Our Projects

UNDP's work in Afghanistan are 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 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.

  • 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).

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


  • Global Environment Facility - Small Grants ProgrammeGlobal Environment Facility - Small Grants ProgrammeLaunched in 1992, the Global Environment Facility-Small Grants Programme (GEF-SGP) SGP addresses global environmental problems with a people-centred approach that benefits local people and generates direct community benefits and ownership. GEF-SGP in Afghanistan provides support to various types of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), including Community Based Organizations (CBOs), indigenous peoples organizations, women’s organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the GEF focal areas of Biodiversity, Climate Change, Land Degradation, Sustainable Forest Management, International Waters and Elimination of Harmful Chemicals.