Afghanistan Urban Peacebuilding Programme

Project completed

Afghanistan’s cities grow rapidly. Crime, insecurity and social disintegration are an increasing problem for people in urban areas. The government is struggling to improve the situation affecting its legitimacy and public trust. The Afghanistan Urban Peacebuilding Programme supports municipalities and community-based structures to tackle insecurity through an inclusive approach. The ambition is twofold: improve urban security and governance for city dwellers.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Conflict & fragility
Conflict prevention
Public sector policy
Security system management and reform
01.04.2015 - 31.07.2018
CHF 6'930'000

Afghanistan is a “fragile state” with weak formal governance, high rates of poverty and chronic insecurity. Insurgent attacks, while increasing, aren’t the main security challenge for Afghan civilians in 2013. Land disputes, non-insurgent-related physical attacks, ordinary theft and burglary affect daily lives even more. Afghanistan is one of the world’s fastest urbanizing countries placing enormous pressure on local governments and security providers to supply services and achieve peaceful and inclusive cities. Cities concentrate the risks associated with insecurity and disorder: chronic poverty, steep inequality, state weakness and the reduced solidarity associated with city life.


Women and men, girls and boys, in cities have increased trust in the local government’s capacity to uphold rights, achieve safe, secure and inclusive cities, contributing to improved government legitimacy.

Target groups
  • Women and men, girls and boys, in particular from marginalized groups, in eight Afghan cities
  • Municipalities and Municipal Advisory Boards
  • Communities, CDCs and Gozar Assemblies
  • Civil society organizations
  • Relevant national ministries and directorates
  • Indirectly (replication): above stakeholders in at least 2 other cities
Medium-term outcomes
  1. Municipalities in collaboration with line departments better plan and implement demand-driven and inclusive services in the area of safety and security.
  2. Communities, particularly excluded and under-represented groups, increasingly and with a spirit of solidarity engage in civic affairs and municipal governance.
  3. The national government establishes a framework for accountable, transparent and participatory municipal governance in particular in the area of safety and security.

Expected results:  

  • Participatory citywide/district safety assessments undertaken and inclusive city strategies/plans developed and endorsed.
  • Area-based participatory community safety assessments and plans developed (Gozar level).
  • Service and infrastructure projects implemented in Community Development Councils (CDCs) and Gozars addressing the needs and priorities of women, youth, the poor, vulnerable and excluded.
  • Improved enabling environment for municipal/community-based governance and urban safety, security and peacebuilding.


Results from previous phases:  


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
United Nations Organization (UNO)
  • Other Swiss Non-profit Organisation
  • United Nations Human Settlements Program

Other partners

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kabul

Coordination with other projects and actors
  • Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit
  • Afghanistan Democratic Policing Programme
  • Afghanistan Subnational Governance Programme
  • Justice and Human Rights in Afghanistan
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   6'930'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   6'918'680
Project phases Phase 99 01.05.2018 - 31.03.2024   (Current phase) Phase 2 01.05.2018 - 30.04.2021   (Current phase)

Phase 1 01.04.2015 - 31.07.2018   (Completed)