Reconstruction Aid - GovernanceEnlarge image A parliamentarian votes. (© picture-alliance/dpa)
Germany supports key Afghan investment programs and the recurrent costs of the Afghan state through its regular contributions to the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF - 203 million Euro since 2002). Germany also actively participates in the ARTF’s Incentive Programme. Whilst the newly established Regional Capacity Development Fund (RCDF) aims at strengthening political and administrative structures at the province and district level in northern Afghanistan, the Open Policy Advisory Fund’s (OPAF) objective is to strengthen the Afghan administrations’ capacity at the national level in designing and realizing structural reforms. Capacity in Afghan ministries is also enhanced by providing German-Afghan experts through CIM (Centrum für internationale Migration und Fachkräfte) and through a German contribution to the Afghan Government’s Civilian Technical Assistance Plan (CTAP).
The cooperation in the field of rule of law reflects the crucial importance of the justice sector for the overall success of state-building in Afghanistan. Since 2004, Germany has supported training to bolster the Afghan judicial and public administration systems. Support to improving the political, social and economic conditions of women is part of the ongoing gender mainstreaming project. Through international organizations, Germany has also provided funding for elections in Afghanistan.