Afghanistan: under one roof
Since 2002, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has been working in Afghanistan on behalf of the German Government to help drive the country’s development forward and improve living conditions. GIZ is carrying out this work under difficult conditions – Afghanistan has been beset by violent conflicts for over 30 years. Nevertheless, this work has achieved success in several areas, for example in supplying water. Today nearly half a million people have access to drinking water thanks to GIZ support. This was accomplished through the construction of over 700 drinking water systems such as wells, pipes and water reservoirs throughout the country.
GIZ’s main offices in Afghanistan are in the capital, Kabul. Now GIZ is planning to move to another part of Kabul in order to bring most of its offices under one roof – subject to the approval of the corporate bodies. The relocation was prompted by routine assessments of security precautions and the wish to capitalise on synergy effects and improve working conditions for staff. There will be no change in the volume of project work. The move within Kabul will put GIZ in an even better position to carry out effective activities in the long term. ‘We have been considering this for a long time,’ says Stefan Opitz, Director of the Pakistan, Afghanistan Division, ‘and we hope to achieve synergy effects and facilitate our work by bringing project staff and administrative staff together in one building.’ The plan is to move into an international compound, where staff living quarters and offices are in separate areas. GIZ will retain some of the existing properties, while others will be given up.