Afghanistan remains for Italy one of the major recipient countries according to “Three-Year Programming and Policy Planning Document 2019-2021”, approved by the Italian Council of Ministers. With its financial portfolio in terms of development and cooperation initiatives, since its presence in the country, Italy has disbursed around 1.2 billion euros. A data that made Italy one of the solid and longstanding development partner for Afghanistan towards its self-reliance.

At the Geneva Conference 2020, the entire international Donor Community welcomed the second version of the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework (ANPDF-II- 2021-2025), which provides the Afghan government’s vision, strategy, and plan for the next five years. This document clearly defines the objectives to be achieved by the Afghan Government to reach a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan through three-priority focuses on peacebuilding, State-building, and market-building




The Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) mission in Afghanistan is closely aligned with the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework - ANPDF II - 2021-2025, in support of the National Priority Programs, delineated within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015.

AICS, through its mandate, established with the Italian law on international cooperation (Law No. 125/2014), aims to the eradication of poverty, the reduction of inequality, the promotion of human rights and personal dignity, including gender equality and equal opportunities, as well as the prevention of conflict and support for peace processes.

AICS Kabul operates through its technical staff composed of international and national professionals providing, monitoring, technical assistance to Afghan partners, and supporting civil society organizations.

Our goal is to support Afghans to become self-reliant and capable of leading their own development process, by reducing the reach of conflict, working on infrastructure and connectivity, sustainable agriculture, environment, cultural heritage and urban development, health, governance and justice, private sector development and gender mainstreaming as a crosscutting approach in all projects. Moreover, AICS Kabul supports the people of Afghanistan by providing humanitarian assistance when disaster strikes or a crisis emerges.

AICS Kabul sectors of interventions are agreed with the Afghan Government reflecting both national development priorities and traditional Italian fields of expertise in international cooperation. Our geographical focus is set on the Herat Province (West Afghanistan) and Bamiyan Province (Central Afghanistan).

Italy supports the country’s ownership in the implementation of its peace and prosperity roadmap, firmly convinced that "Nobody should be left behind", as illustrated by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The criteria and modalities of the Italian intervention in Afghanistan follow the Framework Agreement on Development Cooperation (2010) and by the long-term bilateral Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (2012).