Ministry of Interior Affairs and UNDP Sign New LOTFA Agreement

Jun 30, 2015

Minister of Interior Affairs Noorulhaq Olumi, UNDP Afghanistan Country Director Douglas Keh and Deputy Finance Minister Mustafa Mastoor signed an 18-month extension to the Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan project. Photo: UNDP Afghanistan / Farhad Zalmai / 2015

Kabul, June 2015 — The Ministry of Interior Affairs of Afghanistan (MOIA) today announced the approval of an 18-month extension of the Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA) with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Afghanistan.

Responding to policy guidance from President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan, the signed project will expand support to the MOIA to independently manage its payroll, including human resources, finance and ICT functions; build accountable and efficient management that integrates both civilian and uniformed police; and advance police professionalization at the central and subnational levels.

“UNDP Afghanistan is an important partner in supporting the MOIA to deliver security and rule of law,” said H.E. Noorulhaq Olumi, Minister of Interior Affairs. “We look to UNDP to support the MOIA in moving forward our reform agenda.” 

The 18-month extension of LOTFA will involve three six-month phases. The project document was developed through a structured series of multilateral consultations of LOTFA partners led by the MOIA. Each phase will conclude with a review of progress against specific benchmarks toward transition, conducted jointly by the Government, donors and UNDP.

The Trust Fund will channel approximately US$843 million to the Ministry of Finance for the salaries of more than 150,000 Afghan National Police, and finance US$38 million to provide capacity development and related support to broader security and justice reform. Funding is being provided by 15 donor countries.

The new LOTFA project structure provides stronger monitoring and oversight, including the creation of a dedicated fiduciary management unit and a more robust independent monitoring function with more frequent and comprehensive analysis of expenditures.

“We appreciate the Government’s decision to work with UNDP on this important initiative,” said Douglas Keh, UNDP Afghanistan Country Director. “We have restructured the project to improve LOTFA’s efficiency, oversight and accountability in line with the Government’s priorities. At the same time, we have emphasized capacity development in order to contribute to the Government’s effort to achieve self-reliance.”

The new agreement will begin on July 1, 2015. The LOTFA project document will be publicly available on the website of UNDP Afghanistan.

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Donor countries for the LOTFA project are:

Australia, Canada, Denmark, the EU, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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