As the report states, about two-thirds of the development objectives outlined in the strategy have been achieved. In particular, the health sector reached 88% of its target measures between 2008 and 2013. The quality of healthcare has improved, access has too and the children’s health system has become more effective. The fields of governance, education and security also achieved more than 70% of the planned improvements in their sectors. Growing at a rate of 8.5% in 2013, Afghanistan’s economic progress also exceeded the expectations predicted in the ANDS.
390 civil servants from 24 line departments and 6 district administration offices and from the municipal offices of Kunduz successfully passed 12 months of training in public administration skills run by the Independent Administrative Reform & Civil Service Commission (IARCSC). The trainees took part in courses in administrative management, human resources management, financial management, procurement, in English language and computer skills. The courses were funded by the German Government; technical support came from Afghan-German Cooperation.
Pul-e-Khumri and Nahreen district, Baghlan, 16th September 2014 – This week, the German Government earmarked AFN 40 million in funding and technical support for three infrastructure projects in the province of Baghlan. On 16th September, the Arakesh Basic Health Centre in the district of Nahreen was inaugurated by Baghlan’s Department of Public Health (DoPH). In Pul-e-Khumri, two new construction projects will start.
Children are highly at risk in Afghan society. A common sight on many streets especially in Afghanistan’s cities is to see children working or begging. Often, their parents are physically disabled, poor and destitute. Many children have also lost families to conflict in Afghanistan, while others suffer from domestic violence. Communities are often unaware of children’s rights or do not have the financial means to find solutions and protect children from harm and risk.
Besides introducing the peace education syllabus for TTC students, 1,750 copies of the Peace Education Resource Book were distributed in five of Afghanistan's Northern provinces: Balkh, Takhar, Badakhshan, Kunduz and Sar-i-Pul. Following the pilot phase in five TTCs, TED will roll out the curriculum across Afghanistan with the help of Germany's Basic Education Programme for Afghanistan (BEPA).
10 engineers and 13 technical staff from various line departments in Kunduz province successfully completed a training course in road and drainage maintenance. The aim of the training was to enable line departments to plan and manage repairs and maintenance of road infrastructure for the benefit of the population. Staff members of the Department of Public Works (DoPW), the Department of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (DRRD) and Kunduz Municipality took part in the training.
After 14 month of construction, Afghan and German government representatives officially inaugurated newly built and equipped facilities for the Faculty of Public Policy and Administration of the Balkh University. The construction as well as equipment for the facilities cost AFN 224 million and were fully funded by the German Government. The inauguration ceremony was attended by the Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Prof. Osman Babury, the Special Representative of the Federal German Government for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ambassador Dr.
The Department of Women Affairs in Takhar province (DoWA) and the Office of the Provincial Governor celebrated the cornerstone ceremony for construction of a new women training centre in Taloqan. The women training centre will put the DoWA and its stakeholders in a better position to promote gender equality, deal with women’s affairs as a cross-cutting topic throughout various development issues in Takhar and provide women leaders with the capacity development measures they need.
The new hospital in Rustaq has 26 rooms and can admit up to 52 male and female patients at a time. Constructed at a cost of USD 643,568 in 24 months, the government-run hospital is the first of its kind in the province to offer quality health treatment to potentially 220,000 citizens. The facilities can admit up to 52 male and female patients at a time and are suited for complex illnesses and, above all, for issues of mother and child mortality.
Hosting the groundbreaking ceremony for the two construction projects, Dr. Shah Wali Allah Adib, Governor of Badakhshan Governor, said, “These important projects will enable local government to address the needs of the citizens in terms of environmental protection and city planning.” He added, “Protecting the environment and putting urban regulation into practice are not only the responsibility of local government. Everybody must make an effort to come together and create a better society for future generations.”