Rule of Law

Security continues to be the major barrier to development in Afghanistan. Parts of the country remain occupied by anti-government forces and the UN recorded more civilian casualties in 2015 than in any other year on record. Peace negotiations restarted in January 2015, with preliminary talks involving Afghanistan, Pakistan, the US and China.

The police service has had to be completely rebuilt over the past decade, and much progress has been made. But with the withdrawal of international forces, the police continue to play a frontline role in the conflict, distracting from their primary goal of becoming a civilian service that can fight crime and earn the trust of the community.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.

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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