Development cooperation

UN Special Trust Fund for Afghanistan, STFA


Afghanistan is one of the least developed countries in the world. Humanitarian and socio-economic situation in the country further deteriorated after the Taliban takeover in 08/2021. While the international community does not support the Taliban nor channel funding through its administration, international community is still committed to the stability of Afghanistan. Ordinary Afghans, who are struggling for their daily survival, as well as civil society with shrinking space to operate, are in dire need of assistance. Without external support, the risk of societal instability will increase. Countering terrorism, prevention of cross-border illegal activities (e.g. narcotics) as well as mass migration remain topical and shared concerns for international community. Afghanistan is in close proximity to Europe, including Finland. Finland’s long-term allies continue their support to the Afghan people and the US in particular encourages this. The EU remains committed. The UN Special Trust Fund for Afghanistan (STFA), which is composed of UN organizations, was established in October 2021 to support joint UN programming in order to meet the basic needs of people in Afghanistan. STFA channels funding to support livelihoods of people in vulnerable positions, food security, basic services and social cohesion. In 2022 approximately 2,93 million people (52% women) benefitted from essential services. This included mainly provision of health services for 930 199 people (almost 60% women). Family Health Houses, providing SRHR services among others, benefited 433 750 people (over 80% women). Rehabilitating/building critical infrastructure for essential services benefitted 2,06 million people. In addition, altogether 280,838 people (19% women) received livelihood support to fulfil their basic needs. STFA programming is based on communities’ local needs and follows the bottom-up approach. The fund complements humanitarian response with the aim at supporting the survival of people and mitigating the risk of socio-economic collapse. STFA includes eight area-based programs that are rolled out as the funding is made available. As of 09/2023, altogether 17 UN organizations and 11 donor countries participated in the fund. Over 190 MUSD of funding has been provided through STFA. MFA will renew its agreement with the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office, which functions as the administrative body of STFA. Finland will allocate 9 MEUR to support STFA’s work in 2023.

Funding decision

9 000 000 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Gender equality
  • Participatory development/Good governance
  • Reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health
  • Disaster risk reduction

Field of activity

  • Sectors not specified 100%

Special target group

  • girls
  • children
  • youth

Funding channel

UN-Multi Partner Trust Fund Office



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