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Unemployment looms, Takhar NGOs have no projects

Unemployment looms, Takhar NGOs have no projects

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10 Aug 2022 - 11:14
Unemployment looms, Takhar NGOs have no projects
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10 Aug 2022 - 11:14

TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Heads of several local non-government organisations (NGOs) in northern Takhar province complain they are facing unemployment due to a shortage of resources for the execution of projects.

Saboor Joya, chief of two organisations in Takhar, has implemented many projects in the province in cooperation with foreign NGOs.

But currently he has no project because foreign donors have stopped implementing development, cultural and educational projects in Takhar.

Joya called security issues and delays in project implementation the main factors behind his inability to get any project this last year or win donor support.

Since domestic NGOs were familiar with the overall situation in the country, he suggested, they could better execute projects than foreign organisations. But the lack of donors is the basic problem being faced by Takhar-based NGOs.

He urged the government to facilitate the execution of projects in the country through foreign organisations in order to reduce the level of unemployment.

Nargis (not a real name), told Pajhwok she had worked for seven years for different NGOs in Takhar, Badakhshan, and Kunduz provinces. But at the moment, she is unemployed as NGOs have stopped their activities.

Nargis said she was the breadwinner for her eight-member family. As a result of her joblessness, she and her family members are in dire straits.

She urged the government to pay serious heed to the work and activities of women in Afghanistan.

Syed Hakim Ibrahimi, a teacher at the Takhar University, characterised the role of NGOs as useful in structuring the system and understanding of the people and government servants.

Fida Rahman, director of economy, stressed the role of local organisations in the implementation of development, education and public awareness projects in partnership with global NGOs.

Previously, he recalled, at least 12 international entities were active in different areas of economic and social development in Takhar. But after the change in the political system, they abandoned projects and closed their offices.

According to Rahman, about 39 of the 54 local NGOs working with international organisations currently had no work in hand. They are inactive while 15 others are working on small schemes.

The official acknowledged the absence of women in local organisations. He assured there was no security problem for international organisations and the government would cooperate with them in all areas.

sa/mud

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