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Germany’s involvement in northern Afghanistan

Germany’s involvement in Afghanistan is broadbased, comprising both civilian and military components. The northern part of the country is a particular focus. As part of international efforts to support Afghanistan, Germany had two Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) operating in the north of the country under the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mandate.

The reconstruction effort in Afghanistan is aimed at securing lasting peace, economic stability and good governance. The goal is to help the Afghan population all over the country to achieve tangible improvements in their lives. This means it is important to advance development across the entire country and not just in the capital, Kabul. Germany has taken on responsibility for securing and pushing forward reconstruction specifically in the northern part of the country.

Germany’s Provincial Reconstruction Teams

Inauguration of a small bridge near Kunduz

Inauguration of a small bridge near Kunduz
© Press Information Officer, PRT Kundus

Germany’s involvement in Afghanistan is broadbased, comprising both civilian and military components. The northern part of the country is our main focus. As part of international efforts to support Afghanistan, Germany was responsible for two Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) operating in the northern provinces of Badakhshan and Kunduz under the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mandate. 

Once the Afghan security forces assumed responsibility for security in the PRT provinces, the PRTs too were placed under their responsibility. The PRT Feyzabad was handed over to the Afghan security forces on 9 October 2012, the PRT Kunduz on 6 October 2013.

Work on German development projects will continue, however. 

German civilian assistance continues

Through its civilian engagement, Germany is supporting local reconstruction efforts by state and non state entities. The focus is on creating sustainable structures that will enable Afghanistan to stand on its own two feet. For instance, Germany is assisting with the construction of hospitals, healthcare stations, schools, roads and police stations in the Balkh, Kunduz, Badakhshan and Takhar provinces. German police advisers are also assisting with police capacity-building.

Even though the PRTs have been disbanded, German civilian assistance is continuing at the same high level. This is possible thanks to a host of organisations implementing the projects. The German Consulate-General in Mazar e Sharif, which opened in June 2013, is crucial in coordinating our support.


Last updated 15.11.2012

Tents for educational purposes

CIMIC

CIMIC is the abbreviation for the Civil Military Cooperation of the German armed forces in abroad. The photo shows the construction of  tents for educational purposes by CIMIC.

New beds for a residential school for girls in Kunduz

In Kunduz

A residential school for girls in Kunduz gets new beds.

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