Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
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Civilian Technical Assistance Program (CTAP)
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The CTAP Overview:

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The Civilian Technical Assistance Program (CTAP) is a National Capacity Development program of the government of Afghanistan, designed to strengthen the capacity of Tashkeel staff and key ministries within the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, whereby assisting public agencies to effectively deliver services to the public while supporting towards the successful implementation of the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS) and their prioritized programs.

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The CTAP Overview:

The Civilian Technical Assistance Program (CTAP) is a national capacity development program of the government of Afghanistan, designed to strengthen the capacity of Tashkeel staff, Ministries and Independent Directorates within Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA), whereby assisting public agencies to effectively deliver services to the public while supporting towards the successful implementation of the ANDS and their National Prioritized Programs (NPPs). CTAP undertakes this by placing International technical Advisors in government ministries in order to support capacity development initiatives formulated by the ministries themselves.

In response to the increasing capacity needs, CTAP was established in 2009 as an Afghan-led solution to the problem of how to address the knowledge gaps within GIRoA agencies. Designed as an on-budget program and positioned under the Ministry of Finance, CTAP first, supports the government agencies to identify functional areas that need assistance and then, places international advisors in the participating agencies to upgrade the knowledge and skills of mid-level managers. It is a multi-funded program and currently being supported by the U.S. government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the German’s Foreign Services Office and the GIRoA.

As a government rather than a donor-driven process, CTAP is unique in the context of Afghanistan. The CTAP process is different from traditional donor-funded capacity building models that use Project Implementation Units/Program Management Units. Built on the demands of the requesting agencies, CTAP’s prime difference from other capacity development programs is that the embedded Technical Advisors work directly for the ministries; they are directed and managed by, and report to the host ministries. In addition, CTAP secretariat and TAs work closely with GIRoA supervisors and counterparts to build their staff capacities and gradually generate reforms in policies, procedures and organizational structures.

 

The CTAP II Programme Focus:

During the first three years of CTAP, more than one hundred and twenty (120) Technical Advisors assisted twenty-four Government Agencies. In its second phase, the Program will concentrate predominantly on cross-cutting functional areas such as: (a) corporate governance and control environment; (b) financial management, budgeting and accounting systems; (c) personnel policies, procedures and management; (d) procurement systems; and (e) program/project design, management and monitoring. However, CTAP II approach will maintain its demand-driven philosophy whereby the Government Agencies will still decide which specific areas the TA being requested will work in, and what types of capacity development will best address their prioritized needs.

Programme Goal: The overall goal of CTAP II is to contribute to GIRoA’s efforts to strengthen the capacity of public institutions to effectively and efficiently deliver quality and optimal services to the people of Afghanistan.

Programme Purpose: In order to achieve the above goal, CTAP II intends to provide technical assistance for the purpose of improved performance in core functional areas of selected structures in cooperating government agencies.

Programme Objectives: In order to achieve the above goal and the purpose, CTAP II intends to:

  1.    Strengthen the capacity of GIROA Agencies towards their sector priorities by 2018

  2.    Strengthen functional accountability systems within the government agencies by 2018

  3.    Increase access to quality technical assistance for GIROA national and sub-national agencies
         prior to 2018.

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