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By Khan :: Over 120 participants will benefit from the 2013 KOICA-UNDP Joint Training Programmed aimed at strengthening both the technical and functional capacities of Afghan civil servants based on a Memorandum of Understanding to provide on-hands skills training to selected Afghan civil servants between the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and United Nations Development Programme.

The Joint Training Programme focuses on a number of issue based trainings including Rural Development (based on Korea’s New Village Movement experience), Economic Development Strategy for high-level Afghanistan officials, Public Sector Management, Local Administration, Healthcare Policy and Programme Management, Economic Empowerment for Rural Women, Community Healthcare Service Deployment and Vocational Training Policy and System Development to take place at KOICA in South Korea.

For transparency & eligible candidates, the screening procedure of participants have been done by tripartite committee “KOICA, UNDP & ACSI”, andfor each fellowship program fifteen Afghan Civil Servants will be selected where participants are given an orientation on the issues and an introduction at Afghan KOICA office to the country prior to the start of the program. Each training programme lasts for three weeks where Afghan civil servants will undergo a rigorous training course on the subject matter.

KOICA UNDPThe first training programme commences on June 6 until June 27, 2013 and focuses on Rural Development based on South Korea’s own New Village Movement Experience. Fifteen trainees were selected by KOICA and UNDP Afghanistan with the support of the Afghan Civil Service Institute.  South Korea’s New Village Movement was a rural development initiative launched to modernize the rural South Korean economy. The movement’s main objective was to empower local communities and villages often detached from the rapidly industrializing urban cities and localize development initiatives. The Movement has been accepted by the international community as one of the efficient rural development models in the world. The movement has been replicated in more than seventy countries.

NIBP works with itscentral government partner the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission to support an efficient and capable public sector workforce.

The partnership between UNDP(NIBP) and KOICA is a crucial one as Afghan civil servants are given an opportunity to receive rigorous and systematic trainings in South Korea on key issues related to their functions.

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