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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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  • Human Rights Day 2015 Press Coverage Dec 10, 2015

    On the occasion of International Human Rights Day, UNDP Country Director, Douglas Keh, praised Afghanistan for new laws promoting ‪‎human rights‬. But the work goes on. “I would like to see Afghanistan do more,” he added. “And I would like to encourage the UN to do more to help ‪‎Afghanistan‬.”

  • UNDP Speaks Out Over Human Rights Violations Dec 10, 2015

    The United Nations Development Program's (UNDP) country director for Afghanistan Douglas Keh on Wednesday raised concerns over human rights violations in Afghanistan.

  • Afghan Community Police Dec 1, 2015

    UNDP launches the results of a survey in eight provinces to gauge perceptions on security, justice, governance, police performance and the role of policewomen.

  • IDLG, UNDP launch new local governance project Nov 17, 2015

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Afghanistan on Sunday launched a new five-year project that will strengthen government institutions at provincial and district levels to deliver improved public services.

  • First Lady Urges Bigger Role For Women In Security Institutions Nov 14, 2015

    Afghanistan's First Lady Rula Ghani on Saturday stressed the need for women within security institutions to play a bigger role in safeguarding the nation – and women in particular. Addressing delegates at the second conference of policewomen councils in Kabul, Rula Ghani called on all female police officers to make a strong effort to ensure the safety of women in the country.

  • Afghan capital university unlikely host for women's studies program Oct 29, 2015

    A group of Afghan students gathered on the leafy campus of Kabul University this week to embark on an unlikely course - the country's first Master's degree in gender and women's studies.

  • Kabul University launches nation's first women and gender studies program Oct 18, 2015

    It's what many Afghan women were denied by years of war and Taliban repression. That includes opportunities to get an education, not to mention chances to explore fully what women do and can offer their society.

  • Two Afghan Women Reclaim Their Lives After Beating a Severe Type of Tuberculosis Jul 23, 2015

    Kabul, Afghanistan— A tiny woman with sunken eyes and her head covered with a scarf waits patiently in a queue to take her medicine for tuberculosis (TB). Benafsha Mamonyar is in her early twenties and always dreamed of becoming a teacher. But this dream fell apart when she was 18 and contracted TB from a classmate in her hometown, Pulekhumri, a city in northeastern Afghanistan.

  • Afghanistan’s women rangers May 13, 2015

    When the Taliban dynamited the famous giant Buddhas of Bamiyan in 2001, they were not only aiming to wipe out the ‘un-Islamic’ idols, but also the global fascination tied to them. From the late 1950s to the 1970s, foreign travellers, many of whom were following the ‘hippie trail’ of the Hindu Kush, would come to visit the towering ancient statues.

  • Afghanistan’s women rangers May 11, 2015

    When the Taliban dynamited the famous giant Buddhas of Bamiyan in 2001, they were not only aiming to wipe out the ‘un-Islamic’ idols, but also the global fascination tied to them. From the late 1950s to the 1970s, foreign travellers, many of whom were following the ‘hippie trail’ of the Hindu Kush, would come to visit the towering ancient statues.

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