The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) on December 7 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to expand their long-term collaboration on supporting the Afghan people in building their resilience – providing amongst other things essential health services, food security and access to renewable energy, says press release issued by AKDN.

“This is a significant step in expanding our partnership with experienced development actors in responding to human crises,” said Abdallah Al Dardari, UNDP Resident Representative in Kabul.  “I believe that this partnership will holistically assist the people of Afghanistan to overcome the challenges in these very difficult times.  The framework outlined for this partnership will also enhance the effectiveness of assistance.”

Akbar Ali Pesnani, Envoy of His Highness the Aga Khan to Afghanistan, remarked: “I am delighted that we have reached this stage today as this MoU will be a milestone for Aga Khan Development Network - Afghanistan in its collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme - Afghanistan. This is the first step in laying the groundwork for future collaboration between AKDN and UN entities in Afghanistan.”