A community meeting underway at one of the newly refurbished municipal training centers
USAID's RAMP UP - West
Four municipal training centers in western Afghanistan are bringing local government closer to the people
23 JULY 2013 | HERAT, AFGHANISTAN
Chaghcharan, Farah, Herat and Qala-e-Naw municipalities in western Afghanistan are changing – and they’re changing for the better. They’re training their staff and modernizing their systems in an attempt to improve responsiveness to the people’s needs with support from USAID’s Regional Afghan Municipalities Program for Urban Populations West.
Each municipality began by identifying a building that could be used as a training center and double as a venue for community meetings. USAID renovated and equipped each center, which can accommodate at least 20 trainees at a time and many more people a community meeting is being held.
Herat’s deputy mayor said the centers make a crucial difference. The municipality can now teach officials “the knowledge and skills they need to run modern systems that will integrate municipal government across the country,” he said.
Farah’s mayor added that it was “a very positive step towards municipal capacity building.”