SRTG Project Monthly Report (September)

                  

SRTG Project Monthly Report (September)

Project title: Strengthening Local Civil Society’s Role to Influence Sustainable Reform and Transparency in Government (SRTG) Project

Project Introduction:

Strengthening Local Civil Society’s Role to Influence Sustainable Reform and Transparency in Government (SRTG) Project is for three years (January 2016 – December 2018). The overall objective of this project is to improve the coordination and capacity of CSOs to advocate for government reforms and transparency”. The project should achieve three results: (1) Enhanced capacities of 20 CSOs, 25 CDCs, PDCs and local governance structures in participatory planning and monitoring service delivery. (2) Local CSOs, CDCs and citizens including the youth engage actively in demanding good local governance, transparency and reforms; and provincial advocacy monitoring bodies established in the target provinces and (3) 30% improvement over baseline in service delivery and transparency in target provinces. The project is implemented by two partners, ACSFo and Afghanaid.

The Prominent activities of the project in September 2017 includes monitoring the activities of 8 organizations who are financially support by SRTG Project and to receive their two months financial and narrative reports, publishing the radio messages and regular monitoring of broadcasts.

Project Location:

The project is implemented in Ghor Province (Lal wa Sar-e-Jangle, Dawlatyar and Feroz Koh districts) and Samangan Province (Feroz Nakhcher, Hazrat Sultan and Aybak districts).

Activities and Results:

Broadcast of the radio messages

To increase the awareness of people on project themes and government service delivery, short radio messages were broadcasted by the local FM radio station. The radio messages are regularly broadcasted from July 2017. In October 2017, four radio messages were broadcasted by two local radios (Haqiqat and Shahrwand) in Samangan and three radios (Adalat, Sarhad and Feroz Koh) in Ghor provinces. The messages are about health, education, electricity and good governance. The radio massages increased the awareness of people about the issues related to health, education, electricity and their rights and responsibilities.

 

Supervising the Activities of Project Partner Organizations

SRTG Project has financially supported 8 local organizations in Ghor and Samangan provinces. This support was provided for 6 months (July – December 2017). In October, ACSFo participated in two activities of the partners in Ghor and Samangan Provinces. Also, ACSFo-SRTG Project manager had a meeting with all partners of Ghor province in ACSFo’s Ghor office. In this meeting the partners presented their work, achievements, plans and challenges.

 

Research Training

The provincial Advocacy and Oversight Network for Good Governance (AONGG) serve as the main platform to achieve the project goals and objectives and to promote a sustainable civil society to strengthen the process of good governance, accountability and transparency in the target provinces. To understand the capacity building needs of the advocacy group members, ACSFo has already conducted TNA program. According to TNA, trainings on budget development, strategic advocacy, TMAF, good governance, monitoring and evaluation, project management, policy and strategy development, gender, planning, report writing, proposal writing and research will be conducted for the network.

ACSFo conducted three day research trainings (19 – 21 October in Ghor and 26 – 28 October in Samangan) for the members of AONGG. The trainings covered all steps of research (research proposal, research execution and research reporting) and was facilitated by ACSFo’s trainers. According to post-test and pre-test results the training it is clear that the participants’ knowledge increased on research.

 

Holding Town Hall Gathering in Ghor Province

This activity was held in Ghor Province (Governor Office Hall). The event was held on 25th October 2017 in which 340 persons participated. It aimed to provide opportunity for the communities and grass-roots CSOs to directly raise their concerns and provide recommendations to the local government authorities on the issues of government service delivery, transparency and accountability. The participants were Governor (Mr. Khazeh), the representatives of DoEd, DoPH, DoRRD, DoPE, Security Department, Police Department, DoEc, DoJ and DoWA, AIHRC, civil society, media, PDC members, CDC members, university students, teachers and community people.

 

Project Exposure Visit

The SRTG project aims to attain a sustainable coordination and cooperation between the project beneficiaries and stakeholders of Ghor and Samangan through exchange of ideas and experiences. Therefore, a 3 day exposure visit was organized from 16th – 18th October in Ghor. In this visit 13 persons from Ghor, CDC members, media, CSOs, Afghanaid and ACSFo SRTG project employees participated and the visit was led by Afghanaid and ACSFo.

 

Project Report in Magazine

The project reports are regularly published in ACSFo’s magazine. In this month, reports on the mid-term review are being sent for publishing in magazine.

 

 

AONGG Quarterly Meeting

The third meeting of AONGG was conducted in the capital of Ghor province on 25th October 2017. In this meeting, the members of network held the election to elect the head of this network. Finally, Ms. Gulsom Rezaie (Provincial Council Member) is elected as the new head. Then the network members were divided in 3 groups to work on electricity, education and health.

 

Challenges:

 

Not applicable for this month

Recommendation:

N/A

Conclusion:

The activities of October were completed according the project monthly plan. People found better opportunity to share their concerns directly with the government. Also, the governor and other local government officials reported their work, plans, achievements and challenges to the people. The meetings also helped us to include new initiatives in the AONGG plan.

Plans for next month:

The major activities for next month:

  • Regular contact with SRTG Project local partners in Ghor and Samangan Provinces
  • Conducting Town Hall Gathering in Samangan
  • Conducting three days training for Ghor and Samangan local CSOs.
  • Printing the project brochure and pictures
  • Meeting with project partners in Samangan
  • Conducting 3 day training for Ghor and Samangan Advocacy and Oversight Network for Good Governance (AONGG)
  • Conducting AONGG meeting in Samangan
  • Project Coordination Committee (PCC) monitoring of the activities of project partners in Ghor
  • Conducting roundtables, radio programs with relevant stakeholders
  • Broadcasting 8 radio messages by local radio channel of Ghor and Samangan
  • Regular participation in the partner CSOs activities and programs
  • Monitoring of the radio messages (broadcast timing and quality)

 

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