OUR FOCUS

Democratic governance
peacebuilding

Strengthening responsive and inclusive institutions

After a decade of international security and development support, the governance infrastructure of Afghanistan remains fragile, with the need to strengthening the role of parliament and subnational institutions and increasing citizen access to and the responsiveness of state services.

While many governance-related improvements of note have been achieved – for example, the development of civil society, increased parliamentary transparency, expansion of government services and of legal guarantees for women's rights - other governance indicators are deteriorating, including those related to corruption, accountability, and human rights.

By bolstering legitimate and inclusive political and constitutional processes – including support for Afghanistan’s elections in 2018 – we foster a governance environment that is more conducive to promoting human rights, gender equality, security, jobs, and household income.

Improve Governance

UNDP assists government institutions to become more effective and accountable to the public. We work with ministries, parliament, civil society and other partners to make sure that institutions at all levels have clearer roles and responsibilities, are better at budgeting and planning, and can deliver a greater range and quality of services to communities across the country.

To assist in strengthening the primary civil service, we undertake capacity-building efforts across a range of national and subnational offices. By bolstering legitimate and inclusive political and constitutional processes – including support for Afghanistan’s first fully Afghan-led elections in 2014 and support to the electoral reform process in 2015 – we foster a governance environment that is more conducive to promoting human rights, gender equality, security, jobs and household income.

Increased parliamentary 

transparency and accountability

UNDP Afghanistan's parliamentary support project, ICSPA (Institutional and Capacity Support to the Parliament of Afghanistan) assisted the Meshrano Jirga in establishing a media pool that now provides live digital feeds of parliamentary proceedings to all journalists and more than 40 media outlets in Afghanistan for onward transmission to the public. This increased media access to parliamentary activities also increases parliamentary transparency, accountability, and public accountability.

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