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TITLE 2020 Capacity Building on the Formulation of the Afghanistan NSSP
DATE 2020-09-02 HIT 42
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2020 Capacity Building Program for the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Formulate the National Strategy & National Spatial Plan (NSSP)


》​ Introduction

From September 2 to 23, GDPC at KRIHS hosted the first Capacity-Building Program for the
Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Formulate the National Spatial Strategy
& National Spatial Plan (NSSP). This training program targeted high- and mid-level officials
of the central governments such as the Ministry of Urban Development and Land (MUDL) and
the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) that establish territorial development
policies and implement national-level spatial planning based on the knowledge obtained from
this training program.


Because of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the training program was changed from face-to-face
training to virtual training (mixture of recorded lectures and real-time discussion session through
video). The lectures were prepared as prerecorded video lectures (PPT with the lecturer’s voice)
along with various reference s. The participants were given one week per part (Part 1:
NSSP General, Part 2: NSSP Sectoral) to study the recorded lectures and provide questions and
comments. The participants’ progress was tracked through a Google survey every day. While having
four real-time discussion sessions, KRIHS aimed to explore the broad questions and challenges of
territorial development with the Afghan participants, KRIHS research fellows, and lecturers.


This training program is considered to be a meaningful opportunity for Afghan participants to
learn and understand Korea’s successful experience and expertise on economic development
and national territorial planning. The training program is expected to employ a participatory and
customized approach to identify the best solutions for Afghanistan.