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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
  • New Police Law to Ensure Better Service May 16, 2017

    With support from UNDP, the ministry of interior held a two-day national conference to reform police law. Over 300 participants including senior government officials, lawmakers, police officials from all 34 provinces, legal practitioners, members of civil society and human rights activists attended the event. The conference took place after a series of consultations over the past year with police officers throughout the country.

  • Success Story: Malaria Control in Afghanistan May 15, 2017

    Malaria has always been a problem in Afghanistan, especially in the eastern and southeastern provinces. But today, due to successful malaria control programmes, incidents of the disease are at their lowest for 15 years.

  • Gender Master Progamme: A place for gender specialists that their ideas inspire the rest of society May 9, 2017

    LE MONDE runs a story on Afghanistan first Master Programme in Gender and Women Studies. The article is written in French, read the whole article here:

  • UNDP Heads for Asia-Pacific and Afghanistan Discuss Belt and Road Initiative on CGTN May 3, 2017

    In the fall of 2013, China introduced the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to connect countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe to promote more effective economic cooperation, which could benefit nearly four billion people in emerging economies in these regions.

  • Youth Symposium Opens up a National Dialog on the Sustainable Development Goals Apr 30, 2017

    Over 400 young men and women from around the country gathered at a symposium in Kabul last week and proposed some creative ideas on how Afghanistan can achieve Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Youth Thinkers Society organized the event in collaboration with UNDP Afghanistan and the Ministry of Economy.

  • Obstacle Lifted: Graduates of Police Academy to Pursue Higher Education Apr 10, 2017

    Afghanistan National Police Academy gained the status of a university. The Ministry of Interior has been running the academy for over 50 years, but its graduates couldn’t get their degrees attested. Now, the Afghan Higher Education Ministry, an official body to accredit educational degrees, has agreed to recognize all the academy’s four- year courses as bachelor degrees, after the academy fulfilled the higher education requirements for degree programmes.

  • Treatment for Drug Resistant Tuberculosis to Boost in Afghanistan Mar 27, 2017

    Tuberculosis is one of the major public health issues in Afghanistan. If TB is misdiagnosed and treated irregularly with antibiotics, it develops into multidrug resistant tuberculosis. This is a severe type of the disease that is highly contagious and poses a serious public health risk. Currently, there is only one hospital in Kabul that can treat this type of TB.

  • UNDP and Khurshid TV Tap into a Game Show to Mark Women’s Day Mar 22, 2017

    Khurshid, a leading Afghan entertainment TV channel, dedicated its famous Haft Ganj game show to marking Women’s Day. On the show, two young women were chosen to answer questions about prominent Afghan women figures, achievements women have had in the past 15 years and challenges they currently face in different walks of life.

  • Battles Lost and Won Mar 19, 2017

    Hung on the walls of Bhost restaurant in Kabul are portraits of 13 first ladies of Afghanistan. Right on top is the iconic picture of Queen Soraya in a sleeveless gown, wife of reformist King Amanullah, who was a vocal opponent of polygamy and veiling, and had started the country’s first school for girls in the 1920s. Below is a recent picture of Rula Ghani, wife of President Ashraf Ghani, an advocate for women’s rights in present-day Afghanistan. Since no one knows what she looks like, the wife of Mulla Omar, Taliban founder and the self-proclaimed emir between 1996 and 2001, is represented with the ubiquitous symbol of the regime’s oppression: the woman in a blue shuttlecock burqa.

  • Can You Dig It? UNDP Talks Mining and Human Development in Afghanistan Jan 25, 2017

    This year, UNDP’s Afghanistan Human Development Report focusses on how to make sure all Afghans benefit from the estimated US$1 trillion or more of mineral wealth lying underground. With declines likely in foreign aid over the coming years, the huge potential of the extractive industry is more important than ever. But investment is held back by instability, conflict, corruption, terrorism and lack of capacity.

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