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Leaving a Fighting Life Behind, the Ex-Fighters Enjoying Reunion with their Families and Friends

Since early 2013, close to 700 combatants have surrendered their weapons and reintegrated with their families and communities in eastern provinces of Kunar, Laghman, Nangarhar and Nuristan as a result of concerted efforts of a number of state agencies, including the provincial offices of the High Pemore

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A Home-Based Embroidery Business Witnesses Twofold Increase in Profit

Azima Safi, 50, runs a small embroidery business in Jalalabad. She learned sewing handicrafts when she lived with her family as a refugee in Peshawar, Pakistan during the 90s. As the oldest kid in the family, she had to quit school at grade five and work for someone else making handicrafts at a low more

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A New Bridge in Garam Sair District Brings People Closer to Schools and Markets

In the past, families in the Kharoti area of Garam Sair district had to cross a worn-out suspension bridge over a drainage canal or face a long trip by road to reach school, health facilities and markets. The situation has recently changed after the construction of a reinforced bridge, supported by more

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Wells Provide Water to a Kuchi Community in Bost District

More than 2400 Kuchi of Registan area in Bost district have now access to water provided by 20 wells built with support from the National Area-Based Development Programme (NABDP) and UNDP’s Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Programme (APRP).  The project employed 14 local labourers to dig themore

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UNDP supports Initiatives to Provide Legal Aid in Helmand

People accused of crimes or imprisoned in Helmand province will now have access to legal representation and legal aid following the opening of the office of the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association (AIBA) in Lashkar Gar. The initiative, supported by UNDP’s Justice and Human Rights (JHRA) project,more

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Social Good Summit Kabul Goes Viral

28 Sep 2014

UNDP Afghanistan, in partnership with the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University, brought together on 21 September 2014 over a hundred students, civil society activists, computer programme developers and entrepreneurs for the 2014 Social Good Summit Kabul to join a global crowd on how new media and more

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UNDP supports improved workplace safety for Afghan policewomen

Until mid-2014, Sergeant Mastura and her 11 female colleagues based at a police station in Kabul had to cope with the fact that most police premises simply were not designed to cater for the needs of female employees. “We did not have a separate place for ablutions so we had to use the same toilets more

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Jewelry making brings hope to impoverished women in Herat

A UNDP programme trains women in jewelry making so that they can provide their families with incomes and escape abusive situations Every day Sediqa, 26, walks for two hours to get to her jewelry making class. “I save my transportation allowance to buy food for my children,” she says. With four chilmore

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Afghan parliamentarian Masouda Karokhi Receives the 2013 N-Peace Award

An Afghan women’s rights activist, Masouda Karokhi, has received in Kabul the 2013 N-Peace Award, an initiative supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Ms. Karokhi, who has been a member of the Afghan parliament since 2005, was the winner of the role model for peace more

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Women members of the High Peace Council present to UNDP a 250,000-signature petition calling for peace

The women’s committee of the High Peace Council (HPC), an Afghan body involved in the country’s peace efforts, has submitted today a petition – containing the signatures of more than 250,000 Afghan women and girls calling for peace – to the Country Director of the United Nations Development Programmmore

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Religious Inter-school Competition Inspires Young Leaders

Kabul, Afghanistan: “I want to be the President of Afghanistan.” This is Zhania’s response when asked about her ambitions. Zhania Zainab is the top scorer among the students of her school and for the last three years has attended a madrassa (religious school). She attended an interschool religious cmore

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Future officers buoyed by post-elections praise for police

Following the 5 April 2014 national elections, the Afghan National Police (ANP) were praised for providing improved security which enabled citizens to vote in the country’s elections despite serious threats. The applause came from within Afghanistan – police were even presented with flowers in some more

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Afghan youth votes in historic election

Despite rain and security challenges in many parts of the country, Afghans went to the polls on 5th April in Presidential and Provincial Council elections. The election marks the first time in Afghanistan’s history that power is handed from one democratically elected government to another. Young Afgmore

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Local decision-making improves women’s lives in Afghanistan

In the village of Jukna in Badghis Province, Gulsatan recalls how in earlier days women had to walk four kilometres daily simply to collect drinking water for their families. The 45-year-old widow, a mother of six, is relieved those days are now past. ”They collected water from uncovered reservoirs more

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Afghanistan’s first female district police chief: Colonel Jamila Bayaz

Afghanistan: Pioneering police chief paves way for women She was supposed to be an engineer. But Jamila Bayaz lasted a year studying engineering at Kabul University before finally convincing her family to let her join the police force. That was three decades ago when such a career for a woman in Afgmore

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Code of Conduct underpins modern policing in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s national police force virtually disappeared as a legacy of decades of conflict. Hikmatullah Stanikzai, 26, and Safiullah Stanikzai, 25, are part of a new generation at the Afghan National Police (ANP), determined to rebuild a renewed police force capable of protecting the rights of citmore

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Ushering in a ‘Green’ Bags Culture, Saying No to Plastic Glut in Afghanistan

UNDP-GEF Small Grants Programme Promotes Fabric and Paper Bags To Save Environment Faced with the growing menace of plastic glut in provinces from Herat to Helmand, Mazar to Maidan Wardak and practically every city, small town and village of Afghanistan, a non-governmental organization in Kabul is more

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Trading Guns for Tube-Wells, Sowing Seeds of Lasting Peace

Mohammad Akbar (name changed), 47, a former combatant from a village in one of the northern provinces of Afghanistan, turned in his weapons, along with those of his ten men to the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Programme (APRP). APRP is led by the Government of Afghanistan and supported by the more

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Portrait of a young man as a civic educator

Mazar-e-Sharif: A class of 130 female students at the Mawlana Institute of Health Sciences in downtown Mazar, listen in rapt attention as Abdullah Ahmadi (name changed), 25, a civic educator and his team explains the finer details of the on-going voter registration process to the young students: themore

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Building Peace through Community Involvement

In Afghanistan, a UNDP programme helps communities come together in peace to develop and prosper. In a remote, rugged province in eastern Afghanistan, the raging waters from the surrounding mountains have often flooded the 8000 homes that line the local river’s path. The river regularly ravaged the more

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Women Learn Small Business Skills, Look To Future with Hope

Aliabad, Mazar-e-Sharif: Five days in a week, Laila, a single mom of five children including an 18-year-old daughter, walks to the Food Processing Center in Aliabad village just outside Mazar city, learning the finer aspects of basic business development. The centre, housed in the ground-floor more

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Enabling Responsive Governance, Cutting Time in Service Delivery

The Balkh Citizens Service Centre Mazar-e-Sharif: Marzia, resident of Baba Kambar area in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif, found her husband disappear after the floods. She was left to fend for herself and her three daughters. Marziya approached the Citizen Service Centre (CSC) located in the Provincial more

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Afghan Policewomen Get Skills to Lead Change and Restore Trust

One of the top ten priorities of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) is to promote gender equity and women as role models of change in the Afghan National Police (ANP). UNDP’s Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOFTA) is supporting the MoI in training policewomen in leadership and management skillmore

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Mushroom Cultivation Training In India Opens New Vistas for Afghan Farmers

Kabul, Afghanistan: Sherpur, a tony neighborhood in the heart of Kabul city and a busy urban sprawl is the most unlikely place to find a vegetable farm. In one of the obscure lanes here surrounded by plush apartment blocks that are home to a gaggle of foreigners, Haji Nisar Ahmad runs a mushroom resmore

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Herat Women Get Legal Help to Fight Desertion and Domestic Violence

Fatima (name changed), resident of Injil on the outskirts of Herat city in western Afghanistan, was married to her first cousin Sultan, at age 15. Unable to cope with the daily physical violence of her husband who also forbade her from attending school, and daily arguments with her mother-in-law, shmore

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Afghan women muster courage to escape domestic violence

Newly-married and pregnant Amena recently took the bold step of leaving her violent husband. She is among the millions of Afghan women for whom life has improved over the past decade. Today, more women are able to access services, like legal aid, participate in decision-making, and more girls are enmore

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Local Democracy and Development Go Hand-in-Hand

Mahmud-i-Raqi, Kapisa Province—Mushtari, a 42-year-old high school graduate and secretary of the District Development Assembly of Mahmudi-Raqi district, some 80 kilometres north of Kabul, is presenting to fellow Assembly members a project to build a primary school for girls. Having just completed a more

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Government Turns to Merit-Based Recruitment

Sayra Shakib Sadat was a young female school student from an illiterate family, living in an isolated village in northern Afghanistan, when fighting broke out among political leaders and the mujahidin in the early 1980s. The fighters ran a brutal racket of extortion and violence, and government healmore

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Afghan police recruit women to fight crime and stigma

Kabul, Afghanistan — It was four years ago that Captain Zohra Daulatzia joined the Afghan National Police. But the mother of two girls still gets excited about that momentous day in her life when she achieved one of her life’s greatest ambitions. “I was excited to wear the uniform and feltmore

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Bringing the Police Closer to the People

Farza, Kabul Province: Colonel Noor Aqa Ibrahimkhail, the district Chief of Police for Farza, located 45 kilometres north of Kabul, is a veteran officer who has experienced many brushes with violence and unrest throughout his career. But compared to his previous postings, he says, Farza is a hamore

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New environmental councils spur development in provincial communities

Char-i-Kar, Parwar Province: Standing at the edge of Joe-e-Projey canal in the northern town of Char-i-Kar, Mohammad Tahir, a car mechanic, rues the fate of children who drink water from the local canal. “This canal has snuffed out many, many young lives. It is a bed of dirt and disease,” he says samore

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Lighting Up the Homes and Lives of Thousands

Borghaso, Bamyan Province: Eleven-year-old Mohamed Nasim, who is in sixth grade, wakes up at 5:30 every morning to take computer lessons in a makeshift classroom here in Borghaso village, Bamyan Province, northwest of Kabul. He draws a house in Microsoft Paint, colors it, and types his name in the cmore

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Results in Focus
UNDP Afghanistan 2013 Annual Report

During 2013, UNDP Afghanistan remained committed to maintaining a close working relationship with Afghanistan’s government and people. It reorganised its work around the areas of inclusive and legitimate politics; sub-national governance and development; rule of law; and the cross-cutting areas of gender, capacity development, and poverty and the environment. In this context, projects were implemented and results achieved in the areas of peacebuilding, rule of law, democratic governance, poverty reduction and livelihoods, and managing resources for sustainability and resilience. For more information, please download the full report. English PDF 

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