The second Joint Planning and Advocacy Meeting in Herat Province
Peace Training and Research Organization (PTRO) successfully held its second Joint Planning and Advocacy Meeting in Herat province on 6-7 September 2016. Around 196 representatives, male and female, of the District Advocacy Committees (DDAs), Provincial Advocacy Committees (PACs), National Advocacy Committee (NAC), provincial council members and government officials from Herat, Takhar and Nangrahar provinces participated in this meeting. The DDAs and PACs and NAC are established in these provinces three years ago and are working with local government departments to improve human security advocating for good governance at district and provincial levels. It specifically focuses on improving service delivery in agriculture, education and food security sectors advocating with local actors on based on evidence-based research these committees regularly conduct.
Participants of the conference worked on joint planning for further advocacy, shared their experiences in their related provinces and presented their achievements in the last 3 years of their work. Heads of the related line departments, representatives from provincial councils of the three provinces who have generously supported these initiatives from its start renewed their commitments in the meeting and promised to continue working with these structures. Local government representatives promised to fully involve the committees in their departmental annual planning that will allow these advocacy committees to monitor local initiatives and help the line departments to improve service delivery.
PTRO cordially appreciates the participation of provincial council members and government officials who traveled all the way from Takhar and Nangrahar provinces to Herat despite their busy schedules and uncertain security conditions. PTRO is thankful to Mohammad Asif Rahimi, the governor of Herat province, for his remarkable opening speech, and the heads of line departments in Herat who participated in the conference throughout the sessions during the two days of the meeting. Herat civil society representatives demonstrated their humble hospitality and facilitated a non-forgettable tour of the historical places in Heart city to the participants coming from Takhar and Nangrahar provinces. PTRO also thanks to the local media in Herat for the full coverage of the meeting.
PTRO believes that beside the official agenda these joint meetings and exposure visits add a great deal to strengthen our unity, forging further relations both at institutional and personal levels, and boost our commitment and confidence to rebuild our country.