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  • 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
    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.

  • 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
    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.

  • 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.

  • 22 Aug 2013
    Building the Capacity of the Grassroots to Protect Afghanistan's Environment

    Kabul, Afghanistan: Representatives from 40 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from Afghanistan participated in a Global Environment Facility (GEF)-Small Grants Programme (SGP)-led exercise aimed at enhancing their technical capacity for development of projects for natural resource management, climate change mitigation and biodiversity conservation.

  • 21 Aug 2013
    Women Jewelers in the Making in Rural Herat

    Herat: Rural women in Herat in the western edge of Afghanistan will soon find new skills in jewelry design and production can open new vistas for greater income in their hands. With support of the UNDP Gender Equality Project and under the aegis of the Department of Women’s Affairs (DoWA), 20 women from six villages of Enjil District are poised to try their hand at jewelry production.

  • 20 Aug 2013
    Legal Aid Grant Facility To Bring Justice Closer to Vulnerable Groups

    Kabul: Greater and more equitable access to justice will become a reality for Afghan citizens with the soon-to-be-established Legal Aid Grant Facility LAGF). A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Afghanistan’s Ministry of Justice, the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association (AIBA) and the United Nations’ Development Programme to establish and implement the LAGF, here today.

  • 19 Aug 2013
    World Humanitarian Day: An international day to celebrate the humanitarian spirit

    New York — Today marks the tenth anniversary of the bombing of the United Nations Headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, an attack that claimed the lives of 22 UN and aid agency staff including the Secretary-General’s Special Representative to Iraq, Sérgio Vieira de Mello.

  • 12 Jul 2013
    UNDP Hosts National Dialogue on the Rights of Street Vendors

    12 July, Kabul- What do money changers, vegetable sellers, small food cart pushers, shoe shiners, itinerant fix-it technicians, roadside hairdressers and mobile food caterers in Kabul all have in common? They are all considered “street vendors” and are a part of the informal economy. These are people who earn their living by buying, selling and trading goods and services without involvement and support from the government.

  • 01 Jul 2013
    Kandahar Women Display Handicrafts, Call for Access to Markets

    A three-day exhibition of local hand-made items recently concluded at the Kandahar Information and Culture department. The exhibition was inaugurated by Kandahar Governor, Dr Toryalai Wesa in the presence of heads of women affairs, information and culture, and other senior provincial dignitaries.

  • 13 Jun 2013
    Netherlands Supports Justice and Human Rights with $2.5M

    The Embassy of the Netherlands and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Afghanistan have signed a cost sharing agreement (CSA) to enhance policy development and increase access to justice services across Afghanistan. The US$ 2.49 million cost-sharing agreement covers UNDP activities until December 2015, carried out under the Justice and Human Rights in Afghanistan (JHRA) Project.

  • 10 Jun 2013
    Afghan Women Participate in Herat Seminar to Boost Women’s Representation in Government

    The Herat Provincial Governor Office and regional office of the Civil Service Commission launched a one day seminar for more than 100 female civil servants and members of civil society to increase the effectiveness of women in government and to support gender mainstreaming across the public service.

  • 06 Jun 2013
    Natural Disaster Risk Reduction Theme of World Environment Day

    Community-based approaches in disaster risk reduction in Afghanistan were unveiled as part of the observance of the World Environment Day, here today. Non-governmental Organizations displayed best practices in the areas of plans, policies, tools and methods to address the issue of natural disasters across regions in Afghanistan with a view to identify mechanisms to reduce the impact of natural disaster in comprehensive way.

  • 21 May 2013
    Addressing the Working Conditions of Street Vendors

    Ali Yawar, 53, is a street vendor from Kabul. He was a young boy of 18 when he lost his arm during the war in 1990s. Since then, Ali’s physical disability has prevented him from earning a descent income in order to support his family. In the absence of a secure job, Ali has been deprived the joy of a stable income which would usher in peace and security for his family.

  • 07 May 2013
    Afghanistan Celebrates World Press Freedom Day

    Today UNESCO, UNDP, Afghanistan Ministry of Information and Culture and Afghanistan Journalists Federation jointly celebrated the World Press Freedom Day under the global theme “Safe to Speak: Securing Freedom of Expression in All Media”. The Afghan observance came three days after the event was launched on 3 May at a ceremony held in San Jose, Costa Rica to mark the global launch.

  • 03 May 2013
    Azerbaijan Support to Afghan Customs

    The Government of Azerbaijan has delivered special customs support infrastructure to the Government of Afghanistan.

  • 08 Apr 2013
    Spanish Funding for Development of Rural Areas in Badghis Province

    Spain has provided Euro 22 million for Development of Rural Areas in Badghis Province in Afghanistan under the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-supported National Area Based Development Programme (NABDP). An agreement to this effect was signed between the Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, Spanish Government and UNDP Afghanistan.

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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