The results in context
Rule of Law
The objective of the Netherlands’ involvement in this theme is to strengthen nationwide judicial institutions to increase access to justice and the use of legal services with a special focus on women. Our partners in this field are IDLO, GIZ and The Asia Foundation.
Several projects have received support in recent years:
Kunduz Rule of Law II, by GIZ;Afghan Justice Institutions Strengthening, by IDLO;Improving justice for women, by GIZ
Through these projects, lawyers and other legal professionals were trained to improve their knowledge and become trainers themselves. The Afghan Independent Bar Association played an important role in the training programme.
As well as training legal professionals, attention was also paid to the beneficiaries of the legal system: Afghan citizens. Family Counselling Centres were established to provide (free of charge) legal counselling. In comparison to the previous year, twice as many cases were brought to the ‘Huquq’ department by women. This is a clear example of how the programme has contributed to an improvement in access to justice.
Security and Stability
The objective of the Netherlands’ involvement in this theme is to contribute to improved long-term security and stability in Afghanistan and the surrounding region, including an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.
In 2018, the Netherlands contributed EUR 7 million to the Afghan National Army Trust Fund. This multinational Trust Fund has four focus areas to improve the capacities of the Afghan National Army: literacy, capability building and standardisation, integrity building and women’s participation. In 2018, the Netherlands contributed to the modernisation of classrooms and teacher rooms at the Kabul Military High School, for example, as well as to the purchase of medical equipment and Electronic Countermeasures equipment (to better recognise Improvised Explosive Devices) for the ANDSF
Social development and the improvement of livelihoods in Afghanistan are crucial to enhance the stability of Afghan society, in general, and to improve and sustain economic stability. Given the complex security situation and harsh natural conditions, including the impact of climate change, communities’ resilience and resistance to natural disasters needs to be strengthened.
While the Netherlands supports several activities on this theme, the largest financial contribution is made through the multi-donor trust fund Afghan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), managed by the World Bank (WB).