Sustainable Livelihoods and Social Development (SLSD)

Project completed

The South-East of Afghanistan was particularly deprived of development efforts of the last ten years and before. The Liaison Office (TLO) rooted in this region is a capable and experienced Afghan partner to coordinate community based initiatives in close cooperation with formal and informal actors, women and men. Improved land and water management and resolved conflicts around these resources will contribute to reduce poverty, strengthen local governance, and human security.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Agriculture & food security
Conflict & fragility
Agricultural development
Agricultural water resources
Conflict prevention
15.05.2013 - 31.05.2016
CHF 3'132'300

Due to three decades of subsequent conflicts and wars the south-eastern region of Afghanistan has been trapped in a vicious circle of violence and poverty. Accordingly, the poverty level is significantly higher than the national average of 35.8%, namely 47.9% in Khost and 60.6% in Paktia. Livelihoods options are very limited and consist mainly of subsistence agriculture, animal husbandry, local trade, and few government functions. Remittances are an important source of income. Disputes around land and water are a main source of conflicts, due to unclear legal frameworks and weak conflict resolution mechanisms. Access to basic services is very limited. Compared to the national literacy average of 40% m/20% f, the rate in the target region is 25% m/1.5% f.


Contribute to social cohesion and economic development in the south-east region with improved natural resources management and income opportunities benefitting both men and women while building capacities of local actors.

Target groups

The rural population in six selected districts in Khost and Paktia Provinces and the formal and informal institutions on community, district and provincial levels (Community Development Councils CDCs, District Development Assemblies DDAs, District Governors DGs PGs, relevant line departments, shuras, maliks, tribal elders)

Medium-term outcomes
  1. Communities improve and diversify agricultural and livestock production.
  2. Communities resolve their conflicts on natural resources by applying sustainable water, land and forest management practices.
  3. Local actors and service delivery institutions (public and private) in the two provinces effectively manage social and economic develop¬ment and deliver needed services to the people.


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign NGO
  • The Liaison Office (TLO), registered as an Afghan NGO with the Ministry of Economy.

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   3'132'300 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   3'110'034
Project phases Phase 3 01.08.2019 - 31.07.2023   (Current phase) Phase 2 01.06.2016 - 31.07.2019   (Completed)

Phase 1 15.05.2013 - 31.05.2016   (Completed)