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 the park who have a solar cooker that captures and focuses the rays of the sun to boil water. Photo credit: UNDP Afghanistan / 2015 / Rob Few

    Band-e-Amir: Afghanistan’s Hidden Wonderland

    The evidence was out there weeks before anyone even knew. On July 07, 2014, a small box hidden way out on the northern plateau – anmore

  • Rubbish bins are now on nearly every street. 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 credit: UNDP Afghanistan / 2015 / Rob Few

    Bamiyan’s Zargaran Township Runs an Exemplary Initiative to Remove Waste

    Due to an upsurge in urban migration, new townships are appearing all across Afghanistan. But how do the residents in these new towns dispose of theirmore

  • 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 credit: UNDP Afghanistan / 2015 / Rob Few

    Female Rangers, Female Role Models

    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 out alone inmore

  • 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