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Improving Coordination among Civil Society Institution

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19 June 2017
Monthly Media Meeting Series
In recent several months civil society organizations in Balkh have been divided and dispersed to the extent that they prefer to work separately from each other and as a result the impact of their work has been diminished on society and public opinion.
Community and media center Balkh (Maulana Peace House), with a deep understanding of the issue in question, committed it its monthly media meeting to discussing and analyzing the issue with 34 participants representing civil society organizations, university professors, civil society activists, students and board members of the Union of Civil Institutions of Balkh Province.
The participants unanimously agreed that there is lack of proper coordination among civil society organizations based in Balkh and it is worrying trend for the civil society movement.
They pointed out that the monopoly of some civil institutions, lack of purpose, excessive focus on project instead of long term outcome, seeking individual and personal interests, indifference to civil activities, negative attitudes among institutions against each other, inability of civic institutions to excite positive thinking in society, lack of a strong and sound management among some civil institutions, among other issue have contributed to the dispersal and scattering of civil society organizations in Balkh province.
Participants also pointed out that some civil society institutions and organizations have strong ethnic, regional, and political affiliations and this trend is very harmful to civil movements in Afghanistan.
It is worth mentioning that this is the first coordination meeting among civil society organizations organized by Community and media center Balkh (Maulana Peace House). The meeting aimed to bring together leading civil society organizations to work out a mechanisms for improve coordination among civil society institutions.