The flow of funds from different sources has had a major role in rehabilitation of the country. However, this has created the space for corruption to grow. Thus, the main focus of our initiative is to empower and to involve the community in the decision making through forming Community Development Councils (CDCs).
We aim at empowering the communities to identify their needs and design their own projects and effectively and properly utilize the funding they receive. As the government has some allocated funds for the community empowerment and development, there has to be some transparent system through which this fund is transferred to the communities. For developing such a system in which the communities are empowered and form legal institutions with in themselves, our job is to link the communities with the government on the top and mobilize the communities so that the coordination between the communities and the government is greatly fostered.
We have also made sure that the chances for corruption at the community level have been reduced. The block grant that is allocated to every community is utilized by CDC in the community. A CDC is an elected body composed of maximum 15 representatives from the community. The head of the CDC as well as the treasurer and the deputy is elected through democratic elections. The CDC is directly accountable to community and to us and we make sure that the elected persons are fully transparent and accountable in their tasks.
SDO has been carrying out a number of activities in 11 districts of Kabul.
? Mobilizing the community members
? Holding the elections for CDC members
? Forming Community Development Councils
? Forming the following committees of
1. Monitoring and Evaluation
2. Proposal writing
? Developing the Community Development Plan
? Designing and Delivering capacity building trainings for CDC
SDO is currently working in 486 communities