Afghanistan Subnational Governance Programme (ASGP)


UNDP Afghanistan: UNDP’s Afghanistan Subnational Governance Programme supported the Customer Service Center in Mazar-e-Sharif’s municipality, which brings to citizens more efficient and transparent services.

For most of Afghanistan’s history, central government and its services barely extended beyond Kabul. In most provinces and districts, tribal traditions and influential local leaders were in control.

Afghanistan’s 2004 Constitution established new forms of provincial and district government to promote effective democratic governance and service delivery.

The Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) soon assumed responsibility for leading and coordinating Afghanistan’s new subnational governance. The IDLG develops policy, appoints Provincial and District Governors and Mayors, coordinates democratically-elected Provincial Councils, and administers the offices and staff of all the above.

Governance reform is one of Afghanistan’s most visible successes over the last decade, but more needs to be done. The government’s writ and services have extended to many provinces and districts but don’t reach all areas. Pioneering policies and legislation have been developed and introduced but implementation is uneven and further reform is necessary. Governors’ offices coordinate development and governance, Provincial Councils represent citizens and many municipalities are efficient organisations, but these offices’ resources, functions and influence vary widely. 

Response


The Afghanistan Subnational Governance Programme (ASGP) supports governance reforms in the country’s 34 provinces. It is the only comprehensive source of support to Provincial and District Governors Offices, Provincial Councils, municipalities and the IDLG.

Policy support to IDLG

ASGP has supported the development of the Afghanistan Subnational Governance Policy, the National Priority Programme in Local Governance, Provincial Council and municipal legislation and regulations, and the introduction of merit-based recruitment of district governors. This support has included pioneering gender mainstreaming and gender initiatives, such as the IDLG’s first Gender Mainstreaming Policy and Afghanistan’s first Anti-Harassment guideline for all provincial district and municipal governance offices. ASGP has also supported the development of guidelines and toolkits that clarify the roles and responsibilities of Provincial and District Governors Offices.

Capacity development for Provincial and District governance and service delivery

ASGP supports capacity development for all 34 Provincial Governors Offices and Provincial Councils, as well as some District Governors Offices. This training and technical support allows the offices to fulfill their responsibilities in areas such as governance and service delivery, public outreach and financial management. As a result, communities have increased access to government services, people have a greater say in governance issues that affect them and institutions function more efficiently.

Support to municipalities

ASGP supports 21 Provincial and District municipalities in areas such as property and business registration, waste management and cleaning and greening. Our work also focuses on public accountability, public outreach and supporting municipalities to raise revenue to become more sustainable. 

 

What we have accomplished so far?



  • Subnational Governance Policy and National Priority Programme for Local Governance approved and implemented.
  • Roles and responsibilities of subnational bodies in relation to governance and service delivery clearly identified.
  • Main government priorities in local governance clearly identified.
  • Central and local government better able to set and meet priorities that promote effective and inclusive local governance and deliver services that improve people’s lives.
  • Provincial Development Plans completed/updated in 34 provinces, identifying local needs and solutions in areas such as social services, governance and security.
  • All Provincial Councils successfully inaugurated by 2015, following elections in 2014. (20% of Provincial Council members are women.)
  • Support provided to female Provincial Council regional forums and gender training for all Provincial Council members.
  • Every Provincial Council member oriented on their roles under the Subnational Governance Policy.
  • Provincial Council law amended so that Provincial Council members monitor service delivery, oversee local governance and resolve disputes.
  • Revenue planning introduced in 40 municipalities to allow them to raise revenue and deliver services independent of the government.

Who Finances it?

Donor name

Amount contributed per year in US$

2014

EUROPEAN UNION

84,039

GOVERNMENT OF REPUBLIC OF KOREA

3,000,000

GOVERNMENT OF DENMARK

86,000

GOVERNMENT OF SWEDEN

6,773,613

GOVERNMENT OF SWITZERLAND

3,160,371

2013

GOVERNMENT OF DENMARK

320,000

GOVERNMENT OF REPUBLIC OF KOREA

475,543

GOVERNMENT OF FINLAND

669,390

GOVERNMENT OF JAPAN

2,000,000

GOVERNMENT OF FRANCE

405,551

GOVERNMENT OF REPUBLIC OF KOREA

5,000,000

GOVERNMENT OF UNITED KINGDOM

651,466

GOVERNMENT OF SWEDEN

6,887,052

GOVERNMENT OF SWITZERLAND

1,047,410

2012

GOVERNMENT OF SWEDEN

3,756,010

GOVERNMENT OF JAPAN

4,989,196

2011

GOVERNMENT OF AUSTRALIA

1,000,000

EUROPEAN UNION

10,203,890

GOVERNMENT OF SWITZERLAND

1,837,634

Delivery in previous fiscal year in US$

Dec 2014

18,528,839

Dec 2013

21,046,071

Dec 2012

17,026,501

Dec 2011

12,760,921

At a Glance
Start Date:
January 2010
End Date:
Sept 2015
Geographic coverage:
All 34 provinces of Afghanistan
Focus Area:
Subnational Governance and Development
Project Contact
Chief Technical Advisor, Christopher Carter, christopher.carter@undp.org or UNDP Programme unit, shoaib.timory@undp.org
Implementing Partners:
Independent Directorate of Local Governance. Other Key Partners: Provincial and District Governors Offices; Provincial Councils; Municipalities, Civil Society.
Other Key Partners:
Offices of Provincial and District Governor; Provincial and District Councils, Municipalities
Implementation Modality:
Direct Implementation
Total Budget:
US$ 139,000,000
Donor Budget Contribution:
US$ 80,731,484
UNDP Afghanistan Budget Contribution:
US$ 7,000,518
Donors:
Australia, Denmark, Estonia, European Commission, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, UNDP Core, United Kingdom.
Aligned to National Priority Programme 4:
Local Governance
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