San Francisco and Kabul, July 10, 2006 — United Nations Development Programme Awards The Asia Foundation $10.6 million to Strengthen the Office of the President
The Asia Foundation, the premier non-profit organization devoted to Asia’s development since 1954, announced today an agreement ofÂ $10.6 million awarded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support the development of central executive institutions involving the Office of the President in Afghanistan.
The award, which goes into effect immediately, will strengthen the Office of Administrative Affairs, the Council of Ministers Secretariat, and the Presidential Chief of Staff Office’s capacity by upgrading their organizational structures, procedures, office equipment and facilities, information technology, and policy coordination processes.
“With our priority focus on Afghanistan’s development, we are honored to be working with the United Nations Development Programme,” said Douglas Bereuter, President of The Asia Foundation. “This award will support the crucial objective of strengthening key intra-governmental relationships and democratic governance in Afghanistan.”
The award will be managed through the Foundation’s Kabul office, which has supported a range of projects in Afghanistan since 1954. Since 2002, the Foundation has assisted governance activities that include the Emergency Loya Jirga, constitutional process, 2004 presidential elections, and 2005 parliamentary elections.