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  • 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.

  • 07 Apr 2013
    UNDP, EU help Afghan National Police scale up code of conduct

    UNDP Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (UNDP-LOTFA) and Ministry of Interior (MoI) ran a Training of Trainers (ToT) Workshop from 31st March to 2nd April, 2013 at the Ministry of Interior Headquarters in Kabul to train 17 Police Training Officers from all Kabul Police Districts on the Afghan Police Code of Conduct.

  • 02 Apr 2013
    24 Provinces Participate in UNDP-Supported Strategic Planning Initiative

    In a move that links a majority of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces to the framework of strategic development planning, the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) has rolled out a three-day training workshop that will further consolidate the way forward for a harmonized, single planning system for the Government of Afghanistan. The initiative, supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will help IDLG in rolling out Provincial Strategic Plans (PSPs) in ten provinces during 2013.

  • 11 Mar 2013
    UNDP Signs MoU with EUPOL and Afghan Government

    Close to 80 women police officers, prosecutors and members of the legal community in Afghanistan will benefit from a new training package aimed at equipping the justice and law enforcement community with tools designed to curb violence against women.

  • 20 Feb 2013
    Returnee Afghan Women Reclaim Right to Shelter, Access Basic Services

    Meet Hava. About eight years ago she returned from Iran with her husband and three sons. Reminiscing on the past, Hava says, “We had no means to reclaim our own land and were forced to rent a space with minimum amenities. We were continuously harassed by our landlord for not being able to pay the rent in time”. Just a couple of years back, the family was able to access the assistance for shelter for returnees and internally displaced persons provided by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). In 2012, Hava was able to move into her new home.

  • 17 Feb 2013
    Afghan National Police Cadets Return Home from Training in Turkey

    On 16 February 2013, the Director of Studies in the Ministry of Interior’s Training and Education Command, Brigadier General Shah Alam Sapand received the first group of 500 Afghan National Police Graduates returning from the Police Training Centre in Sivas, Turkey.

  • 04 Feb 2013
    Afghan Civil Servants to be Trained in Inclusive Personnel Development and Admin Reform

    UNDP’s National Institution Building Project (NIBP) is holding a Capacity Development workshop to strengthen inclusive and participatory capacity development, and promote universal UNDP principles among project staff and Afghanistan’s civil servants.

  • 27 Jan 2013
    USD 20 Million New Japanese Funding For Livelihoods Generation in Rural Afghanistan

    The Government of Japan will provide an additional USD 20 million for the implementation of livelihoods-support projects in Afghanistan under the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-supported National Area Based Development Programme (NABDP). An agreement to this effect was signed in the presence of the Minister H.E. Mr. Wais Ahmad Barmak, Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD), by the Japanese Ambassador to Afghanistan, H.E. Mr. Hiroshi Takahashi, and the UNDP Country Director for Afghanistan, Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez.

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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