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(Afghanistan Institute for Rural Development)

Sunday
09/Jan/2011

Memorandum of Understanding between Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on Strengthening Community-led Rural Development Support System in Afghanistan

Memorandum of Understanding in order to develop further technical cooperation of Japan was signed between H.E Jarullah Mansoori Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development and representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) today in the conference hall of the Ministry.
According to this agreement, the project of Strengthening Community-led Rural Development Support System that aims to improve quantity and quality of community-led development and to strengthened MRRD’s system for supporting community-led development will continue for a period of four years in various provinces of the country.
Central activities of the project include preparation of strategy and operational guideline for community-led development, establishment of an effective system in Afghanistan Institute for Rural Development (AIRD)  for managing human resource development of MRRD staff, capacity building of AIRD staff, Community-led Development Departments (CLDD), Rural Rehabilitation and Development Departments staff, members of Community Development Councils (CDC) and other relevant individuals and institutions in the pilot phase of the project.

Honorable Jarullah Mansoori Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development said: "The Afghan government has been identified the needs of community-led development and seeks in order to promote, encourage and develop it, Japan cooperation agreement signing is considered a good step toward strengthening the system of community-led development in Afghanistan. "

The project will be implemented in all provinces of the country, but in preliminary stages, the pilot projects will be implemented in Kabul, Bamyan and Balkh provinces.

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Saturday
11/Dec/2010

The 26th Technical Committee Meeting of the Center for Integrated Rural development of Asia and Pacific (CIRDAP) was hosted by MRRD from the 11th to 14 December in Intercontinental Hotel, Kabul

CIRDAP holds several international events every year and one such event is the Technical Committee Meeting in which all the member countries and international agencies like FAO, Common Wealth etc participate and deliberate the regional issues of rural development.
The honorable Minister for MRRD was the Chief Guest while the Secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development and (cooperatives, Government of Bangladesh and Mr. Wais Barmark, deputy Minister of MRRD were special guests.  Delegates from India, Iran, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Fiji, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia and Japan, participated.
Honorable Jarullah Mansoori inaugurated the meeting and suggested that CIRDAP set up scientific researches and training programs for capacity building in Afghanistan.

This meeting was very significant and important because this was held for the first time in Afghanistan and opportunities for collaboration, cooperation and partnership for furthering the cause of rural development were discussed. Several new initiatives for research and capacity building were also explored to be jointly taken up by MRRD/AIRD along with CIRDAP.

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The second term registration for Post Graduate Diploma on Sustainable Rural Development (PGD-SRRD) of NIRD/UoH for year 2011-2012 has been starting.

Based on the formal bi-lateral agreement, AIRD (Afghanistan Institute of Rural Development) facilitates the program for Afghan students particularly MRRD staff with a special discount. All of the interested candidates are requested to submit their applications to AIRD External Relation Department.

For further information please refer to the attached advertisement and PGD-SRD Brochure. In addition, the interested applicants are requested to submit their filled Application Form to:

Dr.Farid Ahmad Rahmani
Sr. Management Support Officer
AIRD aird@mrrd.gov.af
Mobile No: 0093700600325
Email: faridahmadrahmani@gmail.com
Deadline: 15th December 2010

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AIRD, in partnership with some international academic institutes of rural development, has been pursuing and facilitating a series of International Training Courses for MRRD core staff. Two programmes have already been conducted. The first one on Research Methodology for 11 days from 18th April to 5th May was attended by 25 individuals from entire MRRD programs (NSP, NADP, WatSIP, NRAP, and AREDP) including AIRD staff in the National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Hyderabad. India. This programme was supported by the Indian Embassy in Kabul.  The second International Training Course on Planning

for Sustainable Livelihood and Poverty Reduction which was also held at NIRD in India from 12th – 21st July 2010,in which 21 officers from MRRD participated. This course focused on the concept and approaches for sustainable rural development, participatory village micro- plans for sustainable rural livelihoods, social audit and participatory M&E. In the opinion of participants the workshop was really effective and will have significant impact in the MRRD programmes. The third programme on Monitoring and Evaluation will be held in September-October2010, again at NIRD. These two programmes are being supported by Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India.

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AIRD is planning to extend the Capacity Development Program for social workers, extension officer, and LSGIs member to Badghias and Heart province. The objective of this programme is to improve self mobilization and self-reliance in the community through promoting role of LSGIs. The project is financially supported by the Spanish Government-AECID. In this connection, AIRD conducted the first training of ToT (Training of Trainees) for almost 26 social workers of Badghias and Herat provinces on 11 – 15 of July 2010 in Kabul, to improve teaching/training skill of district SWs, to professionally work and provide trainings for local shuras on

district and community level, as well as to identify training needs of SWs through TNA.

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AIRD has successfully completed second series of training courses on Peace Building, Conflict Resolution and Do-No-Harm in five target provinces (Baghlan, Takhar, Nangarhar, Jawzjan, and Samangan).Started since May 2010, almost 700 members of LSGIs and 100 Social Workers have been trained through the training. The training course mainly focused on practicing the culture of peace in their daily affairs, reducing violence from all aspects, and enabling the participants, and to support solidarity by providing assistance to community.