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Afghan Government focuses on developing civil service capacity with assistance from UNDP

Kabul, 20 August 2011 – Afghanistan’s government has prioritized training for civil servants as a means to develop much needed capacity.

The Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC), in collaboration with UNDP, is implementing the National Institution Building Project (NIBP) to address this critical need for professional civil servants.

Through NIBP, capacity development advisors work in various ministries and government agencies at the central and sub-national levels, both coaching and mentoring for skill development. NIBP is also promoting twinning arrangements or partnerships between Afghan government institutions and their corresponding entities in other countries. Promotion of south-south cooperation in particular has been significant.

Through such arrangements, 80 civil servants have so far been trained in Korea this year in such areas as gender, statistics, labour relations, and local administration. Exposure visits to India have also been organized for Afghan delegations in the spheres of Agriculture, Information & Culture, Statistics and Civil Aviation.Similar training and mentoring activities have also taken place inside Afghanistan, and aone that was recently completed activity involved a one year internship programme for 50 people in the southern province of Uruzgan. NIBP has also expanded its operations to western and northern regions of Afghanistan.Supported by funding from Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, India, Italy and Switzerland, NIBP has supported capacity development in the following ministries and agencies: 

Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation (MoTCA); 

Deputy Ministry of Youth Affairs (DMoYA); 

Central Statistics Office (CSO); 

Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (Labour); 

Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL);

Ministry of Information and Culture (Information).Capacity Assessments have been conducted for these partner ministries / agencies and Capacity Development Plans have been prepared. These Plans lay the foundation and guide the capacity development activities of the respective ministries / agencies.For further information contact:Strategic Communication Unit

General Directorate of Programs’ Design and Management, IARCSC  
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