Governance

Afghanistan is a centralized state composed of 34 provinces and 398 districts. One of the priorities of the country’s reconstruction has been the development of strong government institutions able to administer the revenues and ensure the functioning of public affairs. Good governance promotes an enabling environment for economic development, and helps to ensure peace and security and, at the subnational level, is the foundation for long-term security, stable economic growth, social development and local democracy. Subnational governance serves to strengthen and legitimize the central government by ensuring that centrally-planned political, social and economic interventions are customized to local needs and conditions. The promotion of democratic and accountable institutions and support for the participation of citizens and other stakeholders in local governance issues therefore represents an importantchallenge for Afghanistan. Civil society has a pivotal role to play in preserving the gains that have been made and in making further progress in the country’s reconstruction by actively engaging with the Afghan people and government, the international community, and neighboring countries. A successful and sustainable approach to stabilization efforts in Afghanistan requires the inclusion of civil society and an increased public participation in the decision-making process through democracy building and policy development.

Over the past decade Italy has been strongly involved in strengthening the public administration through the Afghan national and international staff seconded to ministries and governmental agencies at the central and peripheral level. Particular support has been given to the recruitment and training of officials and coordination between provincial and district authorities.

Joint Development Cooperation Committee approves a 10 million Euros contribution to the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF)

Joint Development Cooperation Committee approves a 10 million Euros contribution to the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF)

On 19 May 2017 an Italian contribution of 10 million Euros to the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) was approved in Rome by the Joint Development Cooperation Committee. The Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) was established in 2002 to provide…