The service providers’ fair in Wardak was attended by at least 800 people
USAID's SIKA - EAST
An event that showcased public sector services brought local government closer to the community it serves
2 APRIL 2013 | WARDAK, AFGHANISTAN
It was a fair unlike any other in Wardak, eastern Afghanistan. More than 800 attended the event in the provincial capital Maidan Shahr that showcased government and private-sector services available to the community.
“It was the first time people here had the chance to talk to so many service providers,” said one resident approvingly. He added that the “face-to-face” interaction enabled the community to find out what was on offer and “how to take advantage of it.” More than 40 service providers had set up booths.
The event was organized by the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development and the Provincial Governor’s office, supported by the USAID. Similar initiatives were held in Logar, Ghazni and Pakhtya provinces to improve the local authorities’ responsiveness to the people’s needs.