Ministry of Interior (MOIA) and Police Development (MPD)

A traffic policeman helps a young boy cross a busy road. Security continues to be a major barrier to development in Afghanistan. The Afghan Government and international community have been working together for well over a decade to build a national police force that can ensure safety and enforce law and order in Afghanistan for all citizens, men and women, young and old, in rural and urban settings. Photo © UNDP / S. Omer / 2018



In the next four years, the MPD project will enhance the capacity of the MOIA to review and reform its policies, civilianize certain administrative roles, develop its institutions, modernize administration systems to increase responsiveness and accountability, provide professional training, enhance police-community partnership, and improve police service delivery to the citizens.

The project places emphasis on increasing the role of women in the Afghan police force, and for the first time a gender work plan was developed and a series of trainings were held to change the discriminatory attitudes towards female police. In line with the ministry’s strategic plan to increase the number of female police to 5,000 by the year 2020, the project trained 250 female police cadets at Sivas Police Academy in Turkey in 2016, bringing the total number of female police to over 3000. A total of 949 women police have received training in Turkey since 2013.

To further strengthen the MOIA’s sustainable training and education capacities, the project, in collaboration with the American University of Afghanistan has developed a Master’s degree programme in education and law enforcement, the first of its kind in Afghanistan for the instructors of the Afghan National Police Academy (ANPA) and the Staff College.

The degree program, which is expected to begin at the American University of Afghanistan this year, will enhance the quality of training at national police institutions and reduce Afghanistan’s reliance on foreign institutions for professional police training. In addition, UNDP and the MOIA have evaluated the training facilities, reviewed the curriculum and equipped the academy with modern technology.

To enhance accountability and effectiveness of the ministry of interior’s service delivery, a unified monitoring and evaluation framework, an aid effectiveness strategy and a comprehensive internal audit manual were developed and several trainings were held to familiarize MOIA staff with the new procedures. At the same time a four-year roadmap for digitizing the ministry’s administrative processes was finalized and installation of computers is expected to begin in 2017.

The main aim of the MPD project is to strengthen community-oriented policing and enhance police and community partnership. In line with the MOIA’s strategic plan, the project expanded the establishment of Police-e-Mardumi (PeM) units to 12 more provinces in 2016, bringing the total number of PeMs to 20 across the country. 14 more, to cover the entire country, are expected to open in 2017. Several outreach and awareness campaigns were conducted to improve police-community relations and strengthen trust and confidence in the police.

What we have accomplished so far?

  • Supported the construction of 20 female police dressing rooms and completed the assessment of further 40 which will be built in 2017.
  • Supported more than 100 family response units, which investigate domestic violence.
  • Developed gender work plan and M&E framework and continued support for 50 gender mainstreaming units.
  • Increased the number of police women councils to 70 in 30 provinces. These bring together female officers to share ideas, form networks for mutual support and improve welfare.
  • Helped send 3017 cadets and non-commissioned officers for advanced police training at the Sivas Police Training Centre in Turkey, including 949 women.
  • Trained more than 10,000 police officers on the Code of Conduct.
  • Established 12 PeM units in 12 provinces bringing the total number of PeM units to 20.
  • Established six 119 emergency call centers and renovated and refurbished the central 119 emergency call center at new MIA building.



Project start date:

January 2017

Estimated end date:

September 2018

Focus area:

  • accelerate structural transformations
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Afghanistan

    Implementing partner:

    Ministry of Interior Affairs

    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • United Nations Development Pro
  • Government Of Italy
  • Government Of Japan
  • Government Of Netherlands
  • Government Of Republic Of Korea
  • Government Of Estonia
  • Republic Of
  • Swiss Agency For Development And Cooperation - Sdc
  • Government Of Switzerland
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2019 -$66

    2018 $10,708,835

    2017 $18,897,092

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