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  • Gender and Women's Studies at Kabul University: A Step Towards Addressing the Gender GapJul 11, 2016Gender and Women's Studies at Kabul University: A Step Towards Addressing the Gender GapAfghanistan is one of the most challenging countries in the world to be a woman. But there are glimmers of hope, especially in education, where significant progress has been made. According to World Bank data, net enrollment at the end of the Taliban regime in 2001 was estimated at 43% for boys but a miserable 3% for girls.

  • The Story Behind the Story: The Bridge that Enabled Bahara to Go to SchoolJun 26, 2016The Story Behind the Story: The Bridge that Enabled Bahara to Go to SchoolPanjshir, 11 June 2016 – In March 2016, UNDP Afghanistan made a 2-minute video called “Choices”. The short film captures how UNDP’s programmes have given more options for a better quality of life to the Afghan people. The film was mostly shot in the scenic valley of Panjshir, about two hours drive north of Kabul. Here, in Ghozo Omerz village, UNDP has built a 40-meter bridge built that’s used by 120 families. Before the bridge, the village used to be cut off from ‪schools and ‎hospitals by a river with dangerous rapids.

  • Afghanistan’s first-ever Environmental Short Film ContestJun 7, 2016Afghanistan’s first-ever Environmental Short Film Contest5 June 2016, Kabul – Today is World Environment Day and here in Afghanistan we celebrated with the country’s first-ever Environmental Short Film Contest.

  • Portrait of a Young Man as a Civic EducatorMay 26, 2016Portrait of a Young Man as a Civic EducatorMazar-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), 25, a civic educator and his team explains the finer details of the on-going voter registration process to the young students: the essential documentation that they need to bring to the registration centre to establish their legal date of birth and their identification.

  • From Refugee to Politician: Afghanistan’s First Female Provincial Council Chair Fights for RightsMay 26, 2016From Refugee to Politician: Afghanistan’s First Female Provincial Council Chair Fights for RightsTayeba Khawary is an Afghan, but she was born as a refugee in Iran after her family fled Afghanistan’s violent conflict in the 1980s. Hoping for better times one day, her father worked as a laborer to support her university studies until the family could return to their home in Afghanistan’s central province of Bamyan.

  • Enabling Responsive Governance, Cutting Time in Service DeliveryMay 26, 2016Enabling Responsive Governance, Cutting Time in Service DeliveryMazar-e-Sharif: Marzia, resident of Baba Kambar area in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif, found her husband disappear after the floods. She was left to fend for herself and her three daughters. Marziya approached the Citizen Service Centre (CSC) located in the Provincial Governor’s Office, with her grievance.

  • Afghan Youth Votes in Historic ElectionMay 26, 2016Afghan Youth Votes in Historic ElectionDespite rain and security challenges in many parts of the country, Afghans went to the polls on 5th April in Presidential and Provincial Council elections. The election marks the first time in Afghanistan’s history that power is handed from one democratically elected government to another. Young Afghans who reached the age of 18 since 2010, and those who have not registered before, were queuing to receive voter cards until 1st April. As nearly two thirds of Afghans are under the age of 25, Afghanistan's youth make up a significant proportion of voters.

  • Government Turns to Merit-Based RecruitmentMay 26, 2016Government Turns to Merit-Based RecruitmentSayra Shakib Sadat was a young female school student from an illiterate family, living in an isolated village in northern Afghanistan, when fighting broke out among political leaders and the mujahidin in the early 1980s.

  • Local Democracy and Development Go Hand-in-HandMay 26, 2016Local Democracy and Development Go Hand-in-HandMahmud-i-Raqi, Kapisa Province—Mushtari, a 42-year-old high school graduate and secretary of the District Development Assembly of Mahmudi-Raqi district, some 80 kilometres north of Kabul, is presenting to fellow Assembly members a project to build a primary school for girls.

  • Even nurses need lawyers: UNDP funds legal aid for womenMay 26, 2016Even nurses need lawyers: UNDP funds legal aid for womenNangarhar, 03 March 2016 – At 19 years of age, Gul Bashra had completed school, finished two years of midwifery training, and was all set to realize her lifelong dream of bringing better healthcare to her fellow Afghans in Nangarhar.

Results in Focus
UNDP Afghanistan 2013 Annual Report

During 2013, UNDP Afghanistan remained committed to maintaining a close working relationship with Afghanistan’s government and people. It reorganised its work around the areas of inclusive and legitimate politics; sub-national governance and development; rule of law; and the cross-cutting areas of gender, capacity development, and poverty and the environment. In this context, projects were implemented and results achieved in the areas of peacebuilding, rule of law, democratic governance, poverty reduction and livelihoods, and managing resources for sustainability and resilience. For more information, please download the full report. English PDF 

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