassador of Prince Karim Aga Khan to Afghanistan.

The development objective for the Citizens’ Charter Afghanistan Project is to improve the delivery of core infrastructure and social services to participating communities through strengthened Community Development Councils (CDCs). These services are part of a minimum service standards package that the government is committed to delivering to the citizens of Afghanistan. The Afghan government plans to invest $650 million within the Citizens’ Charter project until 2020.

Sergey Kwan

TCA

Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
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Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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