Crisis Prevention & Recovery

Despite significant achievements in disarmament and demobilization of ex combatants, clearance of mines, peace building and human security, significant security challenges remain. The decades of civil war and the recent insurgency have generated considerable amounts of weapons, mines and ammunition across the country. Other salient challenges towards rule of law and livelihood include slow pace of police reform process, individual power structures backed by illegal armed groups and the proliferation of opium economy (which now accounts for 30 to 40% of GDP). Proliferation of landmines and vulnerability to natural disasters such as drought, flood and earthquakes remain a major deterrent to development.

Our Goals

UNDP supports initiatives to address short-term recovery needs, while identifying opportunities for long term reintegration of vulnerable groups such as internal displaced persons, returnees, disaster affected populations, disabled and ex-combatants into society.more

Building the Capacity of the Afghan National Police

Gender segregation in the Afghan society prevents most women and girls from approaching male police officers to report crimes against them; hence the importance of having female police officers staffing units that can investigate incidents of violence against women.

Our Stories

  • A member of the media attends a workshop in Kabul on the Access to Information Law. Photo: UNDP Afghanistan / 2015

    Improving Accountability Through Access to Information

    Kabul, April 2015 — While doing a story on maternal health in Afghanistan, journalist Mary Nabardaeen wanted to know how many women had died in childbirth at amore

  • A woman waits at the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association office in Herat to seek legal aid for her case. Photo: UNDP Afghanistan / 2015

    UNDP Finds Lawyers for Women, Children and the Poorest in Herat

    Herat, May 2015 — Fahima*, pregnant, was forced by her husband to crawl on all fours with the family’s dogs. It was just one of the waysmore

Projects and Initiatives

Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Programme (APRP)

Afghanistan Peace & Reintegration Programme (APRP)

APRP is nationally led and implemented and combines the political, security and development dimensions of peace building. The main objective of UNDP Support Project is to provide support for peace building, reconciliation and reintegration efforts in Afghanistan by assisting the High Peace Council (HPC), the Joint Secretariat, the Financial Oversight Committee Secretariat of APRP and partner line ministries. UNDP provides APRP leadership with advice and strategies on peace building, reconciliation, reintegration and peace process support. more

Justice and Human Rights in Afghanistan (JHRA)

Justice and Human Rights in Afghanistan (JHRA)

Afghanistan has witnessed over thirty years of conflict, which have severely constrained the justice system and the government’s ability to serve its people. Legislation is often not compliant with international best practices, human rights conventions signed by Afghanistan, and even other national laws. The vast size and rural nature of the country’s provinces as well as widespread poverty and low levels of education prevent people from accessing justice through State channels. more

Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA)

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. more

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