PATRIP Foundation Road Show
On September 21, 2015, the PATRIP Foundation conducted a so called Road Show at the KfW branch office in Berlin.
The objective of this event was to inform about the Foundation`s achievements and as such raise the interest of Embassy representatives from Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates in PATRIP.
Among the guests were also the members of the PATRIP Supervisory Board, namely representatives of the German Federal Foreign Office and Luxembourg, as well as representatives of the new cooperation partner, the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Olaf Zymelka, KfW-Director and Chairman of PATRIP Foundation opens the workshop
Firstly, Mr. Olaf Zymelka, KfW-Director and Chairman of PATRIP Foundation, opened the workshop and welcomed the guests. He was followed by Mrs. Annett Günther, Deputy Director-General for Humanitarian Assistance, Crisis Prevention and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding at the German Federal Foreign Office, who pointed out the need for developing the border regions of Afghanistan in order to foster integration and stabilization of the region.
Then Mr. Jens Clausen, KfW-Head of Division and Vice Chairman of PATRIP Foundation, and Mrs. Diana Hedrich, KfW-Senior Project Manager and member of the board of PATRIP Foundation, gave an overview of "facts and figures" of the Foundation and its overall achievements to date. A folder with 20 new project concepts was introduced and distributed to the guests with the intention to attract funding for project realization.
The PATRIP partner organizations Aga Khan Development Network, Balochistan Rural Support Program and Wish International gave presentations on their project portfolios under PATRIP such as cross border energy supply, construction of border markets and bridges, the development of burn and trauma centers as well as the provision of youth and sports facilities.
As a special accomplishment partners reported on examples of cross border cooperation triggered through PATRIP like the training of Afghan health workers and doctors on burn and trauma treatment in Pakistan or the specific opening of border posts at the Afghan-Tajik border to enable better management and use of resources.
Mr. Jean Damy from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg spoke about Luxembourg's interest in the work of PATRIP Foundation and highlighted the advantages of being a member of the PATRIP family: PATRIP offers a donor platform and pools funds for projects in a fragile and remote region while at the same time ensuring high quality implementation and correct use of funds through its structures, procedures and the GFC Monitoring Consultants.
Mrs. Gry K. Waage, Director of the Legal and Financial Section of the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, elaborated on the longstanding cooperation between Norway and Germany on development and stabilization efforts in Afghanistan and the Central Asia region. She pointed out that the joint financing of a selected project under PATRIP is a great opportunity to continue this partnership. The speeches and presentations were followed by a Questions and Answers session moderated by Olay Zymelka.
Reception of PATRIP Foundation at the KfW branch in Berlin
At the end Mr. Friedrich Schröder, Desk Officer for Afghanistan Reconstruction and Development at the Division for Crisis Prevention, Stabilization and Conflict Management at the GFFO and member of the Supervisory Board of PATRIP Foundation, thanked the participants for their input and closed the official part of the event. The successful workshop ended with a buffet dinner reception.
Photos: Source: Jens Clausen/ Marcel Götzinger