Prioritizes, Practical and Focused Approaches for Afghanistan National Development Strategy
The Kabul Process which started with H.E. the President Islamic Republic of Afghanistan speech in London conference in 2009, was the starting point for transferring civilian and military responsibilities from the international partners to the afghan government and civil society organizations in the following five sections: Peace reconciliation, Security , Good governance , Economic development , Regional and global cooperation. All these five sections are also included in the Afghanistan National Development Strategy.
Importance: Indeed the National Priority Programs represents a new commitment in Afghan National Development Strategy frame work and their aims are to empower the Afghans and Afghan institutions for better service delivery, creating jobs, sustainable development of economic , incomes, protect Afghan citizens’ right, government and NGO’s and sustainable peace.
The first impression of these program which introduced for the first time in Kabul conference for defining “Kabul process” was useful, and represents a milestone for the people of Afghanistan and international partners.
Unlike previous programs that were prepared in large scale and were implemented by our international partners. At the moment the government of Afghanistan, international partners, civil society and private sector made the transition of ownership process.
Impacts: National Priority Programs are likely to have the following major impacts:
The prioritized and focused implementation will bring value for money leading to satisfaction of Afghan people as well as the international community.
Categorization of NPPs: For effective implementation of NPPs, the 22 NPPs are grouped together into 6 clusters as given below:
How created: The Kabul Conference was presented with the concept notes of the 22 National Priority Programs. The direction was also given by the Conference that these concept notes should now be developed into full-fledged program proposals, clearing giving the road map to convert concepts into concrete, implementable and practical plans with costing/budgets. Accordingly, all the concerned ministries started developing these program proposals for NPPs. Each proposal has the objectives/goals of the program as well as its components/sub-components, defines the strategy to achieve these objectives, contains a 3-years implementation plan with timelines, broad activities and outcome/output indicators. The detailed costing along with likely constraints to be faced and how to resolve them is also part of the proposals.
All Pieces for implementation brought together. Various elements of the implementation process were created and brought together for effective implementation and accountability of the process. These elements are:
All these elements are working together and bringing significant synergies. The accountability system is able to generate alarm signals wherever the activities are not be completed leading to corrective actions. The periodic reports are generated every quarter having both qualitative and quantitative components. The Synthesis Report along with these monitoring reports feeds into the JCMB mechanisms, cabinet, etc. Consultation mechanisms at the program proposals level and at the action plan/monitoring reports levels are providing opportunities for deepening the processes with qualitative inputs from donors and other stakeholders.
There are achievements but still it’s a long way to go and the Government is seeking everyone’s cooperation