Signing ceremony in Afghanistan

27 April 2021, Kabul, Afghanistan / Hiroshima, Japan – UNITAR is pleased to announce that its Division for Prosperity and Capacity for Afghanistan (C4A), the country’s first official think tank, launched the new partnership designed to facilitate the development of joint training programmes that will support the country’s peacebuilding and professional development efforts. On 22 April 2021, the signing ceremony was held in Kabul. 

Under the agreement, the two organizations will jointly raise funds and implement the trainings, which  will also have a particular focus on marginalized people, as well as capture key lessons learned to be  widely shared among practitioners across the country. In addition to peace-building, the programmes will leverage UNITAR’s strengths in the areas of human resources and institutional capacity  development; entrepreneurship and the private sector; innovative leadership; gender equality and  women’s empowerment; trade and finance; and anti-corruption and financial crimes. 

Signing ceremony in Kabul

Today was a historic day as C4A successfully signed a memorandum of understanding with UNITAR. It will provide all contributing members the opportunity to enhance their profiles, benefit from  capacity-building and from a huge pool of UNITAR alumni,

said Mr. Imtiaz Sharifi, Director of C4A. "C4A and UNITAR will jointly work to improve lives, coherence in societies, and institutional  accountability, and promote peace. [We will] provide evidence-based research solutions and  recommendations to public-policy problems to promote effective service delivery, responsible government, inclusive and accountable decision-making in institutions, and equitable civic  participation and voice." 

We are excited to collaborate with C4A, an Afghan think tank with over 1,200 Afghan professionals, including more than 250 female experts,

said Ms. Mihoko Kumamoto, Director of UNITAR Division for Prosperity and Head of UNITAR Hiroshima Office, which has implemented various programmes for capacity development of young leaders in Afghanistan since its inauguration in 2003. “We are excited  to join forces with these Afghan experts to offer locally tailored learning solutions for the people of  Afghanistan.”

About Capacity for Afghanistan (C4A)

C4A is a platform initiated by highly educated and talented Afghans from all walks of life. Founded in  2017, with contributing members all over the world, the focus is to progress Afghan society while  maintaining identity. This is accomplished by setting long-term goals, by focusing on the future of  Afghanistan in 2100. The group currently boasts 1,500 members, 240 of whom are women. This  platform hopes to find modern solutions for the modern world specifically molded by Afghan citizens  and understanding of the context on the ground.

About UNITAR

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) provides innovative learning  solutions to individuals, organizations and institutions to enhance global decision-making and support  country-level action for shaping a better future. Located in Hiroshima, UNITAR's Division for  Prosperity offers world-class learning and knowledge-sharing services to present and future change makers from developing countries, particularly youth and women, that are designed to shape an  inclusive, sustainable and prosperous world. Our programmes are dedicated to addressing growing  inequalities, working in solidarity with diverse partners at the local, regional and global levels to the  global development agenda (SDGs) through impactful innovative training and learning opportunities  available to people around the world.

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