Afghan Police to Get Pay Rise

Dec 14, 2017

Afghanistan’s Minister of Interior Wais Ahmad Barmak and UNDP Afghanistan Country Director Jocelyn Mason at the LOTFA board meeting in Kabul. Photo: UNDP / Fazul Rahim / 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.

Speaking at the meeting, Minister Barmak thanked UNDP and the donor community for their continued support for the Ministry of Interior on police payroll, developing ministry capacity and professionalizing the police, so that it can provide effective services to citizens. The Minister reiterated his full commitment to reforming the ministry and making the police a more responsive and transparent organization that citizens can trust and look up to for protection.

The board also approved the interim annual work plan for the Support to Payroll Management (SPM) project. The board emphasized the need to further develop the capacity of the Ministry of Interior to be able to take control of police payroll management, while committing to support a revised Ministry of Interior and Police Development (MPD) project.

UNDP works closely with the Ministry of Interior to develop its institutions and professionalize the police force that can enforce laws, work with communities to crack down on crimes, handle cases of violence against women and children, and provide a safe environment for communities.

Speaking at the event, UNDP Afghanistan Country Director Jocelyn Mason reaffirmed UNDP’s commitment to helping the Ministry of Interior in its reform priorities and to build sustainable institutions that will respond to the needs of the citizens. 

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