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					                                        Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
                                            ‫دولت اسالمى جمهورى افغانستان‬
                           Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development
                                        ‫وزارت احياء و انکشاف دهات‬
                                         National Solidarity Program
                                               ‫برنامۀ همبستگى ملى‬

                                    Community-Level Governance
                                Explored at National Public Consultation

KABUL, 18 November, 2007 – A national public consultation, took place in Kabul from November 10 to
15, 2007 in the Loya Jirga tent to discussion and debate about the current and future role of Community
Development Councils (CDCs) in Afghanistan.

Co-sponsored by the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) and the Independent
Directorate for Local Administration/Governance (IDLG), the jirga was an opportunity for CDC delegates,
government ministry representatives, NGOs, and members of international community to observe and
exchanges views and experiences about the role of CDCs, which been established in 345 of a total of 398
districts and provincial centres, throughout all 34 provinces of the country.

“The jirga allowed CDC delegates, non-governmental organizations and international donors, to discuss the
success and challenges experienced by CDCs in workshops and general discussions,” said H.E. Mohammad
Ehsan Zia, Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development.

 “The jirga was also an opportunity to demonstrate to the international community the extent to which the
government of Afghanistan is consulting with and involving the Afghan public in decisions regarding
priority    issues     impacting     their   future      and      the     future   of    our     nation.”

Jirga participants drafted nine resolutions designed to improve the working relationship between the
government and CDCs across Afghanistan. The resolutions also addressed issues related to how CDCs
should operate in the nation’s villages.

Approximately 500 CDC male and female representatives from all 34 provinces attended the Jirga also
representatives from all levels of government and national and international NGOs, and participants from
other interested groups.

As of 30 September 2007, NSP covers in 345 of 398 districts across all 34 provinces. As of 30 September
2007, 18,303 CDCs have been established in 19,106 villages through a democratic election process. Both
men and women have participated in the CDC election in every village. Approximately 17,917 CDCs have
formulated community development plans, which include the construction of local bridges, wells, schools,
and roads. CDCs promote unity, solidarity and good governance by ensuring the active and responsible
participation of villagers in their own future.

The National Solidarity Program (NSP) was created by the Government of Afghanistan to develop the
ability of Afghan communities to identify, plan, manage and monitor their own development projects. NSP
empowers communities to make decisions and manage resources during all stages of the project cycle. The
program lays the foundation for a sustainable form of inclusive local governance, rural reconstruction, and
poverty alleviation.
For more information, please contact:
Ahmad Jamshed Ahmadi
Head, Public Communication Department (PCD)
National Solidarity Programme
Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD)
Mobile:+93(0) 799 572 144

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