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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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  • Online Database to Systematically Capture, Analyze and Report data on ‪Gender‬ Equality and ‪Women‬ Empowerment May 6, 2016

    Ministry of Women Affairs launches an online database to systematically capture, analyze and report data on ‪#gender‬ equality and ‪‎women‬ empowerment. The initiative is supported by UNDP and UN Women funded by the Italian Cooperation Agency in ‪#Afghanistan‬.

  • International Mother Earth Day 2016 Celebration in Bagh-e-Babur Apr 26, 2016

    On the International Mother Earth Day, UNDP/GEF's Small Grants Programme and ‪EWA‬ presented “Champion of Earth” awards to successful UNDP-supported environmentalists at a packed ceremony in Bagh-e-Babur. Rural Green Environment Organization - RGEO won the first award for reforesting a mountain in Tagab district of northeastern ‪‎Badakhshan‬ province that saved rare animals and plants and created livelihoods opportunities for thousands of locals

  • 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.

  • Great new murals in Kabul from ArtLords/UNDP/MOIA Mar 13, 2016

    Powerful images of our great female ‪‎police‬ appear on walls around ‎Kabul‬. UNDP is proud to be working with the Art Lords and MOIA on this.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Street Vendors in Kabul Jan 15, 2016

    Managing this huge influx of people is a major challenge for Kabul municipality and the police. They don’t want blocked roads and traffic chaos, but the vendors also need to earn a living.

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