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Local decision-making improves women’s lives in Afghanistan

In the village of Jukna in Badghis Province, Gulsatan recalls how in earlier days women had to walk four kilometres daily simply to collect drinking water for their families. The 45-year-old widow, a mother of six, is relieved those days are now past. ”They collected water from uncovered reservoirs more

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Afghanistan’s first female district police chief: Colonel Jamila Bayaz

Afghanistan: Pioneering police chief paves way for women She was supposed to be an engineer. But Jamila Bayaz lasted a year studying engineering at Kabul University before finally convincing her family to let her join the police force. That was three decades ago when such a career for a woman in Afgmore

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Code of Conduct underpins modern policing in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s national police force virtually disappeared as a legacy of decades of conflict. Hikmatullah Stanikzai, 26, and Safiullah Stanikzai, 25, are part of a new generation at the Afghan National Police (ANP), determined to rebuild a renewed police force capable of protecting the rights of citmore

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Ushering in a ‘Green’ Bags Culture, Saying No to Plastic Glut in Afghanistan

UNDP-GEF Small Grants Programme Promotes Fabric and Paper Bags To Save Environment Faced with the growing menace of plastic glut in provinces from Herat to Helmand, Mazar to Maidan Wardak and practically every city, small town and village of Afghanistan, a non-governmental organization in Kabul is more

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Trading Guns for Tube-Wells, Sowing Seeds of Lasting Peace

Mohammad Akbar (name changed), 47, a former combatant from a village in one of the northern provinces of Afghanistan, turned in his weapons, along with those of his ten men to the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Programme (APRP). APRP is led by the Government of Afghanistan and supported by the more

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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), 25, a civic educator and his team explains the finer details of the on-going voter registration process to the young students: themore

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Building Peace through Community Involvement

In Afghanistan, a UNDP programme helps communities come together in peace to develop and prosper. In a remote, rugged province in eastern Afghanistan, the raging waters from the surrounding mountains have often flooded the 8000 homes that line the local river’s path. The river regularly ravaged the more

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Women Learn Small Business Skills, Look To Future with Hope

Aliabad, Mazar-e-Sharif: Five days in a week, Laila, a single mom of five children including an 18-year-old daughter, walks to the Food Processing Center in Aliabad village just outside Mazar city, learning the finer aspects of basic business development. The centre, housed in the ground-floor more

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Enabling Responsive Governance, Cutting Time in Service Delivery

The Balkh Citizens Service Centre Mazar-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 more

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Afghan Policewomen Get Skills to Lead Change and Restore Trust

One of the top ten priorities of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) is to promote gender equity and women as role models of change in the Afghan National Police (ANP). UNDP’s Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOFTA) is supporting the MoI in training policewomen in leadership and management skillmore

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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