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 and Tajikistan 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.