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Key Documents  
  • LOTFA MPTF Terms of Reference (TOR)
  • LOTFA MPTF Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)





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. 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 Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework (ANPDF) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Trust Fund will have an initial duration from November 2018 to December 2024.

Assistance Strategy

The Trust Fund Strategic Framework has been aligned with the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework (2017), 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 Trust Fund will design and deliver programming across the justice chain in order to support the effective delivery of State-based Rule of Law, through a carefully planned and sequenced, area-based approach – initially targeting and consolidating highly populated urban areas, and expansion to reach rural communities. Support to Police, formal justice and traditional dispute resolution mechanisms and Corrections should be integrated and planned, based on the needs of the Afghan population. The revised Trust Fund will also address critical programming gaps within the Rule of Law sector, such as a comprehensive engagement with the formal justice sector in their interaction with traditional dispute resolution mechanisms, while supporting the engagement of Afghan civil society and local media in security and justice reforms to enhance civilian oversight, monitoring and feedback loops as well as greater accountability and transparency.

The Trust Fund’s planning and programming will be guided by the Fund’s Strategic Framework, which defines the Strategic Objectives the Fund will pursue throughout the fund cycle. 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. 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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Key Figures
Funding Status
Participating Organizations are required to submit final year-end expenditures by April 30 in the following year; Interim expenditure figures are submitted on a voluntary basis and therefore current year figures are not final until the year-end expenditures have been submitted.
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Funds with Administrative Agent
Contributions from Donors 363,408,540  
Interest and Investment Income (from Fund) 3,056,894  
Interest (from Participating Organizations) 0  
Fund balance transferred to another MDTF -6,285,141  
Refunds by Administrative Agent to Contributors -31,580,608  
Total source of funds   328,599,686
Transferred to Participating Organizations 268,310,738  
Refunds from Participating Organizations 0  
Administrative Agent Fee 3,070,043  
Direct Cost 13,290,273  
Bank Charges 7,087  
Other 366,947  
Total use of funds   285,045,088
Balance with Administrative Agent   43,554,598
As a percentage of deposits   12.0%
Funds with Participating Organizations
Transfers to Participation Organizations 281,601,011  
Total resources   281,601,011
Participating Organizations' Expenditure 244,902,577  
Refunds from Participating Organizations 0  
Total expenses     244,902,577
Balance with Participating Organizations   36,698,434
As a percentage of transfers   13.0%
Total Balance of Funds   80,253,032
As a percentage of deposits   22.1%
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Programme Issues in Afghanistan

UNDP Country Office in Afghanistan
  • Mr Abdallah Al Dardari; UNDP Resident Representative; E-mail:
  • Hiroko Massey,; Trust Fund Management Unit (TFMU) Manager:
  • Wadzanayi Mushandikwa; M&E Specialist (LOTFA MPTF)- email:
  • Sainey Ceesay; Head - Governance for Peace (G4P) a.i. email:
  • Catherine Masaka-; Senior Deputy Resident Representative: Operations; email:   


 Administrative Agent Issues in New York

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

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