Bridging the Knowledge Gap Through Dialogue in Afghanistan

Afghanistan
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After three decades of war and destruction and continuing insecurity Afghanistan faces significant human and development challenges. The lack of skills to develop policies, or implement projects, and the lack of human capacity in terms of availability, knowledge and competence are serious issues in government bodies responsible for service delivery.

The KIC Scoping mission explored ways of establishing a “Resource Facility” that would provide the Government, UNDP and the wider development community with timely access to high quality advice and expertise. The Scoping resulted in a project proposal for the Pilot Resource Facility based on its findings.

Highlights

  • The first two Communities of Practice were launched through Solution Exchange Afghanistan: The Municipal Governance and Development (MUN) Community and The Sustainable Resources Management (SRM) Community.
  • "It connects people with common interests to share their experience, free of charge, and prevents them from having to re-invent the wheel."

The Facility now incorporates UN-facilitated Communities of Practice and the innovative dimension of the Solution Exchange approach to further enhance the value of the Facility to Government and its development partners. In December 2012 the first two Communities of Practice were launched through Solution Exchange Afghanistan: The Municipal Governance and Development (MUN) Community and The Sustainable Resources Management (SRM) Community.

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The Communities of Practice (CoP) helps to better manage the country’s land and water resources, forests and minerals for economic, social and environmental benefits, and to deliver efficient and responsive municipal services, such as education, road repairs and maintenance, water and sanitation for the people of Afghanistan.

In early 2013, the Communities of Practice published the consolidated replies on their first queries seeking good examples of citizen engagement in municipal governance and on water saving irrigation and agricultural techniques, tools and expertise that local communities apply to optimize sustainable water use. Nearly 500 community members appreciated the value that this knowledge sharing initiative brings to their work and particularly the value of sharing international experiences.

 “It connects people with common interests to share their experience, free of charge, and prevents them from having to re-invent the wheel. We hope this can make an important contribution to economic development in Afghanistan,” said Alvaro Rodriguez, UNDP Country Director in Afghanistan.

Municipal Governance and Development (MUN) Community
        Sustainable Resources Management (SRM) Community