Providing reliable services is one way to bring stability to insurgency affected areas
31 JULY 2013 | LOGAR, AFGHANISTAN
When more than a hundred men and women gathered in Pul-e-Alam, provincial capital of Logar in eastern Afghanistan, it was more than just another meeting. It was a crucial attempt to bring government closer to communities in insurgency-affected areas.
Officials from federal ministries, international donors, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions and telecommunications companies discussed ways to improve responsiveness to people’s needs.
The service providers’ meeting was organized by the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) with support from USAID’s Stability in Key Areas – East program, which aims to promote good governance and service delivery in targeted districts in eastern Afghanistan.
The Pul-e-Alam meeting was an important step forward in the attempt to improve coordination among service providers, avoid duplication of effort and strengthen the private sector’s relationship with district and provincial government agencies.
Rahman Rahmani, Logar director of MRRD, said such initiatives address the very source of instability, that is, dissatisfaction with service delivery. He added that both the public and private sector have a key role to play in the provision of a decent quality of life.