Kandahar communities call for more dialogue with elected officials – Reliefweb

KANDAHAR – The need for dialogue and shared decision-making between elected officials and communities was a subject of discussion at a recent UN-backed televised debate in Kandahar province.

In a lively debate, panelists, consisting of members from civil society, the provincial council and peace committees stressed the importance of dialogue, engagement and shared decision making between elected officials and citizens to foster not only peace but sustainable development in the region.

“Elected officials can use their influence and open channels of dialogue with communities through tribal elders and community representatives said Mr. Naser Mubariz, a member of the civil society in Kandahar and a panelist.

For Athaullah Ata, a member of the Kandahar provincial council, dialogue is already taking place and the council actively engaging and reaching out to communities on peace processes and other programs. “We have extended our outreach to all districts that are relatively safe and together we are working on building peace,” he said.

Kandahar, a mountainous and rural province, shares a long rugged border with Pakistan to the south and east. The restive region, is also known for its agricultural products, in particular…. Read More on Reliefweb