Purchasing furniture improved the relationship between the community and the local government
11 DECEMBER 2011 | BALKH, AFGHANISTAN
Members of Dehdadi District Development Assembly in Balkh Province now have a proper venue for regular meetings between community members and government representatives.
Limited government reach and interaction with communities is among the drivers of instability in most unstable areas of Afghanistan. Bordering the insecure Chemtal and Charbolak districts in Balkh Province, the local government in Dehdadi District has had limited interaction with the community, leaving it susceptible to insurgent influence.
Although the National Solidarity Program had constructed a public meeting hall and office for the Dehdadi District Development Assembly, furniture was not provided for the hall due to funding limitations. Without furniture, assembly members could not conduct meetings with the community or Afghan government officials. This created a gap in the relationship between the community and the local government.
To answer a community grievance, USAID assisted the local government and the community in procuring office furniture and equipment for the Dehdadi District Development Assembly.
Sayed Mustafa, the head of the Dehdadi District Development Assembly, stated, “Now we have regular meetings with community members and local government representatives where we discuss security challenges and other grievances.”
This has improved the relationship between communities and their local government. USAID continues to work to improve stability through the creation and improvement of local community linkages to local government structures through the funding of small grants projects, which answer community grievances.
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