01 September, 2014, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - The UNITAR Hiroshima Office recently successfully concluded Workshop II of its flagship Fellowship for Afghanistan Programme in Abu Dhabi. Held between 25 and 29 August, the Workshop examined Organisational Needs Assessment, Project Planning and Design, as well as Team Development and Management.

The Fellowship, in its 11th annual cycle, is a 7-month long programme which sees 60 Civil Servants from Afghanistan paired with Mentors from around the world in an innovative blended-learning environment. The 2014 Fellowship features participants from the following entities within Afghanistan:

  • The Afghanistan Civil Service Institute (ACSI)
  • The Agha Khan Foundation
  • De Afghanistan Breshna Shirkat (Power Utility Company)
  • The Mine Clearance Program for Afghanistan
  • Ministry of Borders and Tribal Affairs
  • Ministry of Counter Narcotics
  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Ministry of Public Health
  • Ministry of Public Works
  • Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development
  • National Assembly (Wolosi Jirga, Parliament)
  • Office of the Administrative Affairs

Resource Persons at the Workshop included Dr Michael Fors, of Microsoft Corporation, and Professor David Eaton, of the University of Texas at Austin. The Abu Dhabi workshop will be followed up by online mentoring sessions, as well as video-conferences examining the following;

  • Social Capital and Civil Society
  • Risk Mitigation
  • Results-based Management

The next workshop of the Fellowship will be held in Hiroshima in November.