The Institute for Governance’s last Parliamentary Triangle Series event for 2012 didn’t disappoint with guests treated to a rare insight into Understanding Afghanistan from the wisdom of His Excellency Mr Nasir Ahmad Andisha, Ambassador of Afghanistan.
Understanding Afghanistan: From Relief to Development was held at the National Press Club on the 29th November, 2012. Over 70 guests attend including some senior representatives from AusAID, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and most notably from the Afghanistan Embassy.
In keeping with tradition the latest Parliamentary Triangle series event brought together some key thinkers in the development area included panel facilitator Virginia Haussegger, Professor Sultan Barakat, Professor Mark Evans, Adib Farhadi, Dr Nouria Salehi OAM and Tony Preston-Stanley.
Guests were treated to some very personal accounts of panellist’s experiences in Afghanistan before engaging in a thought provoking discussion on moving beyond relief to the development process. A focal point the panel discussion came from Adib Farhadi when he noted that three things were affecting Afghanistan in the development process; capacity building, coordination and corruption.
This event was also used as a launch opportunity for the Institute’s new program, Centre for Post-crisis Leadership and Development in collaboration with the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit, University of York.
The Institute is hoping to see the Centre for Post-crisis Leadership and Development as the mark of new relationships with key government and NGO partnerships.