Project Name: Strategic Partnership on lobby & Advocacy (SPLA)

Cordaid / Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs – On going project

Afghanistan has come a long way since 2001 and has made much progress under extremely challenging circumstances. The mining sector in Afghanistan has the potential to generate major government revenue for the country and is recognized as a valuable source of revenue to develop the national economy. The security background means that the central government is hampered in its ability to manage and enforce revenue collection in accordance with its laws. Building on earlier efforts, President Ashraf Ghani announced reforms specific to the extractive sector as part of a wider anti-corruption package in May 2016.

Afghanistan has been suffering almost 30 years of war, conflict, and domestic violence. This destroyed badly the mining system and an environment of cooperation between government and community people. A recent World Bank report highlighted that poverty in Afghanistan increased, and 39% of the Afghan population lives below the national poverty line,(Afghanistan is a country of rich mining). The role of community people was ignored in the mining sector.

At OFRD we realize that the conservative nature of Afghan society requires innovative approaches to ensure that Afghan people are not left out of decision-making process of mining in their own communities. OFRD works to respond to such challenges, whilst working closely with Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP), Deputy Ministry of Youth Affairs (DMoYA), Ministry of Women Affair (MoWA), Afghanistan media organizations, Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) and CSOs.