Professional Education and Training

Professional Education and Training:

With the implementation of ARDSS (Agriculture and Rural Development Sector Strategy) as well as CRD (Comprehensive Rural Development Strategy), the need for developing a strong cadre of professionally skilled personnel at different levels through human resource development has become an important imperative. Since there is no certain focus on rural development studies in the current education curriculum of universities in the country, the task becomes more challenging and urgent. Developing a broad framework of capacity building is an important task of AIRD, which has been established as an academic centre for rural development studies to build human capacity needed for execution of CRD. Training & Education unit is, therefore, one of the important pillars of AIRD.


  • Enhance the professional capacity of MRRD’s officials
  • Empower local self-governing institutions (hereinafter LSGIs) for implementation of the CRD approach
  • Promote the role of local governance institutions and support decentralization

The training and Education section of AIRD particularly focuses on (i) Rural Development Planning, (ii) Rural Development Management; (iii) Local Governance, (iv) Rural Development and  (v) Gender Studies

Training Database AIRD by 2007-2011

The target group (clientele) include:

  1. MRRD’s Officials
  2. District and Community level Social Change Agents (social workers, health workers, extension workers, etc.)
  3. LSGIs’ members
  4. Civil Society organizations & private sector.
  5. Staff of other key ministries and gov. departments

The long term plan of Training and Education program of the department will include, besides the Short and Medium Terms Training, comprising orientation course on CRD, elements of rural development, knowledge and skill development courses, and in-services course on various issues of rural development;

  1. Popular Education
  2. Undergraduate Education Program in Rural/Regional Planning
  3. Post Graduate Program in Rural Development

Since, 2008, this unit has been implementing various capacity development projects, Result Based Management Project funded by GTZ, Capacity Development Program for formal and Informal Local Self Governance Institutions (LSGIs) and Social/Community workers, Capacity Building Program for CDCs/DDAs and Social Workers funded by AECID (Spanish Agency for International Development), Capacity Building and Institutional Development Project in Kandahar funded by CIDA IALP-2 Project, Strengthen Support Community-Led Development Structure funded by JICA, and some other pilot phase capacity building projects. Besides, The capacity building of MRRD core staff, the training unit of AIRD has been working in nine provinces in south, south-west, west, north, central and north-east region of the country.

All the subjects of training courses have been chosen based on the standard needs of social workers and members of local shuras. The capacity building and training courses of institute are implemented in the following four phases with specific subjects:

  1. Awareness Raising (ToT, decentralization, & good governance)
  2. Knowledge Development (social mobilization, participatory approach (PRA), rural development and local governance, strategic planning, project management and Do No Harm)
  3. Skill Development (leadership, working with conflict, participatory monitoring & evaluation, and public audit)
  4. Attitude Change (Evaluation & monitoring of courses and follow up trainings)

Based on the experience of AIRD, the cascade method is used to transfer skills and knowledge from central to grassroots institutions. First, the AIRD national advisors and international consultants train AIRD trainers at the central level. The AIRD trainer’s later work as facilitators and transfer the skill and knowledge to Social Workers (SWs). The SWs will work directly with strengthened CDC and DDA members at the district and village levels.  During this phase, the AIRD trainers will monitor and evaluate the SWS trainings courses in the villages.

Achievements of Training Unit:

  • From 2008 till end of 2009: Training Section of Afghanistan Institute for Rural Development (AIRD) trained 1281 people , especially MRRD central staffs, RRD staffs, and  Social workers in different subjects such as Management, Training of Trainers, Project Cycle Management, Participatory Rural Appraisals, Rapid Rural Appraisals, Skill development, English Language, Computer programs, Result Based Management, Proposal Writing, Rural Development, Do No Harm, Counter Narcotics Toolkit etc. in 34 provinces of Afghanistan.
  • First six months of  2010: the Training Unit reached to the following achievements:
  • Completed survey of Local Self Governance Institutions (LSGIs)
  • TNA (Training Needs Assessment) of SWs and LSGIs
  • Drafts of 10 training manuals/modules
  • Trained 363 SWs and 163 MRRD AIRD staffs through different national and international training courses
  • Trained 1682 members of local shuras on Good governance, DNA, Conflict Resolution and Peace Building
  • Facilitated  international scholarships for 23 MRRD staff
  • 82 training courses facilitated  for MRRD staff, SWs and LSGIs members in 201

According to AIRD strategic plan the Training Unit is mandated to provide sustainable Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate Education Programmes. This is a medium and long term plan to be taken up once AIRD gains strength. In the meanwhile, the unit has entered into partnership with National Institute for Rural Development(NIRD) India, to enroll 29 MRRD staff  in the one year Post Graduate Education Programme on Sustainable Rural Development in 2010 offered by NIRD. This is distance learning course in two semesters.  The important lectures will be directly conducted by Indian experts in AIRD through contact class sessions. AIRD intends to gradually expand the programme and offer this programme locally with support from NIRD.

What does Training and Education unit offer?

  • Training Need Assessment for all line ministries
  • Custom designed training programme for line ministries on,
    • Micro planning
    • Social planning
    • Good governance

Workshop Conducted in 2011

  • Five-day training workshop  was conducted (15-20 Jan 2011) on Management, Leadership and Communication in Takhar province: for more details click here
  • Six-day training workshop was conducted (29 Jan - 3 Feb, 2011) on Social Change and Rural Development in Jawzjan province: for more details click here

  • Six-day training was conducted on Rule of Law from 29 Jan–3 Feb 2011 in Nangarhar province: for more details click here

  • Six-day training  was conducted (26 Feb- 3 March 2011) on Rule of Law in Jawzjan province: for more details click here

  • Six- day training  was conducted (26 Feb- 3 March 2011) on Rule of Law in Baghlan province: for more details click here

  • Six- day training was conducted on Rule of Law from 12 –17 March 2011 in Samangan province: for more details click here

  • Six-day training workshop was conducted (12-17 March 2011) on Management, Leadership and Communication in Nangarhar province: for more details click here