The government of Japan has pledged to provide $3.3 million for the support of city resilience project in Afghanistan.
The project is to make Afghan cities safe, resilient and sustainable by reducing disaster risk, human and economic losses and impacts, The Japan embassy in Kabul said in a statement.
"Especially on the life of women and girls and vulnerable people in cities of Kabul and Mazar-i-Sharif."
The statement said that the aid funds will be spent through the technical assistance of UN-Habitat, and in collaboration with Independent Directorate of Local Governance/Deputy Ministry of Municipality, Kabul Municipality, Ministry of Urban Development and Housing and Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority.
The project will benefit about 4.2 million citizens in two cities through developing and implementing "City Resilience Action Plan".
"City resilience will be enhanced through the analysis of city risk and resilience, disaster risk reduction campaigns and improvement of critical infrastructures, such as improving canal/river bank, drainage system, and vulnerable bridges and shelters," the statement noted.
The project also directly benefits about 54,000 people in target communities by implementing Community Resilience Action Plan which will strengthen the capacity of targeted urban communities, to prevent and reduce risk, and to prepare for disaster.
"Communities will enhance its resilience through community-led activities, such as disaster drills, making schools/clinics resilient to earthquake and reinforcing vulnerable housings," the statement added.
The project is expected to be started on April 01 and will be completed on March 31, 2019.