SHURA Beneficiary Selection & Registration Training Workshop, Herat & Kabul

The SHURA programme, implemented by the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation (MoRR) with technical assistance from UN-Habitat, will distribute land and housing support to 3,000 IDP and returnee families in Herat Province in 2020.

To facilitate effective beneficiary section, MoRR and UN-Habitat conducted a two day beneficiary selection workshop for newly hired staff task of Herat’s Beneficiary Selection Center. The Workshop, held on November 2nd and 3rd at Herat’s Sadaf International Hotel, oriented staff on the SHURA registration and assessment processes. A total of 27 newly hired staff (12 female & 15 male) participated in the workshop.

The workshop began with a recitation of the Holy Quran, followed by opening remarks from the Director of Refugees and Repatriations, Mr. Mohammad Jawid Nadem. Mr. Nadem thanked UN-Habitat for its continuous support for MoRR, particularly the directorate in Herat province. He elaborated on the importance of the SHURA programmeme towards the implementation of Presidential Decree 305 (PD305) for land allocation and housing support to IDPs and Returnees in Herat.

UN-Habitat’s National Programme Manager, Mr. Hamed Samim, thanked government officials, particularly DoRR, for their continuous cooperation for the successful implementation of SHURA in Herat province. UN-Habitat’s Mr. Habibullah Wahdat then provided participants with a brief background of the SHURA programme.

The two-day workshop provided training to participants on the following topics: displacement trends in Afghanistan; the PD 305 legal and policy framework for beneficiary selection; systems for fair, transparent and efficient selection of beneficiaries; core principles that underpin the Eligibility Assessment (EA) system (to provide a grounding for further training in specialized roles, such as biometric capture, IT, etc.); the processes for up-scaling the EA as new land becomes available for allocation to returnees and IDPs, and EA application to other government programs.

The workshop used interactive, participatory approaches, with participants encouraged to ask questions and engage in discussions. Participants took part in short lectures that explained key terminologies and concepts, individual and group tasks and open discussions.

Day 1 included a presentation highlighting the complexity and extent of displacement in Afghanistan, and how it affects different groups, including origin and host communities. Participants provided examples of recent displacement in Herat, namely Badghis and Farah, highlighting the challenges IDPs and returnees have faced.

Day 2 included training on acceptable behavior in the workplace, incorporating a video and participant discussion. Training was then given on the process of implementing the EA at the Beneficiary Selection Centre. Samples of documents proving IDP and returnee eligibility were studied, including relevant documents issued by UNHCR, MoRR, and IOM. The participants were also informed about the process of registration through a detailed presentation.

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