Afghanistan has made progress over the past ten years in terms of its institution-building, delivering better services to its citizens, and social-economic development. However, it still faces challenges in achieving the goals and priorities set out in the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS) and its National Priority Program (NPP). This is partly because of weak governmental institutions, which are responsible for the realization of the NPP and implementation of specific development programs.
The Afghan National Unity Government has outlined 10 national priorities. One of these is the comprehensive reform of the civil service and capacity building of government institutions.
The President of Afghanistan has also appointed a special envoy in reforms and good-governance affairs to prioritize this policy reform area and support its realization.
Afghanistan was part of the first CD4D phase. Since 2016, 20 assignments have taken place in the country. These assignments have taken place in Afghanistan’s priority sectors: health, education, and infrastructure (urban and rural development).
Qualified Afghans from the Netherlands contributed to the development of health, education and infrastructure sectors in Afghanistan by focusing on strengthening the capacity of strategic institutions through the training of local staff, exchange of knowledge, skills and institutional links.
There is a substantial community of qualified Afghan diaspora in the Netherlands, made up mainly of young professionals, who are willing to contribute to the reconstruction and development of the country through short assignments in Afghanistan.
As the main organization for the Afghan Diaspora in the Netherlands, IOM has selected KEIHAN as a suitable partner for the implementation and outreach of this project. The KEIHAN Foundation is an Afghan-Dutch foundation, set up in 2005 by a group of Afghan young professionals.