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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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CTAP Technical Advisors’ Coordination Meeting Conducted in February

On Feb 02, 2014, CTAP conducted its Coordination Meeting at Khaber Hall of the Ministry of Finance. The objectives of the meeting were to create stronger coordination, introduce the newly developed capacity building tools and help the TAs achieve their capacity building objectives within relevant government agencies.

Civilian Technical Assistance Program (CTAP) is a government-led and demand driven capacity building program. Established in 2009, the program is aimed at building the capacities of the government agencies. In its second phase, the program will be focusing more on common function areas such as Human Resource Management, Public Financial Management, Procurement, Monitoring and Evaluation, Program Management, Communications and other.

The meeting started at 9:30 AM and ended at 1:00 PM.  In the beginning, Mr. Yasin Samim, CTAP Communications and Outreach Manager facilitated the meeting. The meeting started with recitation from the Holy Quran which was followed by a round of introduction.  After the introduction, Mr. Fardin Seddqi,  CTAP Director welcomed the participants, talked about the objectives of the meeting and made a quick introduction of the agenda. He explained that: “During 2013 the CTAP Secretariat has been working on CTAP II Program document, M&E systems and security arrangements.  So, in this meeting we will have presentations on each of the mentioned issue.”  

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His Excellency the Deputy Minister for Policy, Mr. Qarizada who was also chairing the meeting, appreciated the new security arrangements put in place by the CTAP secretariat. He said: “I am pleased with the security measures CTAP has put in place because TAs’ security protection is very important for us. The information is very useful and I am also a beneficiary of the services.”  He further highlighted the importance of the security measures referring to the election days and added, “As we are moving to election days, we need to be very careful and follow the security advices very seriously. I request CTAP management to strictly enforce security measures and also the TAs to keep in touch with the security unit and follow their instructions.”- Talking about CTAP progress and achievements, Mr. Qarizada appreciated the efforts and commitment of CTAP secretariat and technical advisors towards capacity building in Afghanistan. “CTAP is a unique capacity building program with a distinct approach because it mainly focuses on needs and seeks results. Therefore, I request you all to continue your hard work to maintain its uniqueness.”- explained Mr. Qarizada.

Following his remarks, the TAs were allowed to discuss and share their necessary questions and suggestions. TAs talked about various issues such as security problems, TAs welfare and leave arrangements, sectorial clustering among TAs and communication and outreach initiatives required to increase the program outreach and effectiveness. At the end of this speech, Mr. Qarizada appreciated their comments and suggestions, and advised the CTAP management to further communicate with TAs, and involve them for further improvement of the Program performance, implementation and evaluation.  

Mr. Qarizada concluded his speech by appreciating the TAs contribution and emphasized on more regular arrangement of such meetings. He suggested: “One more important thing is to conduct the TAs Coordination Meeting more regularly-maybe on monthly basis within Ministry of Finance or any other safe and secure location.”

There were presentations on CTAP Phase Two, the new M&E System and Security Threats & Measures. At the end of each presentation, TAs were provided enough opportunity to share their questions and discuss about their achievements and challenges. Mr. Abdur-Rahman, the CTAP CDD advisor, Mr. Frank Kabudula, the CTAP M&E advisor and Mr. Rafi Pardes, the CTAP security Officer, respectively  responded to questions  raised by the technical advisors and provided necessary clarification and justifications in order to help them better understand the suggested changes and associated responsibilities. 

Having listened to the technical advisors, Mr. Seddiqi promised to consider their comments and suggestions in order to further improve and strengthen CTAP’s overall performance and achievements. To help the TAs successfully operationalize the new established systems within GIROA agencies, he emphasized that CTAP secretariat will strongly communicate with client agencies both at technical and strategic level. He added that CTAP secretariat will soon share all newly developed capacity building tools and asked the TAs to strongly engage it reviewing, improvement and implementation of them. In addition, in response to the questions raised by some of the TAs regarding the CTAP II areas of focus, he explained:  “Even though in its new Phase, CTAP will focus more on common function areas but will still l keep the demand driven philosophy of the program which means that if the client agencies request TAs for technical areas, they will be provided with l support.”

Mr. Seddiqi concluded the meeting by thanking the participants and highlighting the importance of such meetings.