Afghanistan Subnational Governance Programme (ASGP)

Effective subnational governance is a fundamental part of Afghanistan’s development agenda. The capacity of subnational institutions at provincial, district and municipality levels is instrumental to peace and development of the Afghan people. The Afghanistan Subnational Governance Programme (ASGP) of the UNDP improves local government institutions’ capacity to govern and strengthens the oversight capacities of elected provincial councils on government performance and service delivery.

Land/Region Thema Periode Budget
01.12.2013 - 30.06.2015
CHF 3'854'773

The new subnational governance policy (SNGP) of Afghanistan requires that deputy provincial governors and district governors are appointed on the basis of a transparent merit based re-cruitment process. However, the implementation of this policy is still erratic because of the pre-vailing culture of patronage. Provincial Councils (PCs) are the only representative bodies at the subnational level which are established through constitutionally mandated elections, but due to a lack of capacity, these elected bodies cannot exercise their responsibility adequately. Almost all services are delivered by the central minis¬tries in Kabul straight through their line depart¬ments. This is not conducive for the coordination between the local government and the line au-thorities. Up to now provinces and districts have no budgetary authority. This may change with the planned provincial budgeting policy. Only mu¬nicipalities have the authority to raise and retain revenue for the delivery of public services. Bamyan and Daykundi are focus provinces of this contribution. Bamyan was among the first provinces to align its governance and develop-ment planning along the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS). Daykundi may soon achieve this benchmark.


The overall goal of the ASGP is to strengthen the democratic state and to enhance the govern-ment’s capacity to govern and ensure better quality public service delivery at the subnational level through democratically elected oversight bodies, policy advice and capacity development.


The ultimate beneficiaries of the programme are the Afghan citizens who benefit from better public services and more accountable and transparent governance. The direct beneficiaries are the subnational and central institutions:

  • The Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG).
  • Provincial Governor’s Offices (PGOs).
  • District Governor’s Offices (DGOs).
  • Mayors’ offices in 153 urban centers
  • 34 PCs
Mittelfristige Wirkungen


  • National systems, procedures and legal frameworks to implement, coordinate and monitor the SNGP are in place.
  • Provincial and district governors’ offices have the capacity to manage provincial and district governance, development and security strategies in accordance with the ANDS.
  • Provincial Councils (PCs) and District Coun-cils (DCs) have an improved capacity to rep-resent citizens’ interests and to monitor sub-national governance and development.
  • Municipalities have the legal basis and capac-ity to collect revenue and deliver basic public services.



Resultate von früheren Phasen:  

  • The IDLG has the SNGP in place and imple-ments it.
  • Enhanced capacity of the IDLG as result of capacity building efforts at national level
  • Capacity of selected provincial and district governments enhanced.
  • Better service delivery of trained sub-national civil servants (9,449 civil servants received basic trainings).
  • 13 municipalities enabled to increase their locally generated revenue by 40%.
  • Sub-national level roll out of public administration reform (PAR) leading to the sub-national implementation of pay and grading and merit based appointments

Verantwortliche Direktion/Bundesamt DEZA
Kreditbereich Entwicklungszusammenarbeit
Projektpartner Vertragspartner
Organisation der Vereinten Nationen (UNO)
  • Entwicklungsprogramm der Vereinten Nationen
  • UNDP Afghanistan.

Budget Laufende Phase Schweizer Beitrag CHF   3'854'773 Bereits ausgegebenes Schweizer Budget CHF   3'854'773
Projektphasen Phase 4 01.12.2015 - 31.12.2018   (Active)

Phase 3 01.12.2013 - 30.06.2015   (Active)