Construction of three development projects starts in Bangi with German support
Three new development projects, including a new school in Jaloer, road rehabilitation in the villages of Merha and Afghan Qishlaq and a flood protection wall in the village of Shingrab, are implemented at a total cost of 6.3AFN with financial collaboration from German Government.
Addressing the cornerstone ceremony for three new development projects in Bangi district, Eng. Raz Mohammad Faiz, Director of Takhar Department of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (DRRD), thanked the German Government for its commitment to development on behalf of the local population.
“Around 10,000 people in Bangi will benefit from the impact of these three projects, which will provide adequate education facilities and new road infrastructure to support both the economic and cultural development of the district. The new flood wall will protect against flooding. Currently, students at of Jaloer school have to study under tents in the open. With the construction of the school, our students will receive new classrooms and can improve their education.”
He also emphasized that the projects will adhere to modern quality standards and will be built with the participation of the community.
At the cornerstone ceremony for the construction and rehabilitation projects, Faiz was joined by Mohammad Hosain, District Governor of Bangi District. More than 150 members of the Provincial Development Committee, the Provincial Council, the District Development Committee (DDC) and District Development Assembly (DDA) and Community Development Councils (CDC) were also present, as were elders, religious leaders, villagers and representatives of Afghan-German Cooperation.
The new school in Jaloer village will have eight classrooms for 260 students, 100 female and 160 male students. Currently these students have no adequate buildings. The new buildings will allow for more students in the school and decrease illiteracy in the surrounding villages. One kilometer of road will be rehabilitated in the villages of Merha and Afghan Qishlaq to provide better transport facilities and help boost the local economy as it will make reaching the next marketplace easier. The 130 metres of new flood protection wall will keep 200 families in Shingrabi village safe from regular flooding in the spring.
These projects were developed and initiated by the respective Community Development Councils (CDC) and DRRD in Takhar. The District Development Committee (DDC) in Bangi prioritized these three projects and the Provincial Development Committee (PDC) endorsed them for implementation. Working based on a community-based bottom-up approach, this form of decision-making is new and was combined to form a “PDF Bridge” pilot project. The CDC provided a contribution from the community and started the implementation in cooperation with the DRRD. Financial support to the sum of AFN 6.3 million came from the BMZ, with technical support from the Regional Capacity Development Fund (RCDF).
As part of the Afghan-German Cooperation programme, the RCDF is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The RCDF provides supports for its Afghan partners’ development priorities both on a provincial and a district level in six of Afghanistan’s Northern provinces. At the same time, the RCDF provides training and coaching programmes for civil servants. With its broad range of activities, the RCDF aims to increase Afghan ownership of the development process, strengthen Afghan state institutions on the sub-national level and promote transparency and inclusiveness.
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