Sustainable Livelihoods and Social Development Project (SLSD)
The South East of Afghanistan has largely remained at the margins of the development efforts of the past decade. Widespread poverty, weak institutions and scarce public services characterize the environment. The Sustainable Livelihoods and Social Development Project (SLSD) aims to improve the living conditions of poor rural families through irrigation infrastructures, agriculture techniques and income generation activities and by strengthening basic public service delivery.
Agriculture & food security
Employment & economic development
Conflict & fragility
Agricultural water resources
- Communities increase knowledge and skills in agriculture, livestock and horticulture production systems.
- Communities have improved irrigation systems.
- Communities improve access to safe and clean drinking water.
- Communities have implemented protective measures to reduce vulnerability towards floods and drought.
- District institutions improve planning and oversight.
- Community institutions (CDCs, Shuras) plan implement and monitor their development projects.
- 50% of the 2000 targeted families reported more diversity in household food consumption
- 50% reduction in the period of food shortage in targeted areas
- 20% increase in income from marketing of farm and non-farm products
- 53% of targeted families (1580 families) reported improved access to safe drinking water and
- 82% of targeted families (2449 families) reported a more effective use of their agricultural land as a result of improved irrigation infrastructure
Despite high urbanization rates, Afghanistan remains an essentially rural society; an estimated 70% of the population live in rural areas and 61% of households depend fully or partially on income derived from agricultural activities. Up to one third of the Afghan population faces food insecurity, but levels vary significantly between areas.
“Contribute to inclusive socio-economic development of rural communities in Khost and Paktya through natural resource management and income opportunities benefiting both men and women while strengthening local communities and service delivery institutions”.
It is estimated that the second phase of the project will reach out to over 6’500 families or 45’500 people. The project works directly with Community Development Councils (CDCs) and the District Development Assemblies (DDAs) of 14 districts in 2 provinces (Paktya and Khost).
Outcome 1: Target rural communities improve livelihoods.
Results from previous phases:
|Directorate/federal office responsible||
International or foreign NGO
|Coordination with other projects and actors||
District and provincial level line agencies
|Budget||Current phase Swiss budget CHF 4'869'400 Swiss disbursement to date CHF 4'652'144|
Phase 2 01.06.2016 - 31.07.2019 (Completed)Phase 1 15.05.2013 - 31.05.2016 (Completed)