Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Programme (APRP)

UNDP Afghanistan: A former insurgent, now reintegrated into his community.

The collapse of the Taliban regime in 2001 raised great hopes among the Afghan people and the international community of achieving a peaceful, democratic and stable Afghanistan.

To help efforts to build lasting peace, a priority is to assist insurgents who renounce violence and accept the constitution, and to reintegrate them as productive members of their communities.

The government of Afghanistan has established the Afghan Peace and Reintegration Programme (APRP) to strengthen the capacity of national and sub-national institutions to support the peace process.  

Former insurgency foot soldiers and commanders are encouraged to join a constructive process of reintegration, giving up their weapons and living their lives under the laws of Afghanistan.


APRP is nationally led and implemented and combines the political, security and development dimensions of peace building.  The main objective of UNDP is to provide support to peace and reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan by assisting the High Peace Council, the Joint Secretariat, the Financial Oversight Committee Secretariat of APRP and partner line ministries.

UNDP assists the Joint Secretariat in the areas of policy advice, planning, capacity development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and the management of the Peace and Reintegration Trust Fund. As part of the trust fund management, UNDP ensures that donor funds are used in the most efficient and effective manner and in accordance with the guidance and endorsements of the Financial Oversight Committee.

A crucial area of UNDP assistance is the capacity building of Provincial Joint Secretariat Teams which, with guidance and support from the Provincial Peace Councils, reach out to insurgents and encourage their reintegration though disarmament activities, provision of transitional financial assistance and livelihoods skills building.

The provision of sustainable livelihoods enables former combatants to make a living for themselves and their families through peaceful means.

An example is the short and medium term employment of former insurgents and community members through routine maintenance of roads, a project implemented by the Ministry of Public Works. 

Other projects involve former combatants and members of their communities in vocational training, natural resource management and agriculture projects, and infrastructure projects.

What have we accomplished so far

  • 7375 former combatants have renounced violence, including local commanders and leaders. 
  • 7094 former combatants have received livelihood support through transitional financial assistance.
  • 33 Provincial Peace Committees engage in local outreach and negotiations, supported by 33 Provincial Joint Secretariat Teams.
  • 164 Small Grants Projects have been implemented and 82 projects have been completed. The projects are designed to provide livelihood assistance to former combatants and to reach out to more than 170,000 beneficiaries in communities around the country.
  • 1800 former insurgents and community members in eight provinces work on road maintenance jobs provided by the Ministry of Public Works.
  • 1200 former insurgents and 2,500 community members in fifteen provinces have benefited from 15 vocational training projects.
  • 1200 former insurgents and 13,000 community members in nine provinces are provided with labour opportunities generated by 58 reforestation projects, 13 fruit orchard projects and 17 irrigation projects, implemented by MAIL.

Who Finances it?

Donor name Amount contributed per year in US$
Denmark  2,569,813

South Korea $1,000,000
Germany $12,422,360
Spanish $6,666,667
Denmark $5,391,920
Italy $5,683,656
Netherland $2,500,000

Germany $13,480,751
Japan $52,055,941

Delivery in previous fiscal year in US$

Dec 2013 $46,852,078
Dec 2012 $34,390,235
Dec 2011 $9,478,883
Dec 2010 $738,245
At a Glance
Start Date:
August 2010
End Date:
July 2015
Implementing Partners:
Joint Secretariat and High Peace Council of Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Programme
Other Key Partners:
Non-state actors, International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) Force Reintegration Cell (FRIC)
Total Budget (5 years):
US$ 221,205,252
Donor (cost-sharing):
US$ 101,895,808
Project Officer:
Paul Mason, Chief Technical Advisor
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Project Summary

The Project Summary of Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Programme (APRP) covers in a two-page PDF document the issues, responses and achievements of this UNDP project in Afghanistan.

Project Document
  • Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Programme (APRP) Project Document English