“Dastarkhwan-e-Meli” government program will be benefitting an estimated 4.1 million households with incomes of $2 a day or less and covering 90 percent of households in the country, The COVID-19 Relief Effort for Afghan Communities and Households Project will benefit some 2.9 million households across Afghanistan. The COVID Relief Effort for Afghan Communities and Households project will complement a parallel relief effort organized under the Citizens’ Charter Afghanistan Project (CCAP).
The COVID-19 Relief Effort for Afghan Communities and Households Project is implemented through the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD), the Independent Directorate for Local Governance (IDLG), and the Kabul Municipality. It will help provide relief to Afghan households through grants to Community Development Councils (CDCs) to purchase food and sanitation packages for households in their respective communities. By directly procuring these goods from local wholesalers and retailers, the communities will also help support small businesses in their localities. The new assistance will help the government enhance community service delivery through CDCs under the Citizens’ Charter program and reduce the immediate impacts of the pandemic on households across the country.
Citizen Charter COVID-19 Relief Efforts are taking place in 12,000+ Rural and 850 Urban Communities through Social Inclusion Grants (SIG)
Rural implemented by MRRD:
The relief efforts at the community level implemented by CDCs, with the help of CCAP’s Vulnerable Group Development (VGD) Division in MRRD. The CDCs supported by their VGD Sub-Committees and Youth Committees, as well as by Mullahs/Imams and teachers in the implementation of the relief efforts. Elders are involved in the implementation as long as their ages permit (no older than 55 years of age). Social Organizers visit each community three to four times to (a) do outreach explaining the relief efforts, (b) update community profiles, review basic health messages during COVID-19 with the public authorities (who may use loudspeakers to transmit these messages), identify those that will not receive the relief package, prepare and submit the relief proposal to the Provincial Management Units, (c) plan distribution events to deliver relief packages with social distancing measures, (d) consider all gender sensitive approaches and interventions for communication and distribution as specified under COVID Relief Effort for Afghan Communities and Households Project, and (e) monitor distribution events.
Urban implemented by IDLG:
In cities, CDCs the main implementation body, but here where VGD Sub-Committees do not exist, the Youth Sub-Committees support the CDCs’ various activities, particularly in the door-to-door distribution. Imams/Mullahs and Nahia officials need to be involved as well and take part in meetings.