UNAMA promotes coherent support to Afghanistan government’s sustainable development and governance priorities, including through support for development planning, resource mobilization, and coordination of international donors and organizations.
As an integrated Mission, UNAMA works with UN agencies, funds and programmes in Afghanistan, as One UN for Afghanistan, to achieve greater coherence, enhanced coordination with relevant stakeholders active in the development and humanitarian field and full alignment with the government’s national priorities.
This area of work is led by Deputy Special Representative, Ramiz Alakbarov, who is also the UN Resident Coordinator for Afghanistan, responsible for the coordination of the work of the UN Country Team. The UNCT in Afghanistan comprises 20 agencies, funds and programmes with offices in Afghanistan.
In 2016, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoIRA) launched the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework (ANPDF) to carry the country forward from 2017 to 2021.
UNAMA and the United Nations Agencies, Funds and Programmes recognize the ANPDF, and the development planning system that underpins it, as the single coordinating structure for development assistance. It was updated in 2020 - Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework (ANPDF II), together with the Afghanistan Partnership Framework (APF) adopted at the 2020 Afghanistan Conference co-organized by the GoIRA, the Government of Finland and UNAMA.
The overarching goal of the ANPDF is to reduce poverty and improve the welfare of the people. Its aim to achieve self-reliance highlights the long-term goals of sustainable development: ending poverty through credible national budget processes; abolishing corruption; improved governance; organizational reforms and ensuring peace and stability. These priorities are aligned with Afghanistan’s commitments to international norms and standards, including the SDGs. Progress on the ANPDF from 2017 to 2021 was considerable, in spite of the challenging environment.
In 2021, a new UN-Afghanistan Sustainable Development Framework is jointly being developed for 2021–2025 and is expected to streamline the national priorities under three pillars of peacebuilding, state-building and market-building, explicitly linked to the SDGs.