The Final Workshop in the Fellowship for Afghanistan 2013 Cycle concludes in Kabul

16 March 2014, Kabul, Afghanistan - UNITAR held the final workshop in the Fellowship for Afghanistan 2013 Cycle in Kabul from 15 to 16 March. The workshop was attended by 76 representatives of the Government of Afghanistan and several alumni members of the Fellowship. Ms. Mihoko Kumamoto, head of the UNITAR, Hiroshima Office flew all the way from Hiroshima to participate in the final workshop and awarded certificate of accomplishment to successful fellows upon delivering their final presentations.
 
The Fellowship is an annual eight-month long programme which builds the capacity, and enhances the leadership, management and professional skills of a core group of senior government officials, academics and practitioners from Afghanistan. The Fellowship provides trainings on important themes such as organisation development and change, project design and implementation, and human resource development and management in order to help develop forces of change to facilitate the post-conflict reconstruction process in Afghanistan.
 
UNITAR acknowledges the commitment of all Fellows in 2013 Cycle and appreciate the dedication of Resource Persons, Mentors, and Coaches who worked tirelessly with Fellows to successfully graduate and help achieve the learning needs outlined ithe Fellowship.
 

78th UNITAR Public Session
International Women Day: Gender Empowerment?

11 March 2014, Hiroshima, Japan - The UNITAR Hiroshima Office recently held its 78th Public Session to examine the existing challenges and opportunities for women in Japan and other parts of the world. The Public Session was attended by more than 40 representatives of the wider Hiroshima community. Gender empowerment was the highlight of the day and to commemorate the International Women’s Day—March 8. 
Ms. Mihoko Kumamoto, Head of UNITAR Hiroshima Office, outlined the United Nations efforts to create better conditions for women to date and revealed the strategic vision of the UNITAR Hiroshima Office to incorporate gender awareness into office programme portfolio, in the coming years. The public session served as an opportunity to clarify some of the basic gender concepts and principles to reflect on the deeper meanings of the subject. Ms. Asako Osaki, Gender Expert examined the current situation of girls and women both in Japan and other parts of the world and detailed actions that have been taken so far, to improve their situation. Ms. Osaki presented real case scenarios based on her own experience, and stressed that women’s empowerment is important emerging theme around the world not only in terms of gender equality and human rights but also in the area of reviving stagnant economies and generating growth by utilizing women’ skills and potential in nation development. 
11 March 2014, Hiroshima, Japan - The UNITAR Hiroshima Office recently held its 78th Public Session to examine the existing challenges and opportunities for women in Japan and other parts of the world. The Public Session was attended by more than 40 representatives of the wider Hiroshima community. Gender empowerment was the highlight of the day and to commemorate the International Women’s Day—March 8. 
Ms. Mihoko Kumamoto, Head of UNITAR Hiroshima Office, outlined the United Nations efforts to create better conditions for women to date and revealed the strategic vision of the UNITAR Hiroshima Office to incorporate gender awareness into office programme portfolio, in the coming years. The public session served as an opportunity to clarify some of the basic gender concepts and principles to reflect on the deeper meanings of the subject. Ms. Asako Osaki, Gender Expert examined the current situation of girls and women both in Japan and other parts of the world and detailed actions that have been taken so far, to improve their situation. Ms. Osaki presented real case scenarios based on her own experience, and stressed that women’s empowerment is important emerging theme around the world not only in terms of gender equality and human rights but also in the area of reviving stagnant economies and generating growth by utilizing women’ skills and potential in nation development. 
11 March 2014, Hiroshima, Japan - The UNITAR Hiroshima Office recently held its 78th Public Session to examine the existing challenges and opportunities for women in Japan and other parts of the world. The Public Session was attended by more than 40 representatives of the wider Hiroshima community. Gender empowerment was the highlight of the day and to commemorate the International Women’s Day—March 8. 
 
Ms. Mihoko Kumamoto, Head of UNITAR Hiroshima Office, outlined the United Nations efforts to create better conditions for women to date and revealed the strategic vision of the UNITAR Hiroshima Office to incorporate gender awareness into office programme portfolio, in the coming years. The public session served as an opportunity to clarify some of the basic gender concepts and principles to reflect on the deeper meanings of the subject. Ms. Asako Osaki, Gender Expert examined the current situation of girls and women both in Japan and other parts of the world and detailed actions that have been taken so far, to improve their situation. Ms. Osaki presented real case scenarios based on her own experience, and stressed that women’s empowerment is an important emerging theme around the world not only in terms of promoting gender equality and human rights but also in the area of reviving stagnant economies and generating growth by utilizing women’ skills and potential in nation development.
 

Minister of Finance of Afghanistan visits UNITAR Hiroshima Office, signs new Memorandum of Understanding

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed recently between UNITAR Hiroshima Office and the Ministry of Finance of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in order to deepen the partnership to date and to serve as a framework for future cooperation.

UNITAR was honoured to host H.E. Dr. Omar Zakhilwal, Minister of Finance of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan as well as Mr. Musa Kamawi, Human Resources Director, Ministry of Finance, in both Hiroshima and Tokyo, Japan. The Minister’s presence allowed for bilateral discussion on the possibilities, and requirements of nurturing and strengthening cooperation further between UNITAR and the Ministry of Finance so as to contribute to overall human capacity development processes in Afghanistan.

H.E. Minister Zakhilwal was briefed on the many programmes the Hiroshima Office undertakes in Afghanistan, stretching back to 2003. With an alumni of over 450 Afghan Civil Servants trained to date, the Minister commented upon the quality of the programmes offered, as well as the impact that he has seen over his many years of engagement with the Hiroshima Office.

H.E. Minister Zakhilwal paid a visit to Hiroshima Governor, Hidehiko Yuzaki as well as Mayor, Kazumi Matsui. During his meeting H.E. Zakhilwal expressed gratitude to the Hiroshima Prefectural government and the City of Hiroshima for their continuous and generous support to Afghanistan through UNITAR Hiroshima Office that are providing capacity building trainings to hundreds of Afghan civil servants in various fields.

H.E. Minister Zakhilwal (left) with Ms. Mihoko Kumamoto, Head, UNITAR Hiroshima Office (right) signing MoU

Representatives of the Afghan private sector strengthen skills on agri-business, leadership and, management

UNITAR, through its Hiroshima Office, trained 14 representatives of the private sector of Afghanistan on agri-business, leadership and, management skills in a workshop which took place between 27 to 31 January 2014, in Hiroshima and Tokyo, Japan.

UNITAR was honoured to host for the workshop a senior government official, Minister Advisor to the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan H.E. Engineer Mohammad Yousuf Pashtun. The Senior Ministers attendance allowed for two-way discussion with participants on the possibilities, practicalities, and requirements of nurturing and strengthening cooperation and coordination between government and business in Afghanistan so as to contribute to overall development.

Also in attendance, were representatives of the federal government of the United States of America, observing the training and methodologies employed.

The workshop was developed in collaboration with the OXUS Group of Afghanistan. The objectives of the workshop included participants gaining:

  • An understanding of their own personality style, and how that impacts leadership
  • A deeper understanding of the nature of teams and how to lead them
  • Skills fundamentally important to leadership in the private sector
  • An outline of the benefits of effective communication, and skills to improve communication
  • An outline of the post-conflict reconstruction process as undertaken by Japan and Hiroshima
  • A deeper understanding of agri-business models from Japan

The workshop incorporated presentations, in-depth practical exercises and study tours, as well as a special session held at the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Tokyo. In order to capitalize and effectively follow-up on the workshop, the Hiroshima Office will be holding a secondary session in Kabul in three months time, which will examine implementation of the training provided with all participants.


Afghan civil servants strengthen skills on small and medium enterprise development


UNITAR, through its Hiroshima Office, trained 20 representatives of the civil service of Afghanistan on small and medium enterprise (SME) development in a workshop which took place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, between 30 November and 5 December. The workshop brought together senior government officials from Kabul, including two Vice-Ministers, and their counterparts from several provinces, which allowed for in-depth discussion covering a range of issues from policy to implementation.

The workshop was developed in collaboration with the Afghanistan Civil Service Institute, UNDP Afghanistan, Ministry of Commerce and Industries of Afghanistan, Ministry of Economy of Afghanistan, and ProFound. The objectives of the workshop included strengthening an understanding of:

  • SME entrepreneurship and leadership
  • SME development in the Afghan context
  • SME development in a rural context
  • Tools and services that are available to support and develop SME entrepreneurship and business in Afghanistan
  • Stakeholder identification and integration
  • Effective management of change
The workshop incorporated presentations, in-depth practical exercises and study tours, and will be followed up with a secondary session in three months, which will examine implementation of the training provided with all participants.

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UNITAR, through its Hiroshima Office, trained 14 representatives of the private sector of Afghanistan on agri-business, leadership and, management skills in a workshop which took place between 27 to 31 January 2014, in Hiroshima and Tokyo, Japan.

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