Advancing Efforts for Reform and Civic Accountability
The goal of USAID’s Advancing Efforts for Reform and Civic Accountability (AERCA) project is to assist the Afghan government to quickly become more responsive and effective in the delivery of core government services. Over the long term, AERCA will contribute to Afghan efforts to build effective and competent public institutions that are responsive to citizens. The program seeks to improve the government’s delivery of key services that result in tangible, visible changes benefitting citizens; and bolster governmental and civic mechanisms of oversight and accountability.
To achieve these objectives, DI partners with ministry officials to identify opportunities for reform and to develop unique strategies to implement those plans. AERCA also supports civil society organizations to conduct social accountability and public outreach projects. Through this component of the project, DI currently supports From Words to Action, a commitment tracking website to promote government accountability and The Candidate, a television series that engages youth and the general Afghan public on governance issues. Additional civil society projects will focus on government-citizen engagement and will include advocacy, monitoring of government service delivery and activity, and policy discussions.