AUPP/ AUSSP is the first ‘Safer Cities Programme’, a global initiative of UN-Habitat, implemented in 8 strategic cities of Afghanistan since 2015. The programme aims at women, men, girls and boys in the cities to strengthen their trust with the local and national governments and achieve safe, secure and inclusive cities as an active stakeholder in the governance and social systems. The activities are implemented at the community, municipal and national levels, adopting the concept of Safety and Security that encompasses holistic socio-economic issues, not limited to crime preventions or physical protection from violence.

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city-wide and 114 community level Safety and Security assessments and action plans completed and 110 more to be completed by April 2021, introducing the concept of Safety and Security to urban planning.
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Safety and Security infrastructure (re)developed and additional 118 infrastructures to be completed by Apr 2021, with special attention to the women’s and girls’ needs. All in collaborations with communities, municipalities and line departments.
Citizens’ perception towards neighbourhood safety and security and trust with municipalities increased by
65% & 48%
respectively in the areas AUPP had interventions, followed by increased communications with citizens, municipalities and police authorities.

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AUPP/ AUSSP was designed with the recognition that one of the reasons of current poor urban safety situation is derived by citizens’ exclusion from governance processes and decision-making. As participation as a basic right, AUPP/ AUSSP has conducted community, municipality and police trainings on citizens’ rights and surveyed the impact of these trainings.

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Gender equality is culturally and historically challenging in the country that affected every sphere of the people’s lives. Where possible, the programme facilitated the mixed CDC (female and male to be in the same council) for both female and male to discuss their community issues at the same table to come up with the joint decisions. The programme facilitated CDCs to have 50% of female council members, for carefully listening to women and girls’ problems and respond to them under AUPP/ AUSSP. AUSSP is partnering with Ministry of Women’s Affairs for capacity building of the Ministry’s structure and staff to response to the national level needs to work for the gender issues.

 

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About 80% of the population consists of youth (18 to 35 years old in definition) in the country. AUPP/ AUSSP encourages youth to participate in CDCs to contribute to and learn from senior and peer members of the communities, as an equally important stakeholder for communities.

 

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AUPP/ AUSSP facilitates inclusive governance and society with participatory approach. This applies all the vulnerable groups including people with disabilities.

 

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Ministry of Urban Development and Land (MUDL)
Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG)/ Deputy Ministry of Municipa…
Ministry of Interior Affairs (MoIA)
Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA)
Kabul Municipality (KM)

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