Our Projects

UNDP's work in Afghanistan is divided into four thematic areas – Democratic Governance, Environment and Energy, Women's Empowerment, and Crisis Prevention and Recovery. The projects and programmes below are specifically designed to meet Afghanistan's dual security and development challenges,involving not only government ministries, but also the people of Afghanistan to provide local solutions to national challenges.


Poverty Reduction

  • National Area-Based Development Programme (NABDP) National Area-Based Development Programme (NABDP)Achieving a significant reduction in poverty in Afghanistan requires a strong focus on agriculture and rural employment generation, the promotion of sustainable livelihoods and the development of rural infrastructure. The National Area-Based Development Programme (NABDP) is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) and UNDP.

Democratic Governance

  • Making Budgets and Aid Work (MBAW)Making Budgets and Aid Work (MBAW)UNDP’s Making Budgets and Aid Work (MBAW) project provides technical assistance to the Ministry of Finance to develop institutional capacity for improved budget planning and management, policy and strategy development, including aid coordination, for better service delivery. The project strengthens the link between the Afghanistan National Development Strategy, the National Priority Programmes and the national budget.

  • Afghanistan Subnational Governance Programme (ASGP)Afghanistan Subnational Governance Programme (ASGP)ASGP is Afghanistan’s only comprehensive subnational governance programme, operating in all 34 provinces and supporting key provincial, district and municipal bodies, as well as the Government’s Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG). ASGP is fully aligned with the Government’s strategic vision of subnational governance, endorsed by the donor community, and presented in the National Priority Programme for Local Governance (NPPLG) and the Afghanistan National Development Strategy.

  • National Institution Building Project (NIBP) National Institution Building Project (NIBP)To bolster the Government of Afghanistan’s ability to effectively deliver public services to its citizens, UNDP launched the National Institution Building Project (NIBP) in 2010. Through the project, key Afghan civil servants at the national and sub-national levels improved their skills with the assistance of regional and international experts. NIBP directly supports 15 ministries and Government institutions and the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission, its main government partner.

  • Transitional Support to Elections in AfghanistanTransitional Support to Elections in AfghanistanEnhancing Legal and Electoral Capacity for Tomorrow (ELECT II) provided direct support to Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) from 2012 to mid 2015. It also supported the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC).

  • Enhancing Legal And Electoral Capacity For Tomorrow (ELECT II)Enhancing Legal And Electoral Capacity For Tomorrow (ELECT II)ELECT is the primary mechanism for international technical support to the electoral process in Afghanistan. ELECT II is the successor project to ELECT I (2006-2011). During the most recent elections in Afghanistan, the 2010 Wolesi Jirga (lower house of parliament) elections, while the Afghan electoral management bodies assumed responsibility for all major decisions associated with the electoral process, ELECT I performed a technical and operational supporting role. Despite considerable operational challenges and a complex political environment, the Afghan electoral management bodies sought to fulfill their Constitutional mandate to deliver a technically sound election, underscoring the need for the independence and integrity of the electoral authorities in order to maintain voter’s trust in the electoral process.

Crisis Prevention and Recovery

  • Afghanistan Peace & Reintegration Programme (APRP)Afghanistan Peace & Reintegration Programme (APRP)Through dialogue and reconciliation, the Government has extended an open hand to the Anti Government Elements (AGEs) though the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Programme (APRP), offering them a dignified and respectful way to renounce violence, to peacefully reintegrate into their communities and to separate themselves from their past while building a future for themselves, their families, and community.

  • Justice and Human Rights in Afghanistan (JHRA)Justice and Human Rights in Afghanistan (JHRA)The JHRA Project supports the overall strategy of Government to increase the Afghan public’s trust in State justice institutions. By contributing to the National Priority Programs (NPP) 5 on “Access to Justice for All” and 6 on “Human Rights and Civic Responsibilities”, JHRA seeks to provide necessary foundation for the re-establishment of State legitimacy between the Afghan State and its people.

  • Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA)Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA)In recognition of the need to build the police force, in May 2002, at the request of the Afghan Government and the United Nations Assistance Mission for Afghanistan (UNAMA), UNDP established LOTFA. The project supports payment of police salaries, acquisition of equipment, training and gender enhancement in the Afghan National Police.

Women's Empowerment

  • Gender Equality Project II (GEP II)Gender Equality Project II (GEP II)The Gender Equality Project II focuses on three major areas or problems that Afghan women currently face; first, lack or weak support provides to women’s right through policies and legal documents of Afghanistan; Second, feeble participation of women in the economic activities of country; this has resulted in women dependency economically on other family members.

Environment and Energy