The Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC) implemented the internship programme for female university graduates, supported by RCD. The internship lasted six months. During the first three months, the 50 female participants received theoretical training, covering topics such as civil service law and principles of office management. The internship’s second half focused on practical work at various civil service offices in Kunduz. This provided the interns with valuable work experience and allowed them to apply their newly acquired knowledge.
In Afghanistan, marginalised groups like women, children and internally displaced people, often face problems accessing their rights. In past years, there has been significant progress changing this situation. However, people often lack the necessary knowledge and suffer from unfair treatment and corruption. During his speech, the attending German vice consular in Balkh, Mr Johannes Rumpff, emphasised, “Corruption steals opportunities and resources from the ones who are entitled to them. As long as corruption is not prosecuted and punished, it will persist.”
During the ceremony, the provincial governor, Mr Faisal Begzad, commented: “I hope that these projects make our citizens aware of the fact that their government is taking care of them. We are grateful to the German government for the outstanding cooperation and this vital project”.
The nominated Minister of Mines and Petroleum Mrs Nargis Nehan aims at cultivating gender equality in the mining industry. That includes the MoMP. The exchange shall help to get a better understanding of how to strengthen opportunities for women in mining. That consists of the administrative and governmental side as well as private companies. Mining activities sometimes also have negative impacts on women that need to be taken into account. For example, mining activities can cause people to migrate – and that can minimise female school attendance, their participation in social events etc.
“A more focused and effective collaboration between different donor organisations is vital and necessary for developing the mining sector in Afghanistan”, Fredrik Karell from the Geological Survey of Finland says.
Cooperation between the different institutions of Afghanistan, Finland, Iran and Germany brings together experts and scientists from various backgrounds. This helps to build relationships as well as exchanging knowledge in the field of geosciences to strengthen the Afghan mining sector.
“Between residential houses, there was a dangerous valley. During the rainy season, floods were seriously affecting the safety of these houses”, the head of the local Community Development Council Mr Abdul Basir emphasised. 4,000 residents will now benefit from the protection wall in Yaftal-e Payan.
When opening the inauguration ceremony, the Deputy Minister of Energy and Water Gul Mohammad Khulmi emphasised: “I want to thank the German Cooperation with Afghanistan for supporting to develop the Afghanistan Energy Information Portal (AEIP) that is offering so much relevant information and thus going to be of use to so many stakeholders.
The event also aims at connecting academics and professionals. Ten female students of Kabul University’s Faculty of Economics mentor the businesswomen to help to improve their sales.
As expressed by the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, corruption is a crucial problem in Afghanistan that needs to be addressed. It has grave effects on many levels: political, economic and societal, and hinders the countries’ further development. Unfortunately, the Afghan justice system is no exception to that. However, lawyers can play a pivotal rule in fighting corruption.
EITI is the global standard for transparency and good governance in the extractive sector. It sets standards for governing a country’s oil, gas and mineral resources. EITI implemented by governments together with companies and civil society. Countries applying the standard disclose information on tax payments, licenses, contracts, production and other key elements of natural resource extraction. Afghanistan is a candidate of the initiative since 2010 and is currently undergoing further EITI validation to achieve full compliance.