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Urban governance problems in Afghanistan call for immediate action

Rapid urbanization in Afghanistan has created grave challenges for Afghans, such as lack of access to safe drinking water, waste management resources and social services like healthcare, education and community spaces. In order to create a better understanding of recent

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New vocational training institute to open in Taloqan

The construction work for a new vocational training institute was officially inaugurated in the outskirts of Takhar’s provincial capital Taloqan on Tuesday. The new “Technical, Mechanical & Accounting, and Commerce Institute” (TMAC) will be home to about 620 students. All

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Status update on development plans for Baghlan’s public

Baghlan’s District and Provincial Governor Offices (DGOs and PGO) presented their development plans for the province’s various districts over the past week. This allowed Baghlan’s inhabitants to get an idea of the development projects that the government is currently planning

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Public library and two dormitories improve learning conditions in Baghlan

A public library and two university dormitories for men and women have been opened in Baghlan to help improve education in the province. Funded by the Germany government, the new facilities worth 70mn AFN offer students from rural areas the

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Eight disaster prevention projects started in Badakhshan

Eight disaster prevention projects have been launched in remote districts of Shahri Buzurg, Shukai, Kofab and Khowhan of Badakhshan at a total cost of 16mn AFN. The projects include protection walls, irrigation canals and forestation measure which will help protect

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Local government and civil society agree to work together more closely

This week, Balkh province’s provincial councils (PCs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) from five provinces met in Mazar-e Sharif to discuss a range of topics raised by civil society as important. These included fighting drugs and corruption, strengthening transparency and

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New operations & maintenance manual for Afghanistan’s infrastructure projects

Last week, heads of all provincial and regional offices of the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC) met at the Civil Service Institute in Kabul to present Afghanistan’s first manual for operations & maintenance of small- to medium-sized

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New facilities open at Kunduz Regional Hospital with funding from Germany

Deputy Minister of Public Health, Dr Abdul Basir Sarwar, and Mr. Andreas Glossner, Political Counselor at the German Embassy in Kabul, officially opened the newly refurbished and extended Regional Hospital in Kunduz, funded by the German government through KfW Development

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Afghanistan’s first grid-tied solar power opened in Kabul

Mr. Ghulam Faruq Qazizada, acting minister for Energy and Water, officially opened Afghanistan’s first project for grid-tied solar power in Kabul on Wednesday. The pilot project is the first of its kind to test the ability to feed solar power

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14 Afghan students complete training on mining in Germany

As part of a series of training measures run by Germany’s program for academic mining education in Afghanistan (AMEA), 14 highly qualified Bachelor candidates returned from a two-month study program at the Bergakademie technical university at Freiberg in Germany. They

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Engineers in northern Afghanistan improve circuit designs for large-scale power projects

Since the beginning of March, more than 125 electrical engineers from various line departments in the provinces Badakhshan, Baghlan, Balkh, Kunduz, Samangan and Takhar successfully took part in “Single Line Diagram Drawing” training workshops. The aim of the workshops was

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Female entrepreneurs develop business skills with German support

25 female entrepreneurs concluded a four-day workshop on business planning in Faizabad, the capital of Badakhshan province. The training was conducted by the provincial Department of Women’s Affairs (DoWA) and financed by the Regional Capacity Development project (RCD) that is

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Peace education curriculum for teacher training introduced all around Afghanistan with German support

A new peace education curriculum has been introduced all around Afghanistan at Teacher Training Colleges (TTCs). With support from the German government, Afghanistan’s Teacher Education Directorate (TED) is currently rolling out the curriculum, and over the past five days, over

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Afghan lawyers’ association opens new offices in Kunduz with German, Dutch support

The Afghanistan Independent Bar Association (AIBA) opened its new offices in Kunduz city on Thursday. The total costs for buying and renovating the new offices with German and Dutch support added up to more than AFN 17 million. The lawyers’

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Engineers in northern Afghanistan improve capabilities for civil construction projects

Over the past ten days, more than 125 engineers from various line departments in the provinces Badakhshan, Baghlan, Balkh, Kunduz and Takhar successfully took part in “Measuring & Scaling” training workshops. The aim of the five four-day workshops was to

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5 provinces receive new science class packages worth over AFN 5 million from Germany

The Afghan Ministry of Education’s Provincial Education Directorates (PEDs) of Balkh, Badakhshan, Takhar, Kunduz and Sar-e-Pul received new equipment for science lessons at schools. The total value of the packages adds up to over AFN 5 million, funded by the

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Takhar’s new Bangi river suspension bridge connects 15,000 people with district centre

A new suspension bridge was inaugurated in Bangi district in the province of Takhar on Monday. The new bridge spans 150 metres in length, is 3.5 metres wide and connects a population of 15,000 from more than ten villages with

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Thousands of Afghans to receive vocational trainings

The Afghan Ministry of Education plans to launch vocational training program for Afghan youths with financial collaboration from Germany, US government and Australia. An agreement to that effect was signed on Sunday in Kabul. This comes as Afghan youths are

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Germany is funding new Women Training Centre in Taloqan

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 on Sunday in Taloqan. The women training centre will put the DoWA

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Faculty of Public Policy and Administration of Balkh University inaugurated with German support

Afghan and German government representatives officially inaugurated newly built and equipped facilities for the Faculty of Public Policy and Administration of the Balkh University on Thursday. The construction as well as equipment for the facilities cost AFN 224 million and

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Project engineers and technical staff receive road maintenance training in Kunduz

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

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Germany helps train thirty civil servants in monitoring & evaluation in Badakhshahn

Today, thirty monitoring & evaluation officers from various line departments in Badakhshan province successfully completed four days of training in monitoring & evaluation (M&E) of development projects in the capital, Faizabad. The main objective of the training was to help

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Germany helps 390 Afghan civil servants improve their skills in public administration

Today, 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

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Final report of Afghanistan National Development Strategy published with key support from Germany

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

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Kunduz department of community policing gets new office and library facilities from Germany and the Netherlands

Afghan and German government representatives officially inaugurated newly equipped facilities in the Police Headquarters (PHQ) Kunduz and the Community Policing, or Police-e-Mardumi Department in Kunduz City on Thursday. The facilities and equipment are a large conference room for use in

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