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19.12.2019 | Press release
Today, a five-day workshop in Balkh on human rights and gender awareness ends. Thirty-six lecturers from Teacher Training Centres (TTCs) in Balkh, Samangan and Takhar provinces attended the workshop, including women. This was the last in a series of three workshops that have taken place over the course of four months. The workshops raised awareness amongst lecturers about human rights and gender equality so they can disseminate these values to their students. About 3,000 student teachers will benefit as a result of this training. The Teacher Education Directorate (TED) conducted the activity with support from the Afghan-German Cooperation’s Basic Education Programme for Afghanistan (BEPA).
19.12.2019 | Press release
Yesterday, a workshop on encouraging private investment in the energy sector took place in Kabul. Around 160 participants, including women, discussed challenges and opportunities in attracting private financing and long-term investment for renewable energy. Participants consisted of representatives from the Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) and other ministries as well as representatives from the Afghanistan Renewable Energy Union (AREU), the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce (ACCI), and private sector stakeholders. The Afghan-German Cooperation’s Energy Sector Improvement Programme (ESIP) supported the event.
18.12.2019 | Press release
Over the last two days, around 100 people, including women, participated in the first of three conferences on the newly amended criminal code, or penal code. Around 40 judges, 20 prosecutors and 20 staff from the Criminal Investigation Departments (CIDs) of Takhar, Badakhshan and Kunduz as well as defence lawyers and legal aids from the Department of Justice participated. The main purpose of these conferences is to clarify and standardise procedures of case processing across the country when it comes to penal code amendments. This will provide common understanding and clarity for enforcement across provinces, increasing legal certainty for citizens. The Supreme Court is organising the conferences with the support of the Afghan-German Cooperation’s Promotion of the Rule of Law programme.
16.12.2019 | Press release
On Saturday, 79 senior students, including 33 women, graduated from a four-month legal clinic programme. Badakhshan University’s Law and Sharia Faculties conducted the programme in close coordination. The Deputy Governor of Badakhshan, heads of justice institutions, and state partners, including the Department of Women’s Affairs (DoWA), attended the event. The Afghan-German Cooperation’s Rule of Law project has been supporting the legal clinic programme at Badakhshan University since 2015. Through the legal clinics, students familiarise themselves with the duties and responsibilities of a career in legal and judicial institutions. The skills they learn will prepare them for their work as judges, prosecutors and lawyers.
03.12.2019 | Press release
On Saturday, the Afghan-German Cooperation and the Provincial Director of the Department of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (DRRD) signed a contract for constructing a 1.5-kilometre flood protection wall along Balkh River in Sholgara District. A number of provincial officials attended the event that took place at the Governor’s Office in Mazar-e Sharif. More than 24,000 people living in five villages will benefit directly from this new flood protection wall. The Afghan-German Cooperation’s Regional Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) finances the project at a total cost of about AFN 118 million.
29.11.2019 | Press release
On Wednesday, a pool of experts from key institutions in the renewable energy sector shared their knowledge at a workshop with the Afghanistan Renewable Energy Union (AREU) at the Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW). Sixty people, men and women, participated in discussions on how to promote renewable energy in the private sector. Experts helped disseminate updated information to AREU members as well as develop the capacity of its member organisations. In attendance were representatives from MEW, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD). The Afghan-German Cooperation’s Energy Sector Improvement Programme (ESIP) supported the workshop.
13.11.2019 | Press release
Yesterday in Mazar-e Sharif, the Governor and Deputy Governor of Balkh, the Director of the Department of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (DRRD) of Balkh Province, and other provincial government officials along with people elders and representatives inaugurated two reconstructed roads. The newly improved roads benefit more than 100,000 residents in the area, providing them with safer and easier access to the city and surrounding areas. The Afghan-German Cooperation’s Regional Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) supported the DRRD with the implementation of the two projects and funded the reconstruction with a total cost of approximately AFN 188 million.
12.11.2019 | Press release
Yesterday in Badakhshan, provincial officials, representatives from the Ministry of Transport as well as the Road Operation and Maintenance Department (ROMD) inaugurated the completion of operations and maintenance work along the 103-kilometre Feyzabad - Kishim main road. About 1.2 million people directly benefit from these reparations. The ceremony took place at the site in Kuzur-e Furghambol, Argo District. The ROMD (formerly Public Works Department) and the Afghan-German Cooperation’s Regional Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) coordinated all construction and repair work at a total cost of about AFN 97 million.
11.11.2019 | Press release
Yesterday, the governor of Badakhshan, together with the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Transport, the Director of Roads Operation and Maintenance Department (ROMD) and provincial officials marked the first day of the construction of a ten-kilometre road in Feyzabad. The road will connect Feyzabad City to Lai Aba villages and neighbouring districts. The project is part of the rehabilitation of a 74-kilometre road. Its aim is to connect Feyzabad City and the Yawan District with an ‘all-weather road’ that will benefit about 600,000 citizens. The Afghan-German Cooperation’s Regional Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) is supporting the construction with a total amount of around AFN 206 million.
07.11.2019 | Press release
Today, the last of a four-day self-assessment and planning workshop for Afghanistan’s re-validation into the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Standard took place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Amongst the participants were five parliamentarians from the Natural Resources and Environment Commission (NRC) and representatives of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP), including the Deputy Minister Wali Ullah Zadran. In attendance were also representatives from the Afghanistan Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (AEITI), the Ministry of Finance (MoF), the Revenue Development Foundation (RDF), the World Bank, USAID, civil society, the private sector as well as two representatives from the EITI Secretariat Oslo. The Afghan-German Cooperation facilitated the workshop.