Joint conference held between provincial council and civil society organisations
Mazar-e-Sharif, Balkh, 10th June 2015 – Today marked an important day for cooperation between the public sector and civil society organisations (CSO). Together with members of Balkh Provincial Council, civil society representatives discussed their role in elections and how to strengthen participation and ownership. This was the first round of talks of its kind in Balkh, and a second round will be held in two months.
Speaking at the beginning of the conference, Mr. Mohammad Ibrahim Khairandish, Head of Balkh Provincial Council, said "This sort of event helps us get closer to civil society for the good of our country. Today, we are united and putting our hands together for the development and improvement of Afghanistan."
The conference was attended by a wide-range of CSO representatives from the provinces of Balkh, Sar-i-Pul, Faryab, Jawzjan and Samangan. Provincial council members, local government officials, civil society activists and women activists also took part in the conference.
After the official opening and several speeches, the participants were divided into working groups. They discussed topics such as the civil society’s role in elections in general and specifically in parliamentary elections, and how they can work together with the media to increase transparency of elections. In addition, the role of women in the provincial councils and how female representatives can improve the situation of women in Afghan society was a topic of the working groups. Following the discussions, the results were presented and summarized in a document. A charter was also prepared, which gave the different participating organisations various tasks as identified. In two months’ time another conference will follow up on whether those tasks have been fulfilled.
The conference was supported by the German government’s programme for regional capacity development, which operates in six Northern provinces. RCD supports its partners’ development priorities in provinces and districts. It aims at increasing Afghan ownership of the development process, strengthening state institutions and promoting transparency and inclusiveness.
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