Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan District Delivery Program Secretariat Report

Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG)

  • Draft version 2.3
  • 51 pages
  • April 2010


1.1 District Delivery Program

The objective of the District Delivery Program (DDP) is to establish or improve the visibility of the Government by holistically engaging the governance system at the district level to ensure that the basic level public services are available directly to communities.

The District Delivery Program is a process that results in a package of services to be delivered to the districts. It aims to establish or visibly improve the government capacity at the local level in key terrain districts. It is not meant to replace ongoing activities in those districts. Parallel planning at the national and local level will preclude duplication of effort.

The District Delivery Program is centered on two principles: 1) the Provincial Governor and District Governors offices, in conjunction with line Ministries, deliver services; and 2) that the services provided are a result of a consultative process with a local Council (representative body of the people).

The ability to move freely around the district with minor exception is assumed at the time of the insertion of a District Delivery Package. Deployment of the package will be synchronized with military activity, as well as the presence and activities of trained police officers. Consideration will be given to both freedom of movement within a district, and between district and provincial center.

The process, and therefore package, is built on ensuring or developing human capacity as foundational for all other development activity. Government employees will be trained by the Civil Service Institute and a support team from Kabul. Any temporary staff must transition their duties to permanent and trained staff from the local area. Also critical is rapid progress in addressing the most pressing needs of the district, as defined locally with the support of national level ministries: access to justice, health and education improvements, the start of critical infrastructure, and an increase in local employment.

With limited time and resources, the DDP will focus on 80 key target districts in which nearly 61% of the population resides. This focused prioritization will help to achieve stability in Afghanistan within the resources available.
The DDP is an inter-ministerial program under the coordinating leadership of IDLG, in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Public Health, the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, the Supreme Court, the Attorney General Office, the Ministry of Finance, the Civil Service Commission, Haj, Municipalities, and the Ministry of Interior.

The mobile advisory group may include representatives of the following agencies:

  • Independent Directorate of Local Governance (Mobile Advisory Team Leaders)
  • Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock
  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Ministry of Public Health
  • Supreme Court
  • Attorney General
  • Civil Service Commission
  • Civil Service Institute
  • Ministry of the Interior (to be confirmed)
  • ISAF/IJC (Planning effort only, no travel)
  • UNAMA (Planning effort only, no travel)
  • US Embassy/USAID (Planning effort only, no travel except if donor)
  • UK Embassy/DFID (Planning effort only, no travel except if donor)
  • Canadian Embassy (Planning effort only, no travel except if donor)

Share this: