PRESS RELEASE

16th to 17th January 2019

An official visit of the IDLG high delegation team took place towards Jalalabad from 16th to 17th January 2019. The team was composed of high officials including his excellency Abdul Baqi Popal the deputy Minister of Municipalities, Abdul Bari Ahmadzai the Operational Director of urban Citizen Charter National Priority Program, Dr.Zubair Safi head of Urban CCAP Engineering Department, Aimal Niazai Urban PMUs Coordinator , Haider Omari Urban CCAP Contract specialist, Badshah Khan Urban CCAP Grant specialist and Maryam Azizi Urban CCAP Gender head. The present report contains the conclusions and recommendations of the team’s visit to Jalalabad.

The Main objectives of the mission were to visit field for the inauguration of GA level projects, attending closing ceremony of CDC sub-project and visiting FGA office in order closely observe the provincial office and to meet the responsible officials.

The mentioned delegation attended the inauguration ceremony of the Park and officially inaugurated the big project covering 19 Jerib land and maintaining of 21.5 million Afghanis budget of the very first day of the mission. The titled delegation also attended the closing ceremony of Macroyane du CDC on the same day which is officially provided for the utilization of the surrounding citizens.

The particular projects, both inaugurated and completed will render a bundle of attractive opportunities to the surrounding citizens. The titled projects will also assist in providing employment opportunities to both skill and non-skill labours.

On second day, the mission team visited FGA provincial office approximately 11: 00 o’clock where FGA team has already arranged a large gathering attended by both office and field staff and few speeches were shared with the participants.

Speech by FGA Regional Manager (Sanaullah Aziz)

Mr. Sanaullah Aziz welcomed all the guests and colleagues and thanked his excellency Mr. Abdul Baqi Popal and his team for visiting FGA office. He then introduced FGA and its activities in eastern region especially he focused on the two below projects which are being implemented under the umbrella of the CCAP.

UNDP project (celebrating the National environmental days and registration of environmental committees with NEPA)

WPF project (using the PLA tools for CCAP for identifying of the poor and ultra-poor community members) and providing them with 7,000AFA cash.

Speech by PMU Manager (Rahmatullah Khogiani)

Mr. Rahmatullah Kogyani the PMU manager of Jalalabad thanked FGA team for arranging this event and said “I am so glad for being part of such a wonderful event, I really appreciate FGA’s facilitation of the CCAP in 200 CDCs. Indeed, FGA secures a very talented staff that to facilitate all CCAP activities according to the operational manual and produced plan”. He further said, I realize that we are having few challenges in Jalalabad city since I have recently joined this position and our joint team is working to avoid them in recent future.

Speech by FGA CCAP Program Director (Besmillah Sakhizada)

Mr. Besmillah Sakhizada first thanked the delegation from IDLG and welcomed Mr. Abdul Baqi Popal to FGA office. He then explained the achievements of the CCAP for the year 2018 for both packages 4 and 6. He shared the percentages of the achievements for each milestone and overall achievement of the program vs the planed activities of the year 2018 as following.

• Package 4 over all achievement 89%

• Package 6 over all achievements 84.3%

He also shared some security, social and political challenges faced during the year 2018 and at the end he thanked the new PMU manager for his close follow up and coordination with FP and also promised to Mr. Popal that FGA will at least achieve 95% of its planned activities for the year 2019

Speech by Deputy Minister for Municipalities (Mr. Abdul Baqi Popal)

The Deputy Minister of Municipalities Abdul Baqi Popal conveyed its sincere appreciation for the excellent preparation of the event and also appreciated FGA field staff for such an outstanding arrangement, he also thanked FGA field staff for the hard work in the field in such a crucial and insecure circumstances in Jalabad city. During his speech he mention that FGA is having a very attractive back ground in developmental projects and being selected for the CCAP in Jalalabad city. He also explained that FGA staff is working in real ground and will pave the way for obtaining the CCAP long term goals.

Mr. Popal said, “we would like to conduct an analysis of various impacts of CCAP such as economic, social, and cultural during the year 2018 that will help us leading the long-term goals”.

He mentioned that the Afghan president asked the IDLG to spend at least 95% of the fund of CCAP for the year 2018 and IDLG was able to spend 92% of its fund for CCAP. Jalalabad was able to receive 85% of the funds planned and this is a great achievement.

He also took a very quick glance of the provincial office and reviewed each department of CCAP in provincial office.

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The IDLG high delegation attended the inauguration ceremony of the Park and officially inaugurated the big project covering 19 Jerib land.

Mr. Sanaullah Aziz welcomed all the guests and colleagues and thanked his excellency Mr. Abdul Baqi Popal and his team for visiting FGA office.

Mr. Rahmatullah Kogyani the PMU manager of Jalalabad thanked FGA team for arranging this event.

Speech by FGA CCAP Program Director (Besmillah Sakhizada)

Date: 15 November 2018

Future Generations Afghanistan signed two new agreements with World Food Program to support returnees and vulnerable host communities in Eastern Afghanistan. The project areas are currently at IPC level 3. Fews Net data indicate a combination of below average precipitation and above average temperatures, resulting in a likelihood of poor food production this year. According to the recent survey, 70% of the households are in the poor category and the food insecurity situation have affected male, female, boys and girls. The new projects will provide opportunities to men and women to have food and cash to cope against food insecurity during the lean seasons.

The first project is the CBT assistance for 2,300 documented and undocumented returnee households in three provinces (Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunar). Each vulnerable family will be assisted with 6000 AFN per month for three months. The second project is about seasonal support program that has targeted 2000 households to receive 369.03 MT mixed food in four districts of Nangarhar province. Each family will be give 50 kg flour, 5 kg pulses, 4.5 kg oil, 0.5 kg salt and 1.5 kg Nutritious food for children. Both project aim to prevent a deterioration of food security among highly vulnerable host communities.

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Celebration of International Day of Climate Action by Urban Community in Jalalabad City

Date: 2nd November 2018

Celebration of International Day of Climate Action by Urban Community in Jalalabad City.

The United Nations designated 24 October as International Day of Climate Action. In 2017, it was celebrated in 181 countries with more than 5200 actions with a theme of reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide to 350 ppm from the current level of 400ppm.

For the First Time in Afghanistan, the urban communities of Jalalabad City together with National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) with the technical and logistic support of Future Generations, has celebrated the Climate Action Day in Jalalabad City. The purpose of the celebration for urban environmental communities was to establish its linkage with NEPA, and to understand their roles and functions for environmental protections in general and for reducing climate changes efforts in particular in Jalalabad City.

The celebration program was held in Future Generations conference hall, and attended by NEPA high delegates from Kabul, leaded by Eng. Ezattullah Sediqi Deputy Director General, and Mr. Mohd. Wasel Bazegh, Senior Advisor and other experts. The Future Generations seniors from country office, urban community leaders and NEPA provincial staff were also attended the event. The meeting was started with a speech by a community leader and followed by a presentation of Mr. Shirzai, country director of FGA about the purpose International Day of Climate Action, the causes and impacts of global warming, and the mitigation and adaptation actions & strategies to be followed by local governance. He emphasized that the monitoring of mitigation and adaptation action by officials at the local/ community levels should not affect the development rights of communities to access to their basic and welfare needs. In addition, the representative of NEPA provincial office, presented the role and function of NEPA in province. Eng. Sediqi, the DDG-NEPA chaired the last open discussion session and listened to the community environmental concerns, and promised to resolve their issues in collaboration of municipality. For listening and dealing with communities concerns and also to make the communities aware and also involve them in NEPA public awareness and other programs, he proposed community leaders and Future Generations to initiate the registration processes of potential environmental committee in NEPA relevant office.

The program was ended with delivering a thanks note by Future Generations and community leaders to NEPA - Kabul delegates for dedication of their time, traveling all the way to attend the program.

 

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Date: 1st November 2018

Urbanization is a cause of climate change and rapid urbanization increases people’s vulnerability to the impacts of climate change. Today, more than half the world’s population live in the cities, and another 2.5 billion people are expected to join them by 2050.

The major cities of Afghanistan is urbanising at an unprecedented rate and with increasing impacts of climate change being witnessed across all regions. Jalalabad City in Eastern Afghanistan is one of those City which is urbanising at fastest rate. Since June 2018, Future Generations Afghanistan (FGA) has been facilitating the Afghanistan Government National Citizen Charter Afghanistan Program in 40 Gozars and 200 urban communities. The establishment of urban Enviornmental Committee at the community and Gozar levels are one of the key output of the program.

On 1st November, 2018, the Future Generations together NEPA (National Environment Protection Agency high level delegation visted two Environmental Committee members in District # 3 and 5. During the visit, the members of environmental committees have welcomed the Deputy Director General of NEPA to their localities, and explained their action plans in regard to environmental protection and adaptation to climate change for their communities.

The purpose of this visit for FGA was to introduce NEPA and its roles and functions to community and members of environmental committee, and establish a strong linkage of communities with this government institution.

After this visit, the FGA team delevered two presentations to NEPA delegation. The first presentation was about the establishment process of Enviromental committees and their roles and functions at the local levels. The second presentation was about the World Bank Environmental and social Framework and how the enviromental committee applies the environmental and social safegarding in implementation of community infrastructure projects.

 

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DATE: 14 October 2018

An new contract was signed by Future Generations Afghanistan World Program Program for supporting 14000 vulnerable families with food distribution in four districts of Nangarhar Province.

Nangarhar province is categorized in phase 3 on IPC phase classification and many communities are suffering from serious food insecurity and likely to increase this tension during lean season. The main cause of insecurity is shortage of rain during the cultivation season in many districts; and the high number returnees and IDPs in the province. The targeted districts of Achin, Batikot, Dehbala, Kot and Surkhrod are very high food insecure. The FGA and WFP as members of Food Security & Agriculture Cluster have planned to support the vulnerable population in the food insecure districts to mprove the food security situation. In total 369.3 MT mixed food will be distributed to 14,000 beneficiaries during October to December 2018.

 

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DATE: 25 September 2018

Future Generations Afghanistan (FGA) signed an agreement with World Program Program (WFP) for facilitation of Cash Based Transfer Assistance to 2300 Returnees households (16,100 persons) in Eastern Afghanistan.

According to the Food Consumption Score assessment that was conducted in August – November 2017, the 44% of the population in eastern region is fall in phase 3. IPC shows that 30% of the population in Laghman and Kunar respectively and 45% population in Nangarhar are in phase 3 and phase 4. Based on this agreement, the FGA will conduct vulnerability assessment at household level, to identify most vulnerable returned households to receive cash assistance. Total CBT value for 2300 households is 583,098 USD. The number of beneficiaries in Nangarhar is 1800 returnees, Kunar is 250 and Laghman is 250 households. This is a four months’ operation, start from 20 September and will end in 20 January 2019. The objective is to prevent a deterioration of food security among highly vulnerable returned population.

FGA has been partnering with WFP since 2013. In 2016 and 2017 FGA has implemented WFP funded emergency operation projects (EMOP) for returnees in 20 districts of Nangarhar province, where FGA distributed more than 5,000 MT mix food and around 200 million AFN through mHawala modality to the vulnerable beneficiaries. Recently in 2018 FGA implemented WFP funded project where 1500 documented and undocumented returnees assisted with 6000 AFN with Cash Based Transfer in eastern region (Nangarhar, Laghman and Kunar), each family assisted with 6000 AFN per month for three months. Total transfer value was 27 million AFN.