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Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS) - Social Protection Sector Strategy (2008 – 2013)

The Social Protection Sector Strategy is a sectoral national strategy of Afghanistan in force for the period of 2008-2013. Its main objective is to support economic growth by improving human capital accumulation and to support stability of the country by reducing poverty and increasing social inclusion. The Strategy aims to decrease by 5 percent proportion of people who suffer from hunger by end-2010. Additionally, it notes that promotion of gender equality and narrowing of the gender gap has been identified as an important priority for the Strategy. The proposed public arrangements require the Government to introduce new social protection benefits for both female-headed households and women victims of violence. According to the document, the future social protection public arrangements will include food aid programs in order to increase girls’ enrolment in schools.