Sustainable Livelihoods and Social Development Project (SLSD)

Progetto concluso

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.

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Agricoltura e sicurezza alimentare
Impiego & sviluppo economico
Conflitto & fragilitá

Sviluppo agricolo
Risorse idriche in agricoltura
Sviluppe rurale
Prevenzione dei conflitti
01.06.2016 - 31.07.2019
CHF  4’869’400

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.
Khost and Paktya provinces are situated in the South East of Afghanistan on the border with Pakistan. Both provinces show higher than average levels of poverty and food insecurity. Due to the instability in the region, few development actors are present and public services are limited.


“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”.

Gruppi target

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).

Effetti a medio termine

Outcome 1: Target rural communities improve livelihoods.
Outcome 2: Local communities and institutions improve capacities and deliver better services.


Risultati principali attesi:  

  • 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.

Risultati fasi precedenti:  

  • 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

Direzione/Ufficio responsabile DSC
Credito Cooperazione allo sviluppo
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
ONG internazionale o straniera

Altri partner


Coordinamento con altri progetti e attori

District and provincial level line agencies
Provincial Councils
Afghanistan Nursery Grower Association
Afghanistan Veterinary Association
National Horticulture and Livestock Project
National Environmental Protection Agency

Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF    4’869’400 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF    4’652’144
Fasi del progetto Fase 3 01.08.2019 - 31.07.2023   (Fase in corso)

Fase 2 01.06.2016 - 31.07.2019   (Completed)

Fase 1 15.05.2013 - 31.05.2016   (Completed)