Launching new reconstruction projects in northern Afghanistan
On the road to the development shura in Chahar Darrah
In Chahar Darrah, a district of unrest in Kunduz Province, Governor Zulmai Farooqi and the deputy civilian head of the Kunduz Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), Moritz Jahnke, convened a development shura at the end of May 2012, thus giving the go-ahead for a number of measures designed to stabilize the region. Specifically, these are small projects for the construction of roads, wells or bridges that can be quickly realized and are intended to directly benefit the population, which has been suffering from the continuing unrest in the district.
For a long time, Chahar Darrah was ruled by forces hostile to the Afghan Government. However, in the past two years the Afghan army has managed to drive the insurgents out of the district in joint operations with the Bundeswehr, thus restoring a certain level of security. At the end of the four-hour shura, local decision-makers and dignitaries agreed on implementing a range of reconstruction projects. They are intended to be a visible peace dividend for the local population and have a stabilizing effect on their whole environment.
Signing the agreement
In the past few years the Federal Foreign Office has successfully carried out several such stabilization measures in northern Afghanistan, particularly in Kunduz Province. A new aspect of the recently launched projects is that local decision-makers have assumed greater ownership in identifying and implementing them. As envisaged in the transition process, the Afghan side is thus being encouraged to increase its level of responsibility for stabilizing and developing the country.
Last updated 06.06.2012