The Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS), formally approved by President Hamid Karzai on April 21, 2008, is the document that outlines the Government of Afghanistan’s strategies for security, governance, economic growth and poverty reduction. Started as an interim report in 2005, the ANDS is the product of intensive consultations between the Afghan government and a wide array of stakeholders including tribal and religious leaders, the private sector, NGOs, and the international community. It will be presented to the international community at the Paris Donor’s Conference on June 12, 2008.
Called “an Afghan-owned blueprint for the development of Afghanistan in all spheres of human endeavor” by President Karzai, the ANDS lays out the following goals for the period starting in 2008 and ending in 2013:
Security: Achieve nationwide stabilization, strengthen law enforcement, and improve personal security for every Afghan.
Governance, Rule of Law and Human Rights: Strengthen democratic practice and institutions, human rights, the rule of law, delivery of public services and government accountability.
Economic and Social Development: Reduce poverty, ensure sustainable development through a private sector-led market economy, improve human development indicators, and make significant progress toward the Millennium Development Goals.
Along with the ANDS, the Afghanistan Compact serves as the primary mechanism for coordinating future Afghan and international reconstruction. Launched on January 31, 2006 at the London Conference for Afghanistan, the Afghanistan Compact marked the formal end of the Bonn Process and established a five-year framework for cooperation between the Government of Afghanistan and its international partners.
To view the full text of either the ANDS or the Afghan Compact, please go to the official website HERE.