30 Afghan civil servants learn budgeting methods for projects in provinces
Thirty planning and finance officers from various line departments and other institutions in Takhar province successfully completed their training in provincial budgeting processes.
During the training they learned how to plan and manage development projects, write proposals for funding from partners, procurement methods for acquiring services and how to manage public finances sustainably.
The classes were held for planning and finance officers from four provincial institutions, the Provincial Governor’s Office, the Department of Women Affairs, the Department of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock and the Department of Education.
The goal of the training was to teach them to draft proper project proposals for the national budget cycle. The civil servants attended both classroom lessons and hands-on coaching sessions.
Following the training program, the participants are now in a better position to apply for, request and obtain budgets from the central government for projects. Through proper planning of expenses and submitting provincial budget plans in line with Ministry of Finance guidelines and procedures and those of line ministries, they can contribute to fulfilling the population’s needs through efficient services.
The training was requested and organized by the Provincial Governor’s Office in close coordination with the Afghan Ministry of Finance. At a total cost of around AFN 2.3 million, funding for the classes came from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) with technical support from the German government’s program for regional capacity development (RCD).
As part of Afghan-German Cooperation, the RCD program is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The program provides support for its Afghan partners’ development priorities both on a provincial and a district level in six of Afghanistan’s northern provinces. The RCD program also provides training and coaching programs for civil servants. With its broad range of activities, RCD aims to increase Afghan ownership of the development process, strengthen Afghan state institutions in the provinces and promote transparency and inclusiveness.
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