As for all Nordic countries, afghanization and self-sufficiency for the
Afghan community is seen as the only way to succeed in Afghanistan.
Sweden contributes police officers to the EU-led police mission EUPOL
in Afghanistan, whose objective is to rebuild an Afghan National Police
that is viable and self sufficient.
Sweden has also sent teachers to the Afghan Defence College in Kabul and continually seconds personnel to UNAMA in order to facilitate international cooperation and Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC). Sweden is a profound supporter of giving UNAMA a bigger role in the reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, as Sweden feels that the UN has unparalleled competence and legitimacy. The Swedish-led and Finnish supported PRT in Mazar e- Sharif underscores the focus on CIMIC and Afghan ownership by focusing on units that train and mentor the Afghan National Army, like the Operational Mentoring and Liaison Teams (OMLTs), and cooperation with International NGOs and Afghan NGOs through the civil components of the PRT. As in the other Nordic countries the PRTs do not conduct humanitarian work per se, but they contain civil components that investigate needs and channel funds through the countries’ embassies in Kabul. As already mentioned, the Swedish government channel funds directly to the places where Swedish soldiers are stationed.
The issue of counter-narcotics is another major focus for Sweden. The drug production is seen as a major obstacle for the development of a modern legitimate state in Afghanistan. In order for Afghanistan to take part in the global economy and rise from poverty, the Afghan economy must rely on licit commerce. Sweden has donated SEK 16 million to the UNDPs Counter Narcotics Trust Fund (CNTF), partly to fund projects designed to help farmers find alternative sources of income. Sweden contributes to the UNODC program “Strengthening of Provincial Capacity for Drug Control.” The main intention of this project is to strengthen the institutional and operational capability of the Provincial Directorates of the Ministry of Counter Narcotics and work closely with them in order to better organize and increasingly involve them in planning, monitoring and evaluation of drug control related issues. This particularly applies Alternative Livelihoods Development (ALD) assistance. This project is co-funded by Finland.