Adapting Afghan Communities to Climate Induced Disaster Risks

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From September 26, 2017 to September 26, 2022

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 13.1 Strengthen resilience, adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards
  2. 13.3 Improve learning, capacity on climate change measures
  3. 13.b Build capacity for climate change planning, management

Project ID: 5398

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Technical team

  • Climate Change Adaptation Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Cross-sectoral climate resilient livelihoods
  • Climate information and early warning systems (CI & EWS)


  • Human altered areas


  • Rural areas

Transformed sector(s)


UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Institutional mechanism and system building


  • Capacity building
  • Monitor inventory
  • Governance


  • Institutional capacity building
  • Community capacity building
  • Technical capacity building
  • Knowledge/Data management
  • Impact assessment
  • Infrastructure building
  • Development planning

Social inclusion

  • Women
  • Local community/CSOs

Gender equality

  • Women farmers
  • Livelihoods for women

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender targeted


  • People pathway
  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Improve resilience

SDG target(s)

  • 13.1 Strengthen resilience, adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards
  • 13.3 Improve learning, capacity on climate change measures
  • 13.b Build capacity for climate change planning, management

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • Poverty reduction
  • Food and agricultural commodities strategy

About this project


Rural livelihoods in Afghanistan are threatened by the impacts of climate change and climate-induced disasters. Climate change projections indicate that total annual precipitation will decrease, with greater variability between seasons. This is expected to result in increased frequency and severity of climate-induced disasters such asflooding, drought and landslides, which will lead to loss of lives, displacement of communities, and loss of agricultural crops and livestock. Rural communities in Jawzjan and Nangarhar Provinces which have limited resources to invest in adaptation measures to reduce the risks posed by droughts, floods and landslides are particularly vulnerable to climate-induced disasters. To address the problem of increased vulnerability to the effects of climate change the project proposes to promote community-based and gender-sensitive adaptation to the impacts of climate change in Jawzjan and Nangarhar Provinces. This will be achieved through the implementation of activities under four complementary components. Firstly, the project will build capacities for decision-making and implementation of gender-sensitive climate induced disaster risk reduction measures by vulnerable communities. Secondly, community-based early warning systems will be established to improve monitoring of and response to climate-induced disasters in targeted communities. Thirdly, climate-resilient livelihood options will be promoted within targeted communities, including construction of climate-resilient habitats and shelters, and diversification of livelihoods with a focus on women, youth and marginalised community groups. Finally, capacities of national and sub-national government institutions to integrate climate change into development planning will be enhanced.


The objective of the project is to improve the preparedness and resilience of selected Afghan communities to climate-induced disaster risks.

USD $5,800,000

Grant amount

USD $65,500,000

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Least Developed Countries Fund ($5,800,000)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Afghanistan

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