Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries

Strengthening Families Programme (SFP 10-14), a selected successful case study by UNODC Independent Evaluation Section (IES) during the 64th CND side event

13th April 2021
The Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighbouring countries in close collaboration with UNODC Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section (PTRS) has supported the introduction, implementation and expansion of the SFP 10-14, in the West and Central Asia (WCA) region since 2015. 

Over the past six years, 477 school teachers/psychologists have been trained as National SFP 10-14 Facilitators. Out of which, 60 National SFP 10-14 Facilitators have received TOF (Trainer of Facilitators) certificates enabling them to assume the role of National SFP 10-14 trainers. More importantly, 1201 youth (and 2,565 family members) have participated in the seven-weekly sessions of the programme in the regional programme countries. Participation in the weekly sessions of the programme, according to the Pre and post questionnaires, helped parents/caregivers strengthen their parenting skills and encouraged youth to learn how to avoid risky behaviours, including drug use. 

Based on the successful outcomes of SFP 10-14, and strong support by RP member countries, the programme was nominated as one out of three successful case studies during the 64th CND side event sponsored by the Independent Evaluation Section (IES) on the 13th of April 2021. The Independent Evaluation Section (IES) led by Ms Katharina Kayser and her distinguished team, including the evaluation consultants for WCA, Mr. Jim Newkirk and Ms Deborah Alimi, members for the WCA evaluation presented the SFP work, its impact in the region and how it has been sustained by some participating countries. The findings of the evaluation were presented during the CND side event (https://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/evaluation/evaluation.html).

Special thanks to the governments of Japan, Russia, Canada, Finland and EU for supporting SFP 10-14 over the past years.