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EU offers $13.4m for local governance improvement

AT-KABUL: The Delegation of European Union to Afghanistan on Wednesday announced a new aid package worth 13.4 million US dollars to improve local governance in the war-hit country.

“The EU has signed a contribution agreement to the Local Governance project, Afghanistan (LoGo), with the aim of improving the capacity of Provincial Governor Offices and Provincial Councils, improving revenue generation at municipal level, strengthening the oversight capacity of the civil society and, assisting the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) in developing policies to improve local government accountability,” the EU delegation to the country said in a media statement.

According to the statement, the project will support the IDLG’s three priorities, including service delivery, accountability and clear functions and mandates of government institutions.

“The project is built on a new theory of change aimed at improving service delivery by enhancing the accountability and transparency of the local governments to women and men of Afghanistan and building the capacity of local institutions to plan, budget and monitor service delivery effectively with the ultimate aim of increasing the legitimacy of the government and the trust between the state and society,” the statement said.

The project will be implemented in 13 provinces and 22 municipalities within three years by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

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