The 13th of October 2014, GERES, MADERA, and Solidarités International, 3 French NGOs, organised the inauguration day of their 3-year rural development Programme in Central Highlands Region of Afghanistan.
The Central Highlands Rural Development Programme is implemented in Bamyan and Wardak Provinces and targets the general improvement of livelihoods and living conditions through support to agriculture and livestock activities, energy-saving solutions, and natural resource management. The Programme is funded by the French Agency for Development.
The Central Highlands Programme Inauguration took place in Bamyan in the presence of His Excellency the Ambassador of France in Afghanistan, H.E. the Deputy Governor of Bamyan Province, H.E. Representative of Bamyan Provincial Council, representatives of donors (AFD – French Agency for Development) and international organisations (United Nations, Aga Khan Development Network), local and international NGOs, and other development stakeholders in the areas. More than 100 participants gathered, agreeing on the importance of enhancing exchange and communication to address rural development issues together.
Through the inauguration speeches, the importance of coordination between Afghan institutions, International organisations, and Civil Society Organisations on development projects was highlighted. This coordination was also made possible by the thematic round tables organised in the afternoon, on agricultural development and energy-saving solutions. Those round tables triggered very interesting discussions that will be followed in the coming months by the involved organisations.
Besides, a large part of the event was dedicated to informal exchange, centred on the development exhibition held by several stakeholders involved in development activities, including agriculture and livestock, environment, and handicrafts.