The Netherlands has been actively engaged in Afghanistan since 2001 in terms of defence support, later combined with development co-operation and diplomatic engagement, also known as the integrated 3D approach.
The aim of Dutch engagement is to ensure that Afghanistan will become self-reliant and to enable the country to become a safe, stable and well-governed nation. Dutch efforts focus on strengthening the rule of law, promoting security, peace and stability, social and economic development, and women’s rights.
The Netherlands has been an active development co-operation partner in Afghanistan since 2006. Over the years, the international community together with the Afghan government has achieved some significant results, such as the increase in the number of boys and girls that can attend school and the amount of people with access to electricity and water throughout the country.
Nevertheless, with the conflict ongoing and more than half of the population living below the poverty line, the country still has a long way to go to become a safe and self-reliant nation. Dutch efforts to contribute to this aim focus on strengthening the rule of law; promoting security, peace and stability; social and economic development; women’s rights; tackling the root causes of irregular migration; and preventing Afghanistan from again becoming a safe haven for international terrorism.