The Government of Switzerland contributes to the recruitment of 300 extra women into Afghanistan’s police system

300 extra women will be recruited into Afghanistan’s police force thanks to a contribution from the Swiss Government through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) to the UNDP administered Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA).
The agreement on a US$1.03 million donation, signed between SDC and UNDP on July 12 2006, will ensure the extra recruitment of police women across the country in areas such as Kabul, Mazar, Kunduz, Jalalabad, Herat and Kandahar.

At the same time the funds will be used to recruit, train and establish gender units in police headquarters and stations and to train and sensitise police officers on gender issues such as violence against women and to support an existing 160 women police officers.

The US$ 980,000 to be spent over a two year period will increase the enrolment of women into the police. A further US$ 50,000 will go towards the Electronic Payroll System, a major part of LOTFA, which ensures the timely payment of salaries through a nationwide computerised system.

UNDP has played an important role in enabling the Ministry of the Interior to begin the process of rebuilding the civilian police. In May 2002 UNDP established a Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA) to enable police to return to operation throughout the country, with the following priorities:

• Nationwide payment of police staff salaries
• Acquisition of non-lethal equipment
• Rehabilitation of department facilities
• Recruitment and training
• Institutional development.

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