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Providing emergency assistance and fostering socio-economic development in Afghanistan

Since 1993, ACTED has been building on its longstanding presence and experience in Afghanistan, particularly in Northern provinces, to fulfil its mandate to provide emergency, lifesaving assistance to crisis-affected populations, undertaking early recovery interventions, and working to improve infrastructure, provide education and build sustainable livelihoods. ACTED has done so even in hard-to-reach, remote areas, reaching most marginalised populations with targeted and tailored interventions. ACTED has been constantly engaging with local communities, national and international partners, and remains one of the main humanitarian and development actors in Afghanistan.

Decades of conflict and disasters have made Afghanistan one of the poorest countries in the world. In 2016, 8.1 million Afghans were in need of humanitarian assistance. Unprecedented levels of displacement occurred, with the return of Afghans from abroad and large-scale conflict-induced displacement. Afghanistan also remains exposed to natural disasters, including earthquakes and floods. These repetitive crises feed into the lack of basic services, and constrained social and economic development. ACTED has been addressing immediate needs through cash-based, water, sanitation, shelter and food interventions, and long-term development needs, providing populations with education and skills, enhancing rural livelihoods, and improving essential infrastructure.

Responding to the urgent needs of conflict-displaced and natural disaster-affected persons

Afghanistan is a highly vulnerable country in terms of its emergency response capacity. Each year, approximately 230,000 individuals are affected by natural disasters and many more by worsening armed clashes, that are particularly vivid in Northern provinces, like Kunduz and Faryab, where ACTED has a longstanding presence. ACTED responds to emergency needs by providing shelters, water and sanitation, food and non-food items, cash and vouchers, and education in emergencies. ACTED has also been supporting rehabilitation by improving infrastructure and access to basic services, while working to enhance the resilience of communities and of the most vulnerable amongst them.

Empowering communities to support local social and economic development

Chronic poverty and lack of employment and business opportunities remain the biggest challenges faced by the Afghan population, and underdevelopment particularly affects remote rural areas. ACTED has been working with women and youth, offering vocational training for over 1,000 people and improving education infrastructure and service delivery. ACTED has established women’s Self Help Groups, and has been supporting cooperatives and women’s groups to enhancing their production capacity and market linkages, raising the socio-economic status of rural communities. ACTED also works to improve local governance and infrastructure as a facilitating partner of the National Solidarity Programme, thus reaching rural communities across Northern Afghanistan.

Partners in 2016 :

Afghanaid, Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), Belgium Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department for International Development (DFID), EuropeAid, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), KfW Development Bank, Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) in Afghanistan, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office For The Coordination Of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Office Of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), People In Need (PIN), Royal Norwegian Embassy, Shelter Box, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United States Department of State, World Bank, World Food Programme (WFP)


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