Programming Flexibility

Programming Flexibility & Cooperation Beyond Priority Areas

While the measures in the priority area of Programming Flexibility cannot be assigned to any other priority area, they are also designed to permanently and sustainably improve the living conditions and prospects of people in Afghanistan and contribute to peace, security and sustainable growth.

For example, the German Government is working with the Swiss Government to assist the Afghan Ministry of Education to enhance the quality of primary and secondary education in Afghanistan. To this end, efforts are being undertaken to promote teacher training, revise curricula and gear learning content to a greater extent to the Afghan labour market. In this way, over 22,000 lecturers have already taken part in in-service teacher training since 2009.

A dedicated risk management system has been established in Afghanistan to enable the development measures commissioned by the German Government to be implemented effectively, even at times when the security situation is volatile. Drawing upon detailed analyses and comprehensive knowledge of the situation on the ground, security risks are being reduced and scope created for taking sufficient account of risk in decisions on the security of staff involved in the German Cooperation with Afghanistan.

Finally, the multi-faceted activities and achievements of development cooperation between the Afghan and the German government shall be recorded for communication to the public in Afghanistan and political decision-makers in both countries. For this purpose, an online database is being used to collect quantitative data to be utilised in a range of communications products and shared with the Afghan media. This raises public awareness of the Afghan-German Cooperation’s activities and increase transparency regarding these projects. Targeted monitoring measures also provide an opportunity to measure success and optimise future projects. Additionally, Afghan institutions are receiving assistance with aligning and evaluating their own development project work as effectively as possible and conducting qualitative data collection exercises and analyses.

For further information about our work in the priority area of Programming Flexibility, please see the project descriptions and the ‘Stories’ section.

Our work in this sector

Improving Education for a Better Future for Afghanistan A good education is scarce for children in northern Afghanistan. According to UNICEF, 3.7 million school-age children in Afghanistan do not attend school – 60 per cent of them girls. War and armed conflicts have left deep scars. In many locations, teaching is taking place in tents and dilapidated buildings, even today. more
Quality and Transparency of Development Projects Since 2009, the federal government has invested more than 3.8 billion euros in German cooperation with Afghanistan. This civil involvement is accompanied by critical public debate in both countries. The question often arises as to whether the funds are being used successfully and the desired objectives achieved. more