The primary goals of stabilisation measures initiated by Germany in Afghanistan are to create a safe environment, to improve living conditions without delay, and to strengthen the capacity of government and civil society. This includes support for parliamentary and presidential elections, for approaches to reconciliation, and for the rule of law.

The German government promotes the creation of a police force that is capable of maintaining security based on the rule of law. Security in Afghanistan can be guaranteed in the long term only if the country’s security forces are able to take responsibility for all their functions. The support offered by the German government therefore includes an annual sum of around EUR 60 million for the UNDP-administered Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA), which pays the salaries of the Afghan police force. The Federal Government also funds literacy courses for male and female police officers in addition to programmes intended to build trust between police and the community. Between 2002 and 2014, the German bilateral police project provided training to more than 73,000 members of the Afghan police force.

Complementary to strengthening state structures, stability in Afghanistan is pursued by supporting civil society. This includes promoting the rights of women, children and young people (e.g. in cooperation with Medica Mondiale or Save the Children). Approaches that contribute directly to a peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan also receive support.

Robust livelihoods are also crucial for stability in Afghanistan. In addition to projects targeting the development of basic infrastructure (administrative buildings and hospitals), the Federal Government promotes the rehabilitation of urban infrastructure in Kabul (the Gardens of Babur, Chihilsitoon Garden). Similarly, the areas bordering Pakistan, Tajikistan and Iran are specifically supported through infrastructure projects that will not only improve the quality of life in the region but will also foster cross-border cooperation and economic development.

Internally displaced persons in Afghanistan are trained in crafts and supported in building their own houses with local resources. Local authorities receive training in conflict-sensitivity and in the fair treatment of newcomers to avoid conflict between refugee and host communities.

You can find detailed information about our work in the priority area of stabilisation in the project descriptions and the ‘Stories’ section.

Our work in this sector

Building Trust – Community Policing in Afghanistan In order to build trust between citizens and the police in Afghanistan and to resolve problems that arise within the police service more professionally, the German government supports measures to organise and hold dialogue forums and training courses. more
Integrating Refugees in Northern Afghanistan The German government is helping the Afghan Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations to provide accommodation and basic infrastructure in northern Afghanistan in order to facilitate the integration of internally displaced persons and returnees into host communities. more
Integrated Experts in Afghanistan In order to improve the management skills of Afghan Government ministries, key institutions and administrative bodies, the German Government is assisting with the placement of integrated experts on the Afghan labour market. more
Improving Health Care Provision for the Afghan People In order to safeguard public health in areas outside the capital Kabul, the German Government is supporting the reconstruction of, and the provision of adequate medical equipment for, health centres across Afghanistan. Measures to eradicate wild poliovirus in Afghanistan – one of the three countries where it is still endemic (the others being Nigeria and Pakistan) – are also funded by the German Government. more
Mining in Afghanistan – Improving University Education, Supporting Innovation In order to make better use of the potential offered by the raw materials sector, the German Government is assisting Afghanistan to improve its system of academic mining education, to align it to industry and labour market needs and to build its international networks. more
Promoting Cross-Border Development and Cooperation In order to improve the livelihoods of the people living in highly inaccessible border regions in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan, facilitate their cooperation and integration, and drive economic development, the German Government is supporting the expansion of the local socio-economic infrastructure. more
Improving Quality of Life and Creating Job Opportunities in the Heart of Kabul In order to create appropriate facilities for young people and women, the German Government is helping to revitalise the historic Chihilsitoon Park (‘40 Columns Park’) in southern Kabul. The park, at 12 ha Kabul’s largest, will now be given a modern layout and revitalised. more
School Sponsorship in Afghanistan – Improving the Quality of Education In order to achieve continuous improvements in the quality of education for young Afghans, the German Government is sponsoring three schools in Kabul – the Amani High School for Boys, the Aysha-e-Durani High School for Girls and the Lycée Jamhuriat (a secondary business school for girls) – to become schools of excellence. These model schools will serve as an example for others. more
Strong Local Government Structures to Stabilise Northern Afghanistan In order to strengthen local governance structures at district level and at the same time improve living conditions for Afghanistan’s rural population, the German Government is supporting the necessary capacity development measures and smaller infrastructure initiatives in Afghanistan. more
Supporting the Afghan Police Service – Training and Literacy The German Federal Government supports training and literacy measures for Afghan police officers to help improve stability and security throughout the country and increase the independence and expertise of the national police service. more

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