Support to Payroll Management (SPM)

Afghan policeman stops a vehicle covered in snow, in a checkpoint in Herat city. He says "We stop cars covered in snow because this will cause accidents and as well we can't distinguish the car in case there is an incident." Photo © UNDP / S. Omer / 2018



The Support to Payroll Management (SPM) project handles the police payroll, and builds capacity at finance and human resources departments so that the MOIA can take over the payroll management function in the future.

While significant progress has been made towards building capacity within the MOIA, the donors and government agreed to extend the SPM project until the end of 2017. This will help with further capacity development, and the improving of systems to meet the donor requirements and ensure robust, transparent and efficient payroll functions.

The project trains MOIA staff in payroll management, which includes rolling out the new Web-based Electronic Payroll System (WEPS), digital payroll vouchers and mobile money. These helped integrate payroll stations nationwide and now salaries are paid on a timely basis throughout the country. Provincial police headquarters in all 34 provinces are now connected to WEPS, ensuring that MOIA electronic payroll systems are functional nationwide.

The SPM project continues to integrate and reconcile the payroll system with the MOIA’s human resources records. To date, 66% of police personnel have been verified and the rest will follow. More than 87% of police salaries are paid directly to individual bank accounts, 2% are transferred through mobile money and only 11% are paid through trusted agents, mostly in areas with no bank coverage.

The project also works to build systems within the MOIA so all payroll stations are connected to the ministry’s intranet via a secure network that enables MOIA to monitor the performance and continued availability of WEPS for users in all provinces.

What we have accomplished so far?

  • Paid the salaries of nearly 157,000 Afghan National Police personnel and uniformed personnel of the Central Prisons Department.
  • Revised and finalized human resources, finance, and internal policies
  • Pay and Compensations Board established and fully operationalized
  • Web-based Electronic Payroll System (WEPS) fully operationalized and all 34 provinces connected to the system.
  • 89% of police payment made through electronic pay system, bringing down the number of police paid through trusted agents to 11%
  • All payroll stations connected to the ministry of interior’s intranet
  • Conducted 11 capacity building trainings for HR and finance departments covering 525 MOIA personnel.



Project start date:

July 2015

Estimated end date:

December 2021

Focus area:

  • accelerate structural transformations
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Afghanistan

    Implementing partner:

    Ministry of Interior Affairs

    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • Government Of Czech Republic
  • Government Of Finland
  • Government Of Germany
  • Government Of Italy
  • Government Of Netherlands
  • Government Of Norway
  • European Commission
  • Australian Dfat
  • United Nations Development Pro
  • Government Of Estonia
  • Republic Of
  • Government Of Poland
  • Government Of Afghanistan
  • Government Of Croatia
  • Government Of Denmark
  • Government Of Hungary
  • Government Of Japan
  • Government Of New Zealand
  • Government Of Romania
  • Government Of United States Of America
  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Us International Narcotics and law enforcement Affairs
  • Department Of Foreign Affairs
  • Trade And Development
  • Mptf-law And Order Trust Fund For Afghanistan
  • Government Of Republic Of Korea
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2021 $79,506,192

    2020 $346,092,064

    2019 $323,644,256

    2018 $361,707,648

    2017 $431,678,528

    2016 $429,951,328

    2015 $237,051,408

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