To promote stability in conflict-affected areas of Afghanistan, the SIKA-East program sought to increase citizen confidence in district-level government. The program supported efforts to improve governance and effective service delivery by promoting participation in governance processes. This included providing women with a platform to connect with district leaders and local authorities.

Solutions and Involvement

AECOM supported SIKA-East by working with provincial and district officials to develop tools and processes to sustain responsive and accountable governance. Events were held to encourage women to participate and engage in defining district challenges and priorities with local decision makers. The program examined how women influence traditionally male-dominated decision-making in Afghanistan and encouraged diverse perspectives.

Achievements and Outcomes

Women leaders from District Development Assemblies’ communication committees achieved significant and sustainable gender empowerment. These leaders demonstrated resourcefulness, creativity and leadership to raise awareness of women’s priorities, connect with the government to obtain services and increased the overall voice of women in rural areas.

Women were highly represented during meetings with line department officials. Communications committee meetings created public outreach plans and other mechanisms to share information and advocate for local priorities. In total, more than 9,000 women attended 1,377 meetings across all 30 SIKA-East districts, laying the groundwork for future government-led engagement with female community leaders.

Our Work and the SDGs

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been adopted by countries to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. AECOM supports the SDGs. You can read AECOM’s Sustainability Report 2016  to learn more about how our work on clients’ projects, like this one, is helping transform the world.