Improving office equipment for effective public services in Baghlan’s provincial departments
Today marked the official completion of a project to equip the offices of the Department of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (DRRD), the Department of Woman Affairs (DoWA) and the Department of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (DoAIL) with state-of-the-art technology, facilities and furnishing. With the new office equipment, in total AFN 5 million for all three departments, civil servants now have the right tools at their disposal for improving services for citizens – due to greater quality and accuracy of data and communications. The handover ceremony for the project was hosted by Mr. Sultan Mohammad Ibadi (Governor of Baghlan Province). Joining him were Mr. Abdul Rab Hakimi (Director of the DRRD), Mr. Abdul Satar (Deputy of the DoAIL), Mrs. Kadija Yaqeen (Director of the DoWA) together with members of the Baghlan Provincial Government and Afghan-German Cooperation representatives.
The office equipment project helps the DRRD, DoAIL and DoWA improve their ability to deliver quality services to the public in Baghlan. The aim of the project is to help improve the information systems, reporting facilities, coordination and communication, transparency and accuracy in the various departments. Another benefit of the project is that it will make civil servants’ work easier when responding to citizens’ requests and needs. By providing a more effective work environment, they can route activities properly and in a skilled, professional manner to the public. The equipment the departments received included state-of-the-art IT, electronic devices, furniture (e.g. air conditioners, refrigerator, desktop and laptop computers, printers, projectors, cameras, agriculture books, carpets, chairs and rugs, auto level machines with all the relevant accessories and total station machine).
The project was initiated by the Bahglan Provincial Development Committee (PDC), which identified needs for effective work in the DoWA, DRRD and DoAIL in October 2012. The total of AFN 5 million in funding came from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The Regional Capacity Development Fund (RCDF) Baghlan provided technical and administrative support for the project.
As part of the German Cooperation with Afghanistan, the RCDF is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The RCDF is supporting the development priorities of the Afghan partners at provincial and district levels in six northern provinces of Afghanistan while at the same time providing training and coaching programs for civil servants. With its broad range of activities, the RCDF aims to increase Afghan ownership in development process, strengthen Afghan state institutions on sub-national level and promote transparency and inclusiveness.