The Afghan capital Kabul serves as the point of coordination for all activities in the country. It is home to the government, ministers, the German Embassy, numerous non-governmental organisations, and development cooperation agencies of all donor countries. It is the place where legislation is drafted, strategies are devised, civilian construction projects are initiated and development concepts are implemented, in several cases with support from the German Cooperation with Afghanistan.

The German Cooperation with Afghanistan has been working in Kabul for many years. Advisory services are provided to partners at political level in order to optimise national policies and processes, fight corruption and introduce rule of law principles. As well as its involvement in programmes in the area of good governance, the German government funds a large number of educational and training initiatives. Additionally, it provides support for energy, health care, water supply and waste disposal projects.

In order to coordinate joint efforts in support of Afghanistan as effectively as possible, consultations are held in Kabul between all stakeholder groups and the Afghan government. In this way, decisions are often made on the design of projects at provincial, district and municipal level. A wide range of programmes have helped to effect change and improve local people’s living conditions.

This section provides you with an overview of the German Cooperation with Afghanistan’s activities in Kabul.

Projects in Focus

A Park for Peace in the Heart of Kabul War and civil war have destroyed much of the public infrastructure and many buildings in Kabul. The 12-hectare Chihilsitoon Park in the heart of the city and its 19th century palace, Qasr-e Chihilsitoon, have also fallen into disrepair. more
Better Water Supply for Kabul According to the World Health Organization (WHO), only about one third of Afghanistan’s urban population and five per cent of its rural population is currently connected to a regular drinking water supply. Kabul’s municipal waterworks manages roughly 60,800 household connections. Existing infrastructure is also in poor condition: water pipelines, pumping stations and reservoirs, if they exist at all, are often dilapidated and lose about 30 per cent of water through leaks. more
Clean Energy as a Driver of Development A regular electricity supply is something very few Afghans can take for granted. Although the Afghan government is implementing a new master plan for the electricity sector and has a national strategy for renewable energy, still only around a quarter of the population are connected to the power grid. more
Citizen-Focused Policing At present, the Afghan National Police (ANP) are not fully able to perform their tasks of enforcing law and order and responding to citizens enquiries. Police work is made difficult not only by the tense security situation in Afghanistan. more
Experts for the Reconstruction of Afghanistan Significant progress has been made in recent years in reconstructing Afghan ministries and administrative systems. Today, Afghan institutions are increasingly managing reconstruction and donor coordination themselves. more
Experts on Mining and Raw Materials Afghanistan is rich in raw materials. But so far the Afghan state has not succeeded in deriving substantial revenue from these mineral resources. One reason for this is the shortage of welltrained technical experts and managers in the mining sector. more
Healthcare for Overburdened Communities Since 2016, more than 1.6 million Afghan nationals who had fled from armed conflict and violence to Pakistan and Iran have returned to their homeland. Many of them are destitute and cannot resettle in their former home. In the province of Kabul alone, around 170,000 people sought refuge in 2016 and 2017, due to the comparatively good security situation and better income opportunities. more
Legal certainty for all citizens The Afghan Constitution, adopted in 2004, guarantees equal rights for men and women. This is also reflected in the international human rights treaties signed by Afghanistan. While many new laws and policy programmes adhere to the spirit of the new legal system, their implementation is slow. more
Reforms for an Effective and Trustworthy State Decades of armed conflict have shattered Afghan society, along with its state structures. There has been some improvement in state and administrative functions, but citizens, businesses and investors are still not benefiting from all the necessary public services. more
Sustainable Water and Wastewater Management Water is a scarce commodity in many Afghan urban and rural areas. While Afghanistan has made large strides in expanding water supply in recent years, the majority of the urban population still does not have access to clean drinking water. The rural population draws water from wells and watercourses or has to buy it from water tankers. These scarce water resources are increasingly overused and polluted. more

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