During 2015 and 2016 SHAHAR was implemented in the Deputy Ministry of Municipalities (DMM) and 20 provincial municipalities across Afghanistan: Aybak, Maymana, Mazar-e-Sharif, Puli Khumri, and Shibirghan in the North Region; Asadabad, Chaharikar, Gardiz, Ghazni, Jalalabad, Maydan Shahr, Mihtarlam, and Puli Alam in the East Region; Kandahar, Lashkar Gah, Qalat, and Tirin Kot in the South Region; and Feroz Koh, Hirat and Qala-I-Naw in the West Region. For 2017, the program focused on DMM, the two regional hub provincial municipalities of Mazar-e-Sharif and Kandahar, and the following 12 small- and medium-sized provincial municipalities: Aybak, Maymana, Puli Khumri, Shibirghan, Chaharikar, Gardiz, Ghazni, Mihtarlam, Puli Alam, Lashkar Gah, Feroz Koh, and Qala-I-Naw.
In 2018 and 2019, to support the government of Afghanistan in establishing and maintaining long-term stability in key cities, SHAHAR will focus its program activities and technical support on DMM and the four regional hub provincial municipalities of Kandahar, Hirat, Mazar-e-Sharif, and Jalalabad. Kabul Municipality is also included as a key beneficiary of the program.
The Deputy Ministry of Municipalities is responsible for overseeing, managing, and regulating the affairs of all municipalities in Afghanistan, with the exception of Kabul as the national capital. DMM envisions municipal institutions that are responsive to citizen needs and priorities and bring a positive change to the lives of urban citizens through good urban governance and the provision of municipal services and infrastructure.