Figure-1.1 Localization of Sustainable Development Goals in Afghanistan Sunday, 22 September, 2019

For localization of Sustainable Development Goals and strengthening cooperation among private sectors, governmental and non-governmental organizations, Afghan Women’s Educational Center with the support of CAID conducted one day workshop on 22nd September, 2019, in Kabul city. The participants of the workshop were from the local cooperators of CAID in Afghanistan, private sectors, and civil society organizations.
At the beginning, the executive director of AWEC, Palwasha Hassan, talked about the significance of the Goals of Sustainable Development in Afghanistan and their implementation for self-sufficiency. She focused on the roles of CSOs and private sectors in the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals, “When we are talking about the localization of SDGs, it is also significant to talk about its implementation too. Here, we can say that the roles of CSOs, NGOs, and private sectors are very much important. We need to reach these goals which have some challenges on their ways such as peace issue and on-going presidential elections.

Following to Miss. Hassan, Mr. Hashami, the general policy director of Ministry of Economics, declared this workshop significant and told the part takers, “This workshop is very much important that will pave the ways for the implementation of sustainable goals. MoEc is ready for any kind of cooperation….”
He also asked the participants of the workshop to share their suggestions to the government, especially relevant to MoEc, as well as identify the roles of CSOs and private sectors in in the implementation of A-SDGs. He added, “MoEc is ready to accept any suggestion from CSOs in the executive committee of sustainable development….”

Besides him, some of the representatives from CSOs and private sector shared their views and highlighted some of the challenges in the ways of implementing sustainable development goals in Afghanistan. Some of these challenges were: insecurity, poverty, unemployment, lack of coordination, and unawareness. Moreover, the representatives of CSOs asked to be included in the monitoring of the process of implementing sustainable development goals in Afghanistan.

In this workshop, AWEC presented two papers too. The first paper was on “Working Together: Afghanistan Sustainable Development Goals” which was done in partnership with CAID as part of joint learning to improve the localization of ASDGs agenda and to strengthen partnership between NGOs and private sectors as well as government in order to contribute to a better and more sustainable future for all.
Finally, the second paper was on “Redefining Poverty in Afghanistan” that also highlighted the ways of reducing poverty. All the participants assessed the workshop vital and asked for continuation of these workshops in order to work for sustainable and self-sufficient future of Afghanistan.