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  • UNDP tops global index for international aid transparency for second consecutive year Apr 12, 2016

    UNDP remains the most transparent aid organisation in the world, according to a leading global ranking released today.

  • Gender op-ed by Douglas Keh Mar 13, 2016

    Today we mark International Women’s Day. In that spirit of celebration, I’d like to highlight some of the good news that we can often lose sight of when confronted with daily updates on security incidents and rights abuses. This good news can be summed up in a single sentence: despite all the challenges women still face in Afghanistan, there is no doubt that the current situation is a huge improvement over what it was in 2001.

  • Afghan Women's Radio Returns After Taliban Attack Mar 13, 2016

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Six months after fleeing a Taliban assault on her city, the owner of an Afghan radio station devoted to women's rights is back home and returning to the airwaves. Zarghona Hassan is a lifelong activist and the founder of a radio station in Kunduz that until last year reached hundreds of thousands of listeners across northern Afghanistan, where the vast majority of women are illiterate and largely confined to their homes.

  • UNDP to Blackout Photos on Afghan Website for Women's Day Mar 13, 2016

    KABUL, Afghanistan – A UN agency in Afghanistan says it will stop publishing photographs on its website to highlight the plight of Afghan women ahead of International Women's Day on March 8. Rob Few, communications chief for the UN Development Program said Sunday the move aims to draw attention to the fear many Afghan women have of the potential consequences of appearing in public.

  • UNDP Re-equips Women and Youth Radio Stations in Kunduz for International Women’s Day Mar 8, 2016

    Kunduz, 8 March 2016 – UNDP is proud to announce that local stations Sheasta Radio and Kaihan Radio will both restart broadcasting today in Kunduz. Shaesta, a radio network dedicated to women’s issues, and Kaihan, which serves youth, were both looted during the takeover of Kunduz last September, and their staff were forced into hiding. Previously they reached Kunduz and neighbouring provinces with information on how to access healthcare and education, as well as women’s legal and political rights.

  • Secretary-General's Message on International Women's Day 2016 Mar 8, 2016

    As a boy growing up in post-war Korea, I remember asking about a tradition I observed: women going into labour would leave their shoes at the threshold and then look back in fear. “They are wondering if they will ever step into those shoes again,” my mother explained.

  • Afghanistan’s Lonely Hearts Call ‘Emergency’ Feb 21, 2016

    KABUL — In the age of Facebook and online dating, some Afghan men are still looking for love in an old-fashioned way—by calling the emergency-services hotline. “We receive many calls telling us ‘I love you,’ ” said Fatana Yalda, 27 years old, who was taking calls in her booth recently and, like her colleagues, wore a head scarf over dark hair.

  • Afghanistan: Government must deal with corruption to build democracy and peace Feb 18, 2016

    Landmark assessment of corruption risks launched on Feb 17, 2016 in Kabul finds systematic nepotism, a lack of integrity among politicians and impunity for the powerful. This report was jointly prepared by Transparency International (TI) and Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) with support from UNDP Afghanistan.

  • Kabul Launch of Human Development Report 2015 Feb 14, 2016

    UNDP’s Human Development Report 2015 launch kicked of Tuesday afternoon at the American University of Afghanistan with an impressive turnout—over two hundred civil society activists, government officials, private sector representatives, journalists, students and UN staff, with one third of them women.

  • UNDP Helps Find Solutions in Afghanistan, the Region Jan 16, 2016

    Interview with UNDP Afghanistan’s Country Director on how UNDP is helping Afghanistan deal with instability and promote economic growth.

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