Democratic Governance

Democratic governance is central to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and the elimination of poverty. Achievement of the MDGs in Afghanistan is heavily dependent on strong, and effective public institutions, at the central and sub-national levels, which are responsive to the needs of ordinary citizens. Following the Bonn Agreement, much of the emphasis was on establishing essential state institutions. The challenge is to ensure that these institutions can effectively deliver on development. The elected government faces many challenges: weak institutions, low capacity, corruption, insecurity, and a disconnect between national government down to local communities.MORE

Our Goals

UNDP focuses on strengthening the capacities of civil servants in priority government institutions in the areas of management, leadership and communications. This includes support to the Centre of Government, enhancement of the aid management capacities and support to information management. more

Securing Elections

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).more

Our Stories

  • UNAMA: A women voting in 2014 presidential election to select her future president at Zarghuna Girls High School polling centre, in the capital, Kabul, Afghanistan.

    Afghan Youth Votes in Historic Election

    Despite rain and security challenges in many parts of the country, Afghans went to the polls on 5th April in Presidential and Provincial Council elections. Themore

  • UNDP Afghanistan: The civic educator explains the details of the voter registration process.

    Portrait of a Young Man as a Civic Educator

    Mazar-e-Sharif: A class of 130 female students at the Mawlana Institute of Health Sciences in downtown Mazar, listen in rapt attention as Abdullah Ahmadi (name changed),more

Projects and Initiatives

Transitional Support to Elections in Afghanistan

Transitional Support to Elections in Afghanistan

ELECT II has now been replaced by the Transitional Support to Elections in Afghanistan Project Initiation Plan. This represents the international community’s support to electoral institutions in Afghanistan for the period between the operational closure of ELECT II and the development and signing of the next longer-term project. more

Afghanistan Subnational Governance Programme (ASGP)

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. more

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