Afghanistan And Germany Open Training Institute For Community Development Council
New training facilities in Kunduz city provide proper learning environment for Community Development Council (CDC) members from four north-eastern provinces in Afghanistan. With training in basic and advanced subjects, CDC members will be able to improve their skills and fully represent community interests and proposals to the government and development organizations. The construction and equipping of the institute was financed by the German Government with a sum of AFN 18.4 million.
Muhammad Zahir Reshad, Representative of Provincial Governor Office Kunduz province, Mawlavi. Reshad Reshad, Director of Pilgrimage and Manfred Mayer, BMZ Commissioner for Kunduz and Baghlan, officially opened a new training institute for the Kunduz Community Development Council (CDC). The new building provides classroom and training facilities for members of the CDC. The CDCs are made up of members of the communities and are responsible for implementing and supervising development projects. The CDC members can now take part in workshops in a proper learning environment and improve their liaison skills. The community representatives are also responsible for representing community interests and proposals in negotiations with governmental and non-governmental organizations. The syllabus on offer in the institute includes trainings and workshops in subjects like financial management, procurement, project management and urban development.
The CDC training institute in Kunduz is inside the compound that houses the Department of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (DRRD). The CDC learning centre has two floors, with eight classrooms for courses and workshops, and further facilities for trainers and administrative staff. The construction project also included purchases of new equipment for the institute, including printers, copiers, a projector, tables and chairs, air conditioners and basic office and training equipment. A new trainer position has also been announced. The first courses and workshops for District Development Assembly (DDA) and CDC members are expected to start within the next few weeks. As the institute will be able to train participants from four north-eastern Afghan provinces, the training facilities will benefit 8630 members of 638 CDCs and DDAs – with 5,400 male and 3,230 female members – as well as 500 staff members of the DRRD in Kunduz.
This decision for the construction project was made by the Provincial Development Committee (PDC) Kunduz in May 2011. The DRRD in Kunduz was responsible for implementation with support from the Regional Capacity Development Fund (RCDF) Kunduz, financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The total cost of the construction project was AFN 18.4 million, including equipment.
As part of the Afghan-German Cooperation program, the RCDF is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The RCDF provides supports for its Afghan partners’ development priorities both on a provincial and a district level in six of Afghanistan’s Northern provinces. At the same time, the RCDF provides training and coaching programs for civil servants. With its broad range of activities, the RCDF aims to increase Afghan ownership of the development process, strengthen Afghan state institutions on the sub-national level and promote transparency and inclusiveness.