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The Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA) was established by the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 2002 and amended in 2008 as a mechanism for the international community to provide financial support to the Ministry of Interior Affairs (MOIA) and the Ministry of Finance (MOF) for the establishment, payment, equipment and training of the Afghan National Police (ANP) and the General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Centers (GDPDC) in Afghanistan.

Based on consultations conducted in 2016-2017, a growing view emerged that the scope of LOTFA should be expanded to include the entire justice chain (police, courts and corrections) and thereby cover all security and justice institutions, with an increased focus on anti-corruption.

LOTFA has now been established as a ‘Multi-Partner Trust Fund’ to support the GIROA in its efforts to strengthen the Rule of Law and as an enabler for improving national security and development.  As outlined in the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework (ANPDF, 2017), “In Afghanistan, security, unrest, and under-development are inextricably linked.  Building the legitimacy and effectiveness of the state is, therefore, an important goal in and of itself.  This focus on a stable and legitimate state reinforces the importance of advancing peace, building political consensus, and stabilizing security.”  To address the continuing security challenges, the GIROA has proposed a comprehensive reform of the justice and security sector, to restore confidence and ensure the Rule of Law, justice and security and to combat pervasive corruption, as prerequisite and enabler of sustainable economic reforms.  This is consistent with global best practices and development research demonstrating that “security, justice and jobs” are the most crucial factors in breaking chronic cycles of violence and insecurity.  

The revised Trust Fund provides an opportunity to establish a platform to bring Government and development partners together in support of the national development strategies to ensure greater coherence in policy, planning, programming, monitoring and adaptive management of change; and to consolidate ongoing and future interventions under one Government-led coordination mechanism between the Government, UN and Donors.  This will bolster the Government’s ability to guide and steer partners’ interventions in a comprehensive, integrated and coordinated manner. This is also in line with the One UN framework, which supports the GIROA in achieving the ANPDF and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Assistance Strategy

The revision of the Trust Fund comes at an opportune moment with the approval of the new MOIA Strategic Plan (2017), the National Justice and Judicial Reform Plan (2017), the Afghanistan National Strategy for Combatting Corruption (2017) and Afghanistan’s National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 – Women, Peace and Security (2015).

The Fund’s Strategic Framework and activities have been aligned to these. The Fund Theory of Change can be summarized as follows: (1) If national institutions increasingly provide responsive and effective State-based Rule of Law services to meet the needs and expectations of the people, then people will acknowledge the State’s authority and monopoly as security provider within the country. (2) If responsive national institutions demonstrate a continuous engagement with people to improve performance and service-delivery, then people will strengthen their confidence in the State. (3) If State legitimacy and trust in its democratic authorities are sustained over-time, then the Afghan State will have a viable and durable way ahead. 

The Fund’s goals are to i) improve State-based Rule of Law service-delivery to Afghan people; ii) increase security and safety for Afghan people  at community-level; and iii) foster trust in the State and enable the State to build its legitimacy with the Afghan people.

The Strategic Objectives of the Fund are organized according to the four established ‘Thematic Windows’, i.e. 1) Security, 2) Justice, 3) Anti-Corruption and 4) MOIA Payroll.  Meeting the financial requirements of MOIA Payroll will remain the primary priority of the Fund. The Strategic Framework will be reviewed annually to ensure the Fund’s policy decisions, funding allocations and project approvals are aligned with the Government’s strategies, plans and priorities. 


The Fund's governance involves three levels: Operation (Steering Committee, Technical Working Groups and the Trust Fund Management Unit), Design and Administration (MPTF Office) and Implementation (implementing entities).

The Steering Committee is the highest decision-making authority within the Trust Fund and is charged with the strategic guidance and general supervision of the Fund.  It is chaired by the Ministry of Interior plus Deputy Chairs and co-chaired by the UNDP Resident Representative.

The Trust Fund Management Unit (TFMU) is the entity responsible for the operational functioning of the Fund and this function is performed by the UNDP Country Office in Afghanistan.  The TFMU provides technical and administrative support to the Steering Committee and the Technical Working Groups (TWG) and organizes the processes of projects’ proposals revisions, Fund's monitoring, evaluation and reporting as well as risk management.

The Technical Working Groups (TWG) serve as consultative bodies for each Thematic Window to coordinate the provision of technical inputs and support to assessments, studies, surveys, reviews and evaluations, as well as project proposal reviews, project monitoring, risk management and implementation issues.  The TWGs will provide recommendations to the Steering Committee for decision-making and will operate on the premise of consensus.

Funding for the Multi-Partner Trust Fund utilizes a pass-through funding modality, where funds are channeled through the Administrative Agent. The Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) of the UNDP serves as the Administrative Agent (AA) of the Fund. The AA is responsible for concluding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Recipient UN Organizations and Standard Administrative Arrangements (SAAs) with donors, as well as for the receipt, administration, and management of contributions from donors; disbursement of funds to the Recipient UN Organizations; and consolidation of financial reports produced by each of the Recipient UN Organizations and provision of these reports to the Steering Committee and donors.

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Programme Issues in Afghanistan

UNDP Country Office in Afghanistan
  • Mr Jocelyn Mason, Resident Representative a.i.; E-mail:
  • Mr Napoleon Navarro, Senior Deputy Country Director; E-mail:
  • Mr Kunal Dhar, Chief, Rule of Law & Human Security Unit; Email:
  • Mr Robert Foort, Chief Finance Officer; Email:


Administrative Agent Issues in New York

Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office), Bureau of Management, United Nations Development Programme  

  • Ms Jennifer Topping, Executive Coordinator; Email:
  • Ms Eva Sáenz de Jubera, Fund Portfolio Manager; Telephone: +1 212 906 6594; E-mail:
  • Mr Sean Chen, Portfolio Associate; Telephone: +1 212 906 6061; E-mail:
  • Mr Aamir Maqsood Khan, Finance Specialist, Telephone: +1 212 906 6259; Email:
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