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

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DSC_2225Today, 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 the participants improve their skills in assessing the progress, results, successes and impact of provincial and district infrastructure and capacity development measures. The training was funded by the German Government.

The civil servants participating in the courses represented a wide range of departments, including the Provincial Governor’s Office (PGO), the Department of the Economy, the Department of Womens’ Affairs (DoWA), the Department of Public Works (DoPW), the Department of Finance, the Department of Counter Narcotics (DoCN), the National Environment and Protection Agency (NEPA) and the Municipality of Faizabad.

The workshop was held at the Department of the Economy. The courses covered assessing progress for various development projects, ranging from capacity building to health, literacy, construction and irrigation. These projects in the provinces and districts are either financed by the Afghan Government or international donors, including the German Government.

Participants gained valuable insights into various tools and instruments used for M&E, including concept drafts, frameworks, log frames and the principles of M&E. Using these tools, they can regularly help provide the Provincial Development Committee (PDC) in Badakhshan with better information on the progress and quality of projects.

Mr. Abul Ghafor Ferogh, Head of Economy Department in Badakhshan, expressed his thanks on behalf of Badakhshan Development Committee (PDC) for supporting the local government in the province and said these training courses were important for keeping important and fundamental projects on track. He asked all participants to apply the M&E knowledge and skills they learnt during the training to their daily work.

The training was proposed and organized by the Department of Economy in close cooperation with the Badakhshan Provincial Development Committee (PDC). It received technical support from the Regional Capacity Development Fund (RCDF) and was financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

As part of the Afghan-German Cooperation strategy, 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 programs 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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