The Government of Afghanistan has laid out its vision of reforms in the social protection sector in the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS) – both in the pensions and safety net areas. In pensions, the main objective is to ensure fiscal sustainability and mitigate fiscal impact of the Pay and Grading reform on the pension program, making it consistent with the broader public sector reform agenda. The strategy also recognizes that it is critically important to develop fiscally sound and well-targeted social protection interventions, including Pension system, safety nets for improving the poverty outcomes in the country.
More specifically, the Safety Nets and Pensions Support Project (SNPSP) is expected to contribute in the Designing and implementing administrative modernization of the Public Sector Pension Program (PSPP) system, Designing and implementing administrative modernization of the Martyrs and Disabled Pension Program (MDPP) system, Developing administrative systems for safety net interventions, Delivering targeted benefit payments in pilot districts (including, payment service provider's fee and FPs services) and Designing and implementing targeting, process and impact evaluation of safety nets interventions.
The project was initiated in early 2010 with the financial support from World Bank/IDA grants and will continue until June 2016. A Project support Team (PST) has been set up in MoLSAMD. The PST is responsible for formulating and implementing activities under the project.