Local Governance for Self-Reliant Community Change

The Challenges to Peacebuilding: In the view of many Afghans, the vast majority of international assistance has been inefficient, over-priced, externally-driven, and not locally accountable. People perceive that only foreign contractors are doing well by the current system.

To whom do people turn for help? While Afghanistan has a central government, at the local level, resurgent Taliban and anti-government forces combined with narco-trafficking and criminal networks prey on communities and wage a new assault on peace.

Restoring Local Governance: Afghan communities have shown resilience in the face of hardship. They value independence and seek a way to shape their own futures. Future Generations trains  communities in some of the most insecure and hard-to-reach districts in a process for local decision-making and collective action.

The purpose is to restore local governance and help communities improve conditions based on their own priorities. Stronger local governance also help strengthen linkages with national government support systems.

Impact to Date: As an implementing partner of the Afghan government's National Solidarity Program (NSP), Future Generations facilitates the establishment and training of community development councils (CDCs).

Each council, elected by community members, develops a mission statement, local bank account, and a workplan for construction projects based on local priorities.

To date, 80 CDCs have created Community Development Plans (CDPs) in Ghazni and Nangarhar provinces for local reconstruction projects, such as wells and springs, schools, roads, bridges, and small scale income generation activities.

With block grant funding through the NSP and community volunteer efforts, the process of implementing these plans builds local governance capacity and promotes dialogue and partnerships among communities and district and provincial officials.