Complexities of working in a fragile setting
The security situation has been a main challenge both in the design and implementation of the training programme. The current environment in Afghanistan makes it difficult to attract foreign lecturers, trainers and experts: for this reason some of the training had to be carried out in New Delhi, India. Although this is an opportunity for knowledge-sharing and south-south cooperation, it also puts a considerable strain on administrative staff, as it involves organizing travel and accommodation for participants in New Delhi about once per month.
The ever-changing political environment in the country, moreover, makes it difficult to maintain a stable dialogue with the partner organizations, as leadership changes are frequent.
Working in a fragile context, however, has proven a great opportunity for developing a training package on employment policies that takes into account the specificities of fragile settings, and could easily be adapted to other post-conflict and post-disaster contexts.