Key elements of context
- Communities already having functioning CDCs through related programming
- However no civil society actors present in Nimroz
- Very limited outlets or options for population to address issues they faced, particularly for the most vulnerable
- Population had little or no awareness of their rights and the role of government
- Provincial and district level governance in Nimroz province was/is very weak through lack of capacity and resources
There is recognition that there has been very limited contact between government and the population, this follows a protracted period of conflict in country where it was not possible for a mechanism of strong and reactive government to be in place. In addition government departments in Afghanistan are not independent but are arms of the central Kabul ministries, with director's appointments made from Kabul; the same applies for district and provincial governors. This system may also contribute to a disconnect with the local population. Because RI has been working with communities in Nimroz since 2007 we knew that there was little opportunity for community members to discuss their concerns with government officials.