Nahakul K.C. 
Capacity building team of NABDP recently conducted three different modules of trainings in the Logar provinces during the 21st July -2nd August 2010. The capacity building team of Community Empowerment Component (CEC) facilitated the training with the support of Provincial Directors of Rural Rehabilitation and Development of Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD).
Main objectives of the trainings were to enhance the level of awareness in the District Development Assembly (DDAs) to establish and strengthened the local governance institutions in the district.
After the Capacity Building training on Local Governance and Conflict resolutions, Gender mainstreaming, Project Cycle Management, the Participants were able to; describe local governance in a good manner, the role of DDA and women in stabilization of local governance, developed procedure of DDA establishment and structure of DDA. Members were able to develop themselves structure, obligations and responsibilities of sub-committees those were established under the DDAs. Members of DDA were able to learn how to minimize conflicts, describe and analyze the factors affecting conflicts. They learn to resolve those issues in the societies in to Islamic perspectives. DDAs were agreed to mainstream women’s participation in to meetings, implement and monitor of development project in to their respective district.
In the second Module of Project Cycle Management participants were able learn the various subject matters i.e.; Definition for the participation and participatory planning of the projects that explained about the importance of people participation in to the projects and local resource mobilization. Understand the project cycle management (identification, designing, appraisal, feasibility, implementation, monitoring and evaluation).
During the training, the facilitators were explained the roles and responsibilities of Executive and Sub Committees of DDA;
· Procedure of sub-committees (finance and procurement committee, project management committee, monitoring and evaluation committee, and natural disaster management committee). Roles and responsibilities of the sub committees,
· Definition and role of civil society and engaged in to local development
· Role of DDA in conflict solutions.
· Gender and gender equity in line with women rights in Islam perspective.
Facilitators are explaining about the roles and responsibilities of DDAs in to local development
Facilitators observed and Participant told us at the end of the training session the following points were major achievements from these trainings;
§ During these 4 days workshops 32 participation were attended. Four social workers of the Rural Rehabilitation and Development Department also participated among others: the acting head of the Rural Rehabilitation Department, provincial council representatives, provincial government and local municipality representatives, Social leaders.
§ Group work, brain streaming, questions & answers, lectures and snow balling process were applied in the training.
§ The Second module of course was trained to the Executive Committee and the three sub-committee members, totally consisted of 12 DDAs members.
- Development issues on mentioned topic were discussed between male and female member of the DDAs. The most important thing which was notices to us is that; the participation of the women was more than men in discussing issues.
- Positive and sensible changes were appeared on behaviour of the DDA members, for example exchange of the views and ideas and having flexibility in to the development. They made plan to run their assemblies in professional ways.
- Active participation in to groups works, proposals discussed in small groups and sharing their group plan in to big groups for discussion and exchanging of the views.
Ms. Lailoma the principal of girl’s school of Khoshi District, she proposed to implement women projects in the district. “Women of the district are able and eager to implement livelihood projects, because the district is suitable for agriculture and raising livestock”. Haji Naeb the Khoshi District DDA chairman also describe about the training “It’s very good methods to develop our needs based on most urgent needs in to District Development Plans”.
During the training following major issues also observed;
The DDA members have actively participated in the Participatory Planning process for the preparation of District Development Plan. They have discussed over how to get access in to technical and financial resources for the proposed development projects. Practically, women's role in the selection of projects and establishment of the relevant check lists. DDAs shown their constraints to establishment of check lists for the different projects monitoring carried out by themselves.
DDAs are in various stages. And there are difficulties to follow up the biding and preparation for different projects. Maintenance of the project commodities, storing equipments in proper and safe place is one of the issues. Timely payment of instalment for different project activities was considered another issue. After this capacity development, the DDAs and their respective members are able to efficiently conduct their respective district development assemblies (DDAs).
 . Currently working for National Area based Development Programme of Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD/UNDP) as Decentralization & Local Governance Management Support in Kabul-Afghanistan.