Our Projects

UNDP Afghanistan works in six areas: Environment, Gender, Governance, Health, Livelihoods and Rule of Law.

Our projects work with and complement each other so that the parts add up to a greater whole. Together, they bring long-lasting and transformative change for all of Afghanistan’s people, young and old, men and women.
 

Livelihoods

  • Afghanistan Sustainable Energy for Rural Development (ASERD)

    The ASERD programme plans to establish sustainable rural energy services in almost 200 rural communities over the next four years, providing both electric and thermal energy. Alongside the establishment of village level grids and thermal energy services, the project will pilot seven innovative financing and delivery models for eventual mainstreaming. This will bring sustainable energy to over 50,000 households.

  • Support Afghanistan Livelihoods and Mobility (SALAM)

    SALAM activities aim to create livelihoods opportunities for Afghans. The programme is aligned with the ideals embedded in the new Afghanistan Citizens’ Charter, especially the commitment of the government to deliver services for all. SALAM also recognizes the special needs for certain population groups in Afghanistan and will provide customized support activities to address them.

Governance

  • Institutional and Capacity Support to the Parliament of Afghanistan (ICSPA)

    The secretariats of the Upper and Lower Houses of the Parliament, together with UNDP, have recognized that significant institutional reform is necessary for the Parliament to achieve its constitutionally mandated autonomy, and that capacity building is necessary to carry out these reforms.

  • 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)

    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.

  • 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 Afghanistan

    Enhancing 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).

  • Local Governance Project – Afghanistan (LoGo)

    LoGo aims to make local-level planning and service delivery more accountable; enhance local government outreach, planning, budgeting and monitoring processes; increase service delivery through piloting the provincial budgeting policy; and enhance municipal revenue generation.

  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

    On September 25, world leaders from 193 nations including Afghanistan endorsed an ambitious agenda for global change called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs represent a fifteen-year agenda (2015-2030) to guide the international community in our shared efforts to achieve three objectives: end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and protect our planet. At the UN General Assembly, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, on behalf of the Government of Afghanistan, committed to pursuing these goals together with Afghanistan’s development partners.

Rule of Law

  • Afghanistan Access to Justice (AA2J)

    The justice sector was largely dismantled during the 30-year civil war, leaving justice sector institutions unable to address the needs of the Afghan population and eroding public trust. Despite significant support from the international community, there are still structural weaknesses, institutional corruption and insufficient capacity.

  • Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA)

    In order to strengthen Afghanistan’s ability to maintain law and order, UNDP and the donor community work closely with the Government of Afghanistan to build and maintain a professional police force and implement the reform priorities of the Ministry of Interior Affairs (MOIA). The latest phase of the LOTFA programme began in July 2015 after a lengthy series of consultations among donors, the Government and UNDP. These led to the design of a radically improved project.

  • Ministry of Interior (MOIA) and Police Development (MPD)

    In the next four years, the MPD project will enhance the capacity of the MOIA to review and reform its policies, civilianize certain administrative roles, develop its institutions, modernize administration systems to increase responsiveness and accountability, provide professional training, enhance police-community partnership, and improve police service delivery to the citizens.

  • Support to Payroll Management (SPM)

    The Support to Payroll Management (SPM) project handles the police payroll, and builds capacity at finance and human resources departments so that the MOIA can take over the payroll management function in the future. While significant progress has been made towards building capacity within the MOIA, the donors and government agreed to extend the SPM project until the end of 2017. This will help with further capacity development, and the improving of systems to meet the donor requirements and ensure robust, transparent and efficient payroll functions.

Gender

  • Enhancing Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Afghanistan (EGEMA)

    Enhancing Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Afghanistan (EGEMA) project provides technical assistance to the Ministry of Women Affairs (MoWA) to build its capacity and advance gender mainstreaming in government policy and planning process, coordinate and monitor implementation of National Action plan of Women, and take stronger role in women economic empowerment, behavioral socio-cultural changes toward gender equality, as well as creating a cadre of nationally educated gender experts that are ready to be employed in public and private sectors.

Environment

  • Biodiversity Afghanistan

    UNDP helps manage and expand protected areas in Afghanistan. We are supporting the establishment of Afghanistan’s Parks and Wildlife Authority. The new institution will create a legal, policy and institutional framework for protected area management.

  • Climate Change Adaptation

    UNDP builds government capacity to integrate risk and impact assessments into development plans at the local level. We help the government study climate change scenarios and assess alternatives for the agriculture sector in four provinces. We also assist Community Development Councils to integrate climate change risk into their planning.

  • Global Environment Facility - Small Grants Programme

    Launched in 1992, the Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Programme (GEF-SGP) funds environmental projects implemented by civil society. In Afghanistan, funding has been made available to a wide range of organizations, including those that work on issues related to women, local communities and indigenous groups. These funds have enabled projects covering biodiversity, climate change, land degradation, sustainable forest management, international waters and the elimination of harmful chemicals.

Health

  • Global Fund Afghanistan

    As part of its wider engagement with the UN, the Global Fund has partnered with UNDP since 2003 to ensure that grants are implemented and services delivered in countries facing complex challenges. This partnership focuses on implementation support, capacity development and policy engagement.

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