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19.07.2019 | Press release
Yesterday, the first of three meetings for reviewing Afghanistan’s net metering concept was held in Dubai. Net metering allows utility customers who generate their own electricity to export excess energy to the grid in return for credit. The eleven attendees, men and women included, comprised of government officials and stakeholders from the private and public sector. The group discussed existing net metering regulations as well as suggestions for improvement, clarity, and acceptance. The Afghan-German Cooperation’s Energy Sector Improvement Programme (ESIP) supported the event.
04.07.2019 | Press release
Yesterday was the last of a three-day Training of Trainers (ToT) refresher workshop on the training methodology of human rights and gender in Kabul. About 100 lecturers of Afghanistan’s 48 Teacher Training Centres (TTCs), including 12 women, participated and deepened their knowledge on human rights and gender. These lecturers are now well equipped and able to pass this knowledge on to their student teachers. The Teacher Education Directorate (TED) implemented the event with the support of the Afghan-German Cooperation.
03.07.2019 | Press release
Yesterday marked the end of a six-day workshop in Dushanbe, Tajikistan for the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation (MoRR). Twelve ministry representatives, including two women, developed measures to improve and make work processes more efficient within the MoRR’s Deputy Ministry of Finance and Administration. The Afghan-German Cooperation’s Open Policy Advisory Fund (OPAF) supports MoRR and its deputy ministries with various capacity development activities in implementing its strategic plan 2015 – 2019. Main objectives are to improve the provision of services for Afghan citizens and inter-ministerial coordination of topics relevant to migration.
03.07.2019 | Press release
Today, employees of the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DoMP) completed a three-day workshop in Feyzabad, Badakhshan on the role of gender in the mining sector. Seventeen DoMP staff, including three women, as well as two female representatives of the Ministry of Women Affairs participated in the event, which was organised by the Afghan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum’s (MoMP) Gender Unit. The Afghan-German Cooperation’s programme Promoting Good Governance in the Extractive Sector in Afghanistan (MinGov) supported the event financially.
12.06.2019 | Press release
For two days, 88 representatives of the Technical Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVET-A) met in Herat for a special conference. Participants from 13 provincial TVET offices and 23 technical schools discussed solutions for current challenges of Ostad-e-Shagerdi schools. Attendees agreed on the renovation of 18 technical schools and institutes in 13 provinces, including Kabul, Balkh, Herat and Nangarhar. The Afghan-German Cooperation supports this measure financially with a total amount of about AFN 280 million.
22.05.2019 | Press release
Yesterday, the Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) and the Afghan-German Cooperation’s Energy Sector Improvement Programme (ESIP) signed a cooperation and implementation agreement in Kabul. The agreement aims at facilitating the implementation of the Afghan government’s renewable energy policy. The Afghan-German Cooperation will invest about AFN 264 million until end of 2019.
16.05.2019 | Press release
This week, the Ministry of Economy’s (MoEc) Deputy Minister for Policy and Technical Affairs, Mr Mohammad Ismail Rahimi, introduced the Provincial Monitoring and Reporting System database (PMRS) to government officials from Badakhshan, Takhar and Kunduz Provinces. They learned how to use the database that tracks national development projects in Afghanistan and monitors their progress. This shall facilitate project implementation while increasing transparency and accountability at the same time. PMRS has now been introduced to all 34 Afghan provinces. The Afghan-German Cooperation supported the database’s development.
14.05.2019 | Press release
Yesterday, a contract was signed for reconstructing a ten kilometres long road in Feyzabad District, Badakhshan that connects the villages Dashti Qurogh and Lai Aba. Representatives of the provincial government and Public Works Department (PWD) were present. The project is part of the rehabilitation of a 74 kilometres long road from Feyzabad City to Yawan District that will benefit approximately 600,000 citizens. The Afghan-German Cooperation funds the project at a total cost of about AFN 206 million and supports PWD with its implementation.
05.05.2019 | Press release
Yesterday, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) secretariat Afghanistan and the Afghan-German Cooperation conducted a workshop. 50 representatives from the government, private sector and civil society participated. The event aimed at re-establishing proper cooperation and ensure data exchange between relevant stakeholders in the mining sector. Efforts shall produce reconciled data on mining in Afghanistan, a requirement for the country’s expected EITI validation attempt in June 2019.
03.05.2019 | Press release
Yesterday, Huquq Officers, Gender Focal Points (GFPs) and governors from ten districts of Badakhshan Province met in Feyzabad. 40 people, including ten women, attended the annual Huquq Coordination Meeting. The activity aimed at strengthening coordination and cooperation between Huquqs and relevant stakeholders on district level, such as GFPs and the police. Badakhshan’s Department of Justice implemented the activity to improve citizens’ access to justice. The Afghan-German Cooperation supported the event.