Assistance for "Capacity Building for Drug Demand Reduction in Afghanistan"

July 29, 2004

  1. On July 29 (Thursday), the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend assistance of a total of 1,027,870 US dollars (approximately 113 million yen) through the Trust Fund for Human Security for the program "Capacity Building for Drug Demand Reduction in Afghanistan" to be implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

  2. This program aims to mainstream drug demand reduction through the activities of relevant government institutions, UN agencies, NGOs and community groups in the area of health care, education and community development at provincial, district and village levels in Badakhshan, Nangarhar and Kandahar provinces by providing support and training to project partners. This program includes the following activities:
    • Selecting and training project staff as well as holding outcome evaluation workshops;
    • Conducting a comprehensive needs assessment of drug abuse and its economic, social and health-related consequences, distributing the reports, and conducting workshops to discuss the impact of assessment data on proposed interventions for the provision of health care, educational and social services;
    • Providing skill-based training workshops on drug demand reduction for relevant Government counterparts, UN and NGO staff, distributing of drug abuse prevention resource material, enhancing community level drug demand reduction programs, and providing vocational training and opportunities for income generating activities for recovering drug addicts.

  3. This project is expected to promote the reduction of drug demand in Afghanistan through disseminating necessary knowledge and techniques.

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