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The Kabul Conference was held on 20 July 2010 in Kabul and presented an Afghan-led plan for improving development, governance and security, including priority programmes to enhance service delivery. The Government put forward a credible, realistic and ‘achievable’ national agenda, underpinned by priority programmes and reform initiatives. These aim at producing tangible results for the Afghan people. In order to enable the Government to implement its prioritized agenda, renewed emphasis was placed on the need for sustained and coherent capacity-building support at national and at sub-national levels. The Kabul Conference is a critical stepping stone in a “Kabul Process” of transition to full Afghan leadership and responsibility, building on previous international commitments including the London Conference and outreach activities of the Afghan Government.


Under the overarching framework of the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS), the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), the outcome level goal of the UNDP project ‘Making Budgets and Aid Work’ (MBAW) is to focus on the critical elements of governance that directly contribute to increasing stability and institutional capacity.

Through the Joint Partnership with the Ministry of Finance (MoF) Government of Afghanistan and UNDP, MBAW Project provides technical support to the Budget Department that includes the Aid Management Department, Fiscal Policy Unit, Budget Execution Unit, Department of Policy in MoF and relevant line ministries to develop capacity for effective budget planning and management, policy and strategy development for better service delivery. It also strengthens Budget Execution processes to improve budget execution delivery as well as develops the institutional capacity of MoF and the link between the ANDS, National Priority Programmes (NPPs) and the national budget process.

In order to better link MBAW’s work with Afghanistan National Development Strategy’s (ANDS) objectives, principles of ownership have been integrated into MBAW’s work plan. The MBAW project Plan emphasizes the need to increase institutional capacity to eventually prepare for an exit strategy by 2015. This involves continuous capacity development and retention of national staff, with the gradual cessation of reliance upon foreign technical assistance.

Expected project outputs:

  • Improved Budget Planning and Management: (The budget is comprehensive, policy-based, prepared in an orderly manner, and supportive of the national development strategy)
  • Improved Policy and Strategy Development including Aid Coordination (Alignment of external assistance and improved aid effectiveness to support Afghanistan development goals and strategy)
  • Improved Budget Execution and Sustainable institutional capacity built within MoF and other Government of Afghanistan institutions