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UN-Habitat donates $33.9m for provincial services improvement

AT-KABUL: The UN-Habitat donated $33.9 million to Afghan government to improve good governance in eight big provinces of the country.

UN-Habitat Country’s Representative, Matthew French signed two agreements with the Chief of Independent Directorate of Local Governance, Ghulam Jilani Popal on Monday here in Kabul.

Ghulam Jilani Popal, the General Director of IDLG told media that the first agreement worth $20 million would be spent in urban infrastructures in the provinces of Kandahar, Herat, Balkh and Nanghar.

The purpose of the aid is to establish development local councils, reconstruction of governmental institutions like street, pathways and conducting capacity building trainings for the employees of municipalities.

He said that the second agreement worth $13.9 million will be spent for peace building through establishment of 95 developed local councils and conducting civil society campaigns in the provinces of Kabul, Kandahar, Herat, Daikundi, Bamyan, Nangarhar, Kunduz, Farah and Balkh.

Matthew French said what the people of Afghanistan need in the current situation is peace and stability.

He said the peace building program was a crucial scheme for inviting the armed opposition to join the peace process through development local councils.

UN-Habitat provided aids for urban development at least for the last two decades in Afghanistan.

The United Nations Human Settlements Program UN-Habitat is the United Nations agency that has been mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote sustainable towns and cities socially and economically to provide adequate shelter for all.

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