What We Do

UNDP is the UN's global development network, advocating for change and connecting Afghanistan and national partners to knowledge, experience and resources to help the Afghan people build a better life. UNDP is on the ground in 177 countries, working on their local solutions to national (and global) development challenges. As Afghanistan develops local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners.

Our Goals

UNDP's network links and coordinates global and national efforts in Afghanistan to reach these national development priorities. Our focus is helping countries build and share solutions to the challenges of: Democratic Governance, Poverty Reduction, Crisis Prevention and Recovery, Energy and Environment, and Women's Empowerment.

Building a Civilian Police

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.About LOTFA

Our Stories

  • Ruqia is one of 120 people in Band-e-Amir national park who have a solar cooker that captures and focuses the rays of the sun to boil water. Photo: UNDP Afghanistan / Rob Few / 2015

    Band-e-Amir: Afghanistan’s Hidden Wonderland

    Bamyan, August 2015 — The evidence was out there weeks before anyone even knew. On July 07, 2014, a small box hidden way out on the northern plateaumore

  • Rubbish bins are now on nearly every street of Bamyan’s Zargaran Township. Twice a week, the rubbish is taken to a collection point where it is recycled into fertilizer for organic farming. Simple, effective and good for the environment. Photo: UNDP Afghanistan / Rob Few / 2015

    Cleaning up the Streets in Bamyan

    Bamyan, July 2015 — Due to an upsurge in urban migration, new townships are appearing all across Afghanistan. But how do the residents in these new towns disposemore

  • Afghanistan’s first-ever female rangers head out to work in Band-e-Amir National Park. On a typical day, they collect data on endangered animals and protect the park from poachers, overgrazing and the excesses of tourism. Photo: UNDP Afghanistan / Rob Few / 2015

    Female Rangers, Female Role Models

    Bamyan, July 2015 — Jahanbin is not a man who is easily frightened or thwarted. As a ranger in one of Afghanistan’s two national parks, he’s been outmore

  • UNDP Afghanistan: A woman entrepreneur from Herat displays her food products at the Rural Women Exhibition in Bagh-e-Babur, Kabul.

    Women Entrepreneurs from Herat Link with Kabul-Area Markets

    Women from across the western province of Herat are engaged in a number of entrepreneurship activities that include making handicrafts and jewelry, growing saffron and processingmore

  • UNDP Afghanistan: This repaired canal will protect Qala-e-Naw city from flash-foods in the coming spring season.

    No More Floods! UNDP Canal Protects Qala-e-Naw

    February 2015 – A canal that passes through Qala-e-Naw city and its eight adjacent villages in western Badghis province no longer leaks during flooding after itmore