Navigating local authority and community-driven development in Afghanistan
For donors and the Afghan government, a key challenge is to design and implement large-scale development programmes capable of operating effectively across a diversity of local public authority contexts. The experience of the National Solidarity Programme (NSP) and its successor, the Citizen’s Charter Afghanistan Project (CCAP) is one of mixed outcomes, and this note discusses possible ways of improving them.
- Successful development programming in rural areas requires a thorough understanding of local context to help avoid unintended consequences.
- A continuous process of learning should be built into project implementation in order to understand how local variations in public authority and community preferences interact with development programming.
- Flexible project redesign approaches are needed so imported governance structures like Community Development Councils can be adjusted to fit alongside pre-existing forms of local authority.
Published: 20 November 2020