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.
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 three million people in acute need of assistance in 2018. 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 torn capacity of the government to provide its population with basic services and meaningful opportunities hinders the country’s development, leaving 39% of the population below the poverty line.
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.
Supporting inclusive, community-driven reintegration initiatives
In 2017, in Balkh, Jawzjan and Samangan provinces, ACTED implemented a pilot project which fostered a conducive reintegration environment for returnee and displaced populations through community-based protection mechanisms and planning. In addition to improving access to basic services such as water and roads, communities were supported to build on their assets and skills to access livelihood opportunities and engage in collective businesses. The project integrated multiple populations, including hosts and vulnerable groups, to ensure that these community-based mechanisms and initiatives would become a vector for peaceful coexistence and sustainable reintegration of returnee and displaced populations into the Afghan socio-economic fabric.
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)
ACBAR’s Twinning Programme (II)
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
Women Building Peace: Promoting the role of Afghan women in peace and security processes and in the prevention of gender-based violence