Afghanistan has always been prone to natural disasters. Floods, drought, and earthquakes have been the most common disasters in the country, causing loss of lives and property, and displacing people. Extreme winter conditions and avalanches too are recurrent in the mountainous areas of the country. Years of conflict, high levels of poverty and unemployment, environmental degradation and poor infrastructure have increased the vulnerability of the people. The institutional framework for disaster risk management in Afghanistan remains weak. It is against this backdrop that UNDP supported the Government of Afghanistan in developing and implementing the Comprehensive Disaster Risk Reduction Project (CDRRP).
Disaster risk reduction