Kabul Process: A path to an economically sustainable, socially vibrant and stable Afghanistan, led by Afghans for Afghans, supported by the International Community
The Kabul Process invigorates the short development history of Afghanistan. By articulating and operationalizing National Priority Programs (NPP) as integral to the Afghan National Development Strategy (ANDS), the Afghan government and concerned nations forged a new partnership to carry Afghanistan into its future. These NPP, borne from earlier ideas and more precise dialogue with donors at the preceding London Conference, bring order, effectiveness, and assessment to Afghan strategies, aid management, and action to improve utilization of resources and achieve medium to long-term sustainability. Importantly, the NPP focus national priorities with limited resources and capabilities, 3-year implementation plans, costing and budget, identification of likely constraints and approaches to resolve them. This approach builds on the rationalized policy frameworks of underlying sectors with three main components – a) reforms needed, b) institution building and c) service delivery. The twenty-two Afghan NPP promote socio-economic, governance, and security advances with mutual accountability, specified activities, and measurable goals.
Within the socio-economic, governance, and security dynamics, each NPP connects to other NPP in identifiable clusters that create a network of shared strength and work. Clusters improve coordination, program delivery and prioritization. For example, Private Sector and Infrastructure Development clusters bring together relevant ministries to craft the clear policy and regulatory environment required to attract investment. In addition to the two above, which provide vital strategic economic thrust, four other clusters support the overarching strategy: Human Resource Development, Agriculture and Rural Development, Governance, and Security.