What We Do

UNDP is the UN's global development network. We advocate for change and connect the Afghan government, NGOs, civil society and other partners to the knowledge and resources they need to help the Afghan people build a better life. We are on the ground in 177 countries and can draw on 50 years of experience. This leaves us well placed to help our local partners find solutions to national (and global) development challenges.

Our Goals

UNDP's network links and coordinates global and national efforts in Afghanistan to reach these national development priorities. Our focus is helping countries build and share solutions to the challenges of: Democratic Governance, Poverty Reduction, Crisis Prevention and Recovery, Energy and Environment, and Women's Empowerment.

Building a Civilian Police

In order to strengthen Afghanistan’s ability to maintain law and order, UNDP and the donor community work closely with the Government of Afghanistan to build and maintain a professional police force and implement the reform priorities of the Ministry of Interior Affairs (MOIA). The latest phase of the LOTFA programme began in July 2015 after a lengthy series of consultations among donors, the Government and UNDP. These led to the design of a radically improved project. About LOTFA

Programme Areas


Climate change threatens to undo many of the development gains made in Afghanistan over the last decade, particularly for the rural poor. Forest coverage has been decimated, little land is available for farming, and environmental degradation and poor management of natural resources have left a legacy of pollution and public health issues.more 


Afghanistan faces an uncertain economic outlook. Economic growth has slowed considerably, unemployment is on the rise, and ongoing insecurity hampers investment and encourages many of the most productive and educated citizens to migrate.more 


Despite huge improvements since the end of the Taliban regime, women still face widespread discrimination and human rights abuses. Women are largely restricted to low-paid, unregulated employment, harassment is widespread, political participation and educational opportunities are limited, and women face numerous obstacles to getting fair treatment from the justice system.more 

Rule of Law

Security continues to be a major barrier to development in Afghanistan. Some parts of the country remain under the control of antigovernment elements. The UN recorded more civilian casualties in 2016 than in any previous year on record. Over the last decade, UNDP has been supporting the police and the Ministry of Interior Affairs to transition into a civilian service that can fight crime and earn people’s trust.more 


Considerable gains have been made since 2001, despite ongoing conflict in parts of the country. Presidential elections were held in 2004, 2009 and 2014. Government services have expanded in quality and scope and women are represented in some leadership positions at the national and subnational levels.more 


UNDP has been selected as the Principal Recipient for four Global Fund grants: TB, health system strengthening, HIV/AIDS and malaria. Our work to support the provision of public health services in these areas includes advocacy, education and technical support for better diagnosis, treatment and associated care so that patients can enjoy empowered and dignified lives.more 

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