ACTED has been present in Afghanistan since 1993, and operates across northern and eastern provinces. ACTED delivers lifesaving relief to the displaced communities with cash and in-kind assistance, shelters, and water and sanitation infrastructure, whilst contributing to long-term recovery and development by providing education and skills training, investing in agriculture and livelihoods, and strengthening local governance.

Mission context 

Afghanistan is suffering from one of the most protracted humanitarian crises worldwide. Over 40 years of conflict and frequent natural disasters continue to undermine its population’s resilience. Returnees from Pakistan and Iran, internally displaced and chronically poor populations share inadequate basic services and scarce livelihood opportunities.

The continued deepening and geographic spread of armed conflict in Afghanistan keeps wreaking havocs amongst the population and is expected to leave over six million people in acute need of assistance in 2019. Host, long and recently displaced communities require assistance to meet their food needs, and to have access to water and sanitation facilities, as well as safe shelter and essential household items. In addition, the low capacity of the government to provide its population with basic services and meaningful opportunities hinders the country’s development, leaving 42% of the population below the poverty line.

ACTED in Afghanistan

Multisector interventions in most remote and underserved areas

Built over 25 years of commitment to providing Afghan communities with humanitarian and development assistance, ACTED’s continuous access to areas in need and ability to deliver assistance where others do not go have made the NGO a major aid stakeholder in Afghanistan.

Across Northern provinces and increasingly in the Eastern region, interventions link relief, recovery and development, whilst promoting social inclusion and actively integrating marginalized groups. This extensive community knowledge and multisector expertise are leveraged as part of key programmes, including the Emergency Response Mechanism which provides lifesaving assistance to displaced populations, and the Citizens’ Charter National Priority Programme which strengthens local development planning and governance.


Afghan farmers have access to demonstration plots upon which the impacts of improved tools, seeds, and techniques on yields are demonstrated.

Responding to crisis and development challenges

In 2018, ACTED provided emergency assistance to drought-affected population through: the rehabilitation and construction of WASH infrastructures, the distribution of agricultural and livestock inputs, and the provision of deworming services. Moreover, ACTED provided cash assistance to approximately 15,000 conflict- and disaster-affected households in the north of the country. Linking emergency to development, ACTED worked extensively with local cooperatives and farmers to create a more sustainable food value chain and strengthen farmers’ livelihoods. This also involved delivering formal and informal education services to rural communities, and building the capacities of local and district level government through the construction of infrastructure and establishment of local governance platforms. Through its actions, ACTED proved its capacity to address immediate emergencies, promote rural development, and reinforce local governance.

Current projects

Responding to shelter and WASH needs of returnees, conflict, and disaster affected populations, whilst increasing evidence based humanitarian programming in Afghanistan

Improving access to education for crisis-affected children in Faryab province of Afghanistan

Emergency livestock inputs assistance for drought affected farmers in Balkh province

Emergency Response Mechanism (ERM) in Afghanistan

Immediate livestock assistance for drought affected populations

Digital Arts Academy

Digital Arts Academy

Emergency Livelihoods support to farmers in Badakshan

Emergency livelihoods assistance to vulnerable smallholder famers affected by the drought in Badakhshan

Emergency and Early Recovery Response to Drought Affected Population in Northern Afghanistan

Integrated emergency livestock protection in support to drought-affected pastoralists in Balkh and Samangan provinces

Emergency food security, agriculture and livestock assistance for drought affected populations

Sustained Rural Development Programme (SRDP) Phase IV

Provision of transitional shelter, protection and multipurpose cash support to disaster-affected and returnee populations in Afghanistan

Building sustainable food systems in Northern and Eastern Afghanistan

Emergency Response Mechanism (ERM)

Boosting alternative development through licit livelihoods

Emergency WASH assistance to disaster affected populations in Balkh, Takhar and Badakhshan provinces

Citizens’ Charter Afghanistan Project in Faryab and Badghis

Accelerating ending open defecation

Stabilisation Programme in Nothern Afghanistan

Women Building Peace: Promoting the role of Afghan women in peace and security processes and in the prevention of gender-based violence

A local man in Khulm district uses a handpump built by ACTED to ensure the community easier access to clean water.
Girls from an ACTED Youth Development Centre play football in a new playground in Maymana, Faryab province.
A new canal crosses the mountains of Kohistan. ACTED's Sustained Rural Development Program in Faryab province has created 30,951 new hectares of continuously irrigated land, contributing to Afghanistan's national priority to become less reliant on imported food.
Young women attend embroidery classes in the ACTED Vocational Learning Classes in Deh Naw, Faryab province.
Muwludin, a wheat farmer in Khulm district, Balkh province stands next to his fields. Muwludin said his crop yields had become stronger since he began implementing lessons from an ACTED agricultural training.
Najla Noori teaches an afternoon class in embroidery at the ACTED Youth Development Centre in Nowabad-e- Tukmania, Balkh province.
Afghan farmers have access to demonstration plots upon which the impacts of improved tools, seeds, and techniques on yields are demonstrated.
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