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.
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.
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.