In Afghanistan, not only a long-lasting conflict but also recurrent disasters have been undermining development efforts in the country as the country is prone to hydro-meteorological and climatic hazards and its North and North-East is a highly seismic zone at the fringe of Pamir and Himalayan ranges. Rapid urbanisation and climate change are putting further challenges in the Afghan cities. In order to achieve Sustainable Development Goals in Afghanistan, it is imperative to enhance the resilience of urban communities. From 2017 to 2019, UN-Habitat implemented Project for City Resilience in Afghanistan in two cities, the capital city of Kabul and the third largest city Mazar-i-Sharif. It demonstrated how to strengthen the capacity of Afghan cities for disaster risk reduction through a people centred preventive approach and innovations in localizing the Sendai Framework and other post-2015 frameworks and agendas.

“We were facing many problems during heavy rain in winter and lost two girls’ life and many other assets in our community. We constructed a flood canal and various disaster risk awareness raising activities, and people have safer life now”

Jawed Nawid, Chairperson of Gozar Assembly (Community Organization), District 13 of Kabul

Over
41,000
urban residents strengthened their resilience against natural hazards
98
vulnerable houses and 48 vulnerable school classes buildings retrofitted for demonstration
82
government officials were trained for city resilience with a series of training, workshops and consultations

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Donors and partners

The new National Disaster Risk Reduction Strategy was launched by the government with support by the Project and Office for Northeast Asia and Global Education and Training Institute of UNISDR. The Project concept was developed with support from ROAP UNISDR.

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Hiroshi Takabayashi
UN Afghanistan Office
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