UNDP results in Afghanistan

23 Nov 2010

A woman cast her vote in the 2009 election in Afghanistan

Over 50 years of experience working in Afghanistan, through crisis and peace.


During these years, UNDP's mission has been one of building, rebuilding and improving both physical and institutional infrastructure.

Since the 2001 Bonn Conference, UNDP has provided assistance in support of the international community’s effort to build peace and foster recovery. Since then, we have gradually moved from early recovery to focusing on building state institutions increasingly adopting a more comprehensive approach to development.

UNDP Afghanistan is projected to deliver US$750 million in development aid in 2010 while working to consolidate our programmes, making them more efficient, impactful and responsive to the complex needs of our partners.

UNDP’s Country Programme was approved with a budget of US$1.1 billion for 2010-2013, based on the Afghan Government’s priorities. The volume of resources for the cycle will be much higher since 2010 delivery is to be almost 70 percent of that amount.

Acknowledging the difficulties and challenges—lack of security and extreme poverty—UNDP will continue to work alongside the people and the Government of Afghanistan capitalizing on our relationship of trust and neutrality. Our work on the ground enjoys a great deal of national as well as donor ownership, and will form a strong basis for the years ahead.

Reporting results

Jump To: Capacity Development | Democratic Governance | Poverty Reduction | Crisis prevention and recovery

Capacity development

Afghan paving road
(Photo: Shamsuddin Hamedi / UNAMA)
Construction of the Keshim-Faizabad road in the north-eastern province of Afghanistan.

With assistance from several donors, UNDP made important gains in developing the capacity of Afghanistan’s Government, Parliament, civil service and police. We provided advisory services to 10 ministries and supported civil service and local government top-level officials to develop management and leadership skills in financial management, office procedures, procurement and project development.

By the numbers: Capacity Development
  • Putting into operation an electronic payroll system and electronic direct payment system for police salaries, and providing financial and accountancy training for almost 1,000 Ministry of Interior officials.
  • Training of 300 police officials in gender concepts, including domestic violence against women and children.
  • Initiation of a $270 million programme to fund compensations to 14,000 farmers whose farms sustained serious damage during the military operation
  • Enhancing the ability of Members of Parliament to perform core functions such as bill drafting, researching, legislation and debate, and stepping up oversight of the executive branch.
  • Technical support to Afghanistan’s Ministry of Finance for a development-aid effectiveness conference in London in January and preparation for Kabul conference in July aimed at improving the country’s development, governance and security.
  • Assisting formulation of Afghanistan’s first sub-regional governance policy.

Democratic governance

Man shows his inked finger as proof of voting
(Photo: Jawad Jalali/UNAMA)
Afghans voted in Jalalabad on 18 September 2010 to elect their representatives for the Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of parliament.

Technical and operational support to the Independent Election Commission for the first ever Afghan-led parliamentary elections of the post-Bonn era, on 18 September 2010, resulted in about 4.2 million voters casting ballots.

By the numbers: Democratic governance
  • Procurement and delivery of 342 tonnes of material such as ballots and ballot boxes to 5,497 polling centres countrywide.
  • Issuance of almost 400,000 voter registration cards (40 percent to women) to new voters.
  • Registration of 2,500 candidates and accredit 380,000 candidate agents and observers.
  • Establishment of a Complaints and Fraud Investigation Unit in the Ministry of Finance. In 2009, the Unit received 200 complaints of fraud, of which 160 cases have been resolved.
  • More than 7,400 civil service positions were restructured and salary scales revised following UNDP collaboration for a new Pay and Grade Policy for employees of Provincial Councils and Governors’ Offices.
  • Assistance to Provincial Governors and ministries to prepare “gender sensitive budgets.”

Poverty reduction

A woman and a girl wash their hands
(Photo: UNAMA / Eric Kanalstein)
Afghanistan celebrated Global Hand-Washing Day 2010.

UNDP continues its livelihoods and poverty reduction programmes via employment of Afghans in their own localities.

By the numbers: Poverty reduction
  • Local Afghan communities completed a total of 320 projects in 2009, including building three clinics, six schools, 45 water supply projects, 199 irrigation systems, 56 transportation systems and eight public buildings. These projects generated over 492,761 working days for 109,360 people.
  • Communities were involved in 793 projects countrywide up to the end of October 2010.
  • District Development Assemblies have been established in nearly all Afghanistan’s provinces.

Crisis prevention and recovery

Bees being handed over to beneficiaries of a disarmament programme
(Photo: UNAMA / Eric Kanalstein)
Former mujahideen trade in weapons for bees through a disarmament programme, funded by UNDP.

UNDP’s crisis prevention and recovery efforts have helped the Government tackle issues of security, disarmament, narcotics and mitigation of natural disasters as well as start a major effort on peace and reintegration.

By the numbers: Crisis prevention and recovery
  • Procurement of non-lethal equipment for the Ministry of Interior Traffic, Fire-Brigade and Health Departments; as well as for the government programme for the Disbandment of Illegal Armed Groups at central and provincial levels.
  • Disbanding illegally armed groups, including militiamen loyal to government officials and former warlords in more than 120 districts. Some 700 illegal armed groups disbanded voluntarily and close to 50,000 illegally held weapons were collected in five years.
  • Amendment of a 30-year old Afghanistan National Disaster Management Law. Provincial Disaster Management Plans were formulated in six provinces with 10 more ongoing in 2010.

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Projected delivery in 2010

Democratic Governance

FundersTotal Expenditure in US$ millions
Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom (UK), European Commission (EC), CIDA, USAID175

Crisis Prevention and Recovery

FundersTotal Expenditure in US$ millions
Afghanistan, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Norway, The Netherlands, Switzerland, UK, United States, EC520

Poverty Reduction

FundersTotal Expenditure in US$ millions
Afghanistan, Canada, Denmark, Germany Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, UK53

Capacity development

FundersTotal Expenditure in US$ millions)
Canada, India, Italy, Norway, UK, Ausaid, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation2

Projected total: 750.000.000