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 Park rangers in Band-e-Amir National Park, where UNDP runs projects with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Global Environment Fund’s Small Grants Programme (GEF/SGP) to protect the environment and provide clean energy to local residents. Photo: UNDP Afghanistan / Rob Few / 2015
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  • RUKHSHANA – a Theater Performance Based on a True Story Dec 17, 2017

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s Afghanistan organized Rukshana, a theatre performance based on the true story of an Afghan woman who has suffered through violence and emerged as an icon for women’s rights. The performance, aimed at raising awareness about women rights and access to justice, was designed to help reduce violence against women and girls across the country.

  • Afghan Police to Get Pay Rise Dec 14, 2017

    The Afghan police will get a five percent pay rise to alleviate the effects of current inflation rates and make police salaries more in line with those of other civil service employees. The rise in police salaries will be effective January 2018, thanks to continued support from donors of UNDP’s Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA). The pay rise was announced at the LOTFA board meeting co-chaired by minister of interior Wais Ahmad Barmak and UNDP Afghanistan country director Jocelyn Mason, and attended by senior diplomats and representatives of LOTFA donors, on December 11, 2017.

  • International Volunteer Day Marked in Kabul Dec 13, 2017

    To mark International Volunteer Day, hundreds of school and university students, members of the association for the blind, civil society activists, residents and shopkeepers participated in a street-cleaning campaign and donated blood.

  • First-Ever Class of Gender and Women’s Studies Programme Graduated from Kabul University. Nov 7, 2017

    The first batch of students who have completed the Master’s Programme in Gender and Women’s studies at Kabul University have just received their diplomas. The 22 students (15 women and seven men) started their studies in October 2015. Over the past two years, the students studied key areas related to gender equality and women’s rights, such as legal protection, and the role of women in poverty reduction, conflict resolution, civil society engagement and politics.

  • Bridging the Gap: MOI and UNDP to Strengthen Police-Community Partnership: Oct 10, 2017

    Supported by UNDP, the Ministry of Interior held a two-day national conference to strengthen police and community partnerships. Over 500 participants attended the event, including senior government officials, members of police community partnership councils, lawmakers, police officials from all 34 provinces, members of civil society, and human rights activists. The conference took place after a series of seminars and consultation sessions over the past year with community elders and police officials throughout the country.

  • What type of world do I want to live in by 2030? Sep 21, 2017

    Last Sunday, at the Social Good Summit, held at the Park Star Hotel, Kabul, the youth of Afghanistan brought the future of the country into focus. UNDP Afghanistan, in partnership with the Youth for Change and Development Organization (YCDO) had organized the creative half-day event with additional meetups in four regional hubs (Jalalabad, Kandarhar, Mazar and Herat).

  • Youth Against Malaria: Educating the Young to Save Lives Sep 14, 2017

    More than 100 high school students attended an awareness-raising TV show about malaria in Kabul recently. The show was organized by UNDP and hosted by Educational TV, one of Afghanistan’s leading TV stations promoting youth education.

  • The Power of Nature: How Renewable Energy is Changing Lives in Afghanistan Sep 13, 2017

    The whole world is embracing wind energy, and plants can be found everywhere today. UNDP is working with the Afghan Government's Rural Development Ministry and local communities to embrace this clean and sustainable source of power.

  • My Country Through My Own Eyes Aug 13, 2017

    The United Nations Development Programme in Afghanistan, in cooperation with the Afghan Ministry of Economy, ran a countrywide photo contest called “My Country Through My Own Eyes” to promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to display progress of the SDGs in Afghanistan. The contest had two categories: photos taken on mobile phones by amateurs and photos by professional photojournalists.

  • Restoring Kol-e-Hashmat Khan as a Stopover for Migratory Birds Jul 25, 2017

    Kool-e-Hashmat Khan, once a natural wetland inhabiting 157 species of migratory birds, and a recreational site for residents of Kabul city, has lost most of its birds over the last few decades of unrest due to poor attention from previous governments and illegal encroachments by neighboring communities.

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