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  • 09 Dec 2013
    New UNDP Initiative to Strengthen Anti-Graft Policy, Transparent Service Delivery in Afghanistan

    Kabul: The Afghanistan Integrity Initiative (AFII), the new anti-corruption project supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), was launched here today in the presence of top-level Afghan Government and United Nations representatives.

  • 08 Dec 2013
    UNDP-USAID Observance Focuses on Afghan University Students

    Protecting and fulfilling human rights of all citizens is not only important for every Government, but it becomes essentially significant for post conflict countries such as Afghanistan. Respect and promotion of human rights are, in fact, key ingredients for any kind of peace process. This was stated by the Afghanistan Minister of Justice, Mr. Habibullah Ghalib at a special function held here, as part of the International Human Rights Day celebrations in Afghanistan.

  • 02 Dec 2013
    “Religious Leaders’ Support Key to Ensuring Rights For” Women

    Religious scholars representing nearly every province of Afghanistan have voiced their support to propagating the message of Islam on women’s rights and the need for elimination of all forms of violence against women. More than 100 Islamic scholars, including women scholars participated in the three-day workshop on “Analysis of Women’s Rights and Elimination of Violence against Women in Islam.

  • 29 Nov 2013
    Afghan Non-commissioned Police Officers Return from Training in Turkey

    Kabul: A total of 497 male Afghan non-commissioned police officers have returned to Kabul after six months of training at the Sivas Police Training Centre for Afghanistan (SPTC-A) in Turkey.

  • 25 Nov 2013
    Violence against women is not acceptable and can be prevented

    New York – Every year, at least two million women and girls are trafficked into prostitution, forced slavery, and servitude. Up to 60 percent of women experience some form of physical or sexual abuse during their lifetime.

  • 20 Nov 2013
    UNDP to join forces with the Civil Society in Afghanistan

    Kabul: A vibrant civil society is instrumental to the expansion of human development. To maximize the impact of the work of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the lives of the Afghan people, UNDP Afghanistan has taken a first step to establish a Civil Society Advisory Committee (CSAC) as a forum for policy advice and participation.

  • 12 Nov 2013
    UNDP – Japan Partnership Strengthens Afghan Democracy

    Kabul: Japan today extended a grant to the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) in support of free, fair and credible elections and a more responsive democracy, following the signing of a US$ 16.7 million agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), at the IEC headquarters in Kabul.

  • 05 Nov 2013
    Afghan Businesswomen Highlight Role of Entrepreneurship in Human Development

    In a first of its kind assembly, over 300 women came together to find solutions for increasing women’s role in businesses and entrepreneurship development in Afghanistan, here today. The assembly of women entrepreneurs was convened by the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) with assistance from the United Nations Development Programme’s Gender Equality Project.

  • 02 Oct 2013
    UNDP and UN Women Join Hands To Launch Online Community on Gender Issues in Afghanistan

    Kabul: Now solutions for any gender practitioners in the country are only a text message away. Solution Exchange Afghanistan’s Community of Practice (CoP) for Gender Equality, an online network of practitioners and professionals working on women’s empowerment, gender equality, and increasing the role of Afghan women in peace building, governance and development, was launched here today by the Community’s co-conveners, UNDP and UN Women in Afghanistan .

  • 17 Sep 2013
    UNDP Supports Gender Training of 35 Faculty Members of Kabul University

    Kabul: The Ministry of Women’s Affairs with assistance from United Nations Development Program’s Gender Equality Project started a training program today for 35 members of Kabul University Faculty, representing almost all the departments of Kabul University including Law and Diplomacy, Language Literature, Journalism, Agriculture, Computer Science, Engineering, Fine Arts, Islamic Studies, Geo Science, Pharmacy, Psychology, Physical Science and Social Science. The two-day workshop is designed to reinforce the capacity of the faculty members for a holistic understanding of gender issues.

  • 15 Sep 2013
    Secretary-General's message on the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer - 16 September 2013

    Extraordinary challenges require extraordinary responses. A generation ago, the world’s nations agreed to act definitively to protect the ozone layer, initiating an inter-governmental process that blazed new trails.

  • 11 Sep 2013
    UNDP launches Regional Report: ‘Leveraging Change for Better Lives’

    New York: The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) launched its Asia-Pacific Regional Report ‘Leveraging Change for Better Lives’ in New York today, highlighting a string of successful programmes implemented between 2008 and 2012 in the region.

  • 10 Sep 2013
    Education, Health Care, Honest and Responsive Government, and Jobs Top Priorities for People Worldwide, UN Report

    New York: The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presented today a new report “A Million Voices: The World We Want”. The report summarizes the findings from public consultations and surveys that engaged more than 1.3 million people in all 193 UN Member States since August 2012 in an effort to identify priorities for the post-2015 development agenda that will succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • 05 Sep 2013
    Multi-partner Platform to Spur Community-Based Conservation Efforts in Badakhshan

    Representatives from more than 30 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), relevant Government authorities and International NGOs participated in a Global Environment Facility (GEF)-Small Grants Programme (SGP)-led exercise aimed at enhancing their technical capacity for development of projects for environment conservation.

  • 03 Sep 2013
    “Working together to build an inclusive, sustainable and resilient Asia-Pacific”: UN Development Chief for Asia

    New York, Mr. Haoliang Xu assumes his role as the new Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on 3 September 2013.

  • 01 Sep 2013
    MoU signed on Afghanistan’s second report on UN Convention Against Torture

    Kabul: A memorandum of understanding on Afghanistan’s submission of a periodic report on the United Nations Convention Against Torture (UNCAT) was signed between the Government of Afghanistan and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), represented by Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Ershad Ahmadi and UNDP Country Director for Afghanistan Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez today at the Foreign Ministry.

  • 01 Sep 2013
    Convention Against Torture: Afghanistan Inks MOU With UN

    Kabul: A memorandum of understanding on Afghanistan's submission of a periodic report on the United Nations Convention Against Torture (UNCAT) was signed.

  • 01 Sep 2013
    UNDP Support to Afghanistan to Enhance State Reporting on UN Convention against Torture

    In a major step forward towards strengthening processes designed to protect Afghan citizens from torture, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), signed a letter of agreement that will enable technical and financial assistance for State reporting, with particular focus on the United Nations’ Convention Against Torture (UNCAT) State Report.

  • 31 Aug 2013
    Efforts to Ramp up Gender Responsive Budgeting in Six Ministries

    Kabul: Six ministries of the Government of Afghanistan were the focus of a workshop on implementation of Gender-responsive Budgeting (GRB) that concluded, here today. The workshop was jointly organized by the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs with support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Gender Equality Project (GEP).

  • 27 Aug 2013
    UNDP-ELECT II Commits to Support the 2014 and 2015 Elections

    UNDP-ELECT II is the primary mechanism for international technical support to the electoral process in Afghanistan. The revised UNDP-ELECT II project document was signed on 27 August 2013 between the Independent Election Commission (IEC) Chairman Ahmad Nuristani and UNDP Deputy Country Director, Yuxue Xue, at the IEC.

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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