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Initiative timeframe: 2013/2015

Total initiative costs

€ 2,300,000.0
Reparted as
  • Loans -
  • Grants € 2,300,000.0


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The Gender Equality Project II (GEP II) is a collaboration between the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and UNDP Afghanistan. It is a 3-year project (2013-2015) that aims to develop effective gender mainstreaming models and strengthens the capacity of government ministries and institutions to promote gender equality. The Project is in line with the goals set out for gender equity in the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS) and consistent with the National Action Plan for Women (NAPWA) and Millennium Development Goals (MDG). The Project has three key result areas: 1) Enhancement of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs’ (MoWA) capacity for policy making and oversight for NAPWA implementation; 2) Development of women’s entrepreneurship skills and capacity building of women cooperatives; and 3) Increasing access to justice for women including awareness on women’s rights among men and women. GEP II targets to cover 19 provinces. At present, GEP II has on-going activities in 11 provinces namely: Balkh, Samanangan, Badakshan, Herat, Badghis, Bamyan, Daikundi, Parwan, Nangarhar, Laghman, Helmand and Kabul. The Italian contribution has been allocated to key result area 1 More specificallty, with the Delibera no. 134 of 19 December 2012, the Comitato Direzionale approved the reallocation of contributions residues relating to projects completed Gender Equality Program I and Dismantling Illegal Armed Groups, with corresponding amendment of the relevant resolutions for a total amount of USD 813,868.00 for the benefit of the project Gender Equality Program II. read more close

Main outcome

To improve the capacity of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs of policy making and supervision of the implementation of the National Action Plan for the Women of Afghanistan.

Initiative data

Initiative number 008553
Purpose Women's equality organisations and institutions
Sector I.5.a. Government & Civil Society-general, Total


Agency MAE - Direzione Generale per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo
Counterpart authority Ministry of Women’s Affairs
Other financiers -


Ministry of Women Affairs

Title € Committed € Used
Project without name 2,300,000 2,300,000

Difficult recruitment of project staff

Delayed implementation of the project

Actions taken

UNDP stepped up through it Cross-Practice Unit


Grant to UNDP, total amount USD 813.868,00

Status Ongoing - 75%
Type Contributions
Procedure Direct Contracting/Direct Assignment
Procurement notice -