European Union External Action

EU projects in Afghanistan

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The stabilisation and development of Afghanistan are priorities for the EU. To maximise the impact of EU aid and improve overall aid effectiveness, the EU is promoting coordination amongst donors.

Assistance from the EU Budget is managed by the European Commission (EC), through the European Union Delegation to Afghanistan in Kabul. The EU's legal and strategic framework for development cooperation with Afghanistan is rooted in the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI) and includes a Strategy for Afghanistan 2014-2016 and a Multiannual Indicative Programme (MIP). CSPs and MIPs define focal areas as well as the broad objectives of cooperation and are formally agreed with the Government of Afghanistan. These agreements are further implemented through Annual Action Programmes (AAP) and Financing Agreements setting out specific actions. All Financing Agreements are signed with the Ministry of Finance.

The current MIP defined EU interventions in four focal areas - agriculture and rural development, health, policing and rule of law and democratisation and accountability. In addition to receiving bilateral assistance, Afghanistan is the recipient of EU funds under regional programmes for Asia, in particular Aid for Uprooted People, as well as thematic programmes such as Food Security, Non-State Actors, the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights and the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace. Humanitarian assistance is provided by the Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) which has a separate office in Kabul.

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