Strengthening Capacities: Efficient Monitoring & Evaluation in the Ministry for Refugees and Repatriates

Kabul, 14th December 2018 – Yesterday, the Afghan-German Cooperation assisted a seminar for the Afghan Deputy Ministry for Refugee Affairs in Kabul. The Afghan-German Cooperation’s Open Policy Advisory Fund (OPAF) supports the Afghan Deputy Ministry for Refugee Affairs with various capacity development activities in implementing its strategic plan 2015 – 2019. Main objectives consist of improving service provision to Afghan citizens as well as inter-ministerial coordination of topics relevant to migration.

On 13th December, seminar participants finalised educational manuals that shall become part of the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriates’ (MoRR) capacity building policies. They had been working on the manual for six months.

Since 2017, the Afghan-German Cooperation has supported the MoRR to set up an efficient monitoring and evaluation system and teaching relevant staff accordingly. The monitoring and evaluation system will help tracking data and activities efficiently and coordinating activities amongst various Afghan actors and ministries.

According to UNHCR, there are more than 2.6 million registered Afghan refugees worldwide and at least 2.5 million undocumented Afghans in Iran and Pakistan. With more than 1.000 officers and employees at the MoRR, the ministry can facilitate and allow a dignified return for many displaced persons. The Afghan-German Cooperation’s Open Policy Advisory Fund (OPAF) supports the MoRR to contribute to this effort.


The Open Policy Advisory Fund (OPAF) is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Since 2009, the project has been financing the deployment of expertise in Afghan institutions and training their staff to build capacities and facilitate the implementation of reforms in line with good governance criteria. Among other activities, the project has been organising professional or job-specific trainings for 130 employees working at state institutions so far, including courses on finance, data analysis and corruption assessment. At the same time, the project has been supporting the Independent Joint Anti-Corruption and Evaluation Committee (MEC) in producing eight reports on state institutions’ vulnerability to corruption.