Afghanistan

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

Services to support the Implementation of FAO’s emergency and resilience project aimed to support vulnerable Smallholder communities and farmers through Emergency Food Security Project

Cash for Education for 9,031 households in Nuristan province

Registration exercise for cash for 30,178 households for winter response in Badakhshan province

Provision of Consultancy Services under Afghanistan Community Resilience and Livelihoods Project

Provision of Emergency WASH Assistance to vulnerable people in Kandahar

Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development Making Markets work for SDGs

CCCM Multi-sectorial Service Provision and Coordination in ISETs in Mazar-e-Sharif and Jalalabad

Services to support the implementation of FAO’s emergency and resilience response project aimed to support vulnerable drought affected smallholder farmers

Emergency livelihood assistance to safeguard food and nutrition security and sustain local production of food among most vulnerable rural families affected by multiple shocks in Afghanistan

Emergency livelihood assistance to safeguard food and nutrition security, sustain income and local production of most vulnerable rural families affected by multiple shocks in Afghanistan

Provision of integrated humanitarian assistance, including WASH, Education, and child protection services to the most vulnerable populations including extremely vulnerable children (and their families) in NR

Sustaining Essential Services Delivery Project (Support for Afghan People)

Consolidation and expansion of community-based education (CBE) in Afghanistan”

Enhancing access to education for Out-of-School children in Afghanistan and supporting evidence-driven cash responses in Afghanistan through REACH

Responding to emergency livestock and agricultural needs in Badakshan province

Cash Based Transfers in Herat

Cash Based Transfers in Ghor

Accelerating ending open defecation in Afghanistan, Aqcha, Jawzjan province

Emergency Food Aid in Northern Provinces of Afghanistan

Provision of humanitarian WASH response and durable solutions to vulnerable people in humanitarian need

Hiring Facilitating Partner EZ-KAR, Package#2 (Mehtarlam, Assabadad, Parun)

Hiring facilitating partner (FP) : Urban CCAP Second Additional Financing Expansion : Faizabad

Eshteghal Zaiee – Karmondena Project (EZ-Kar), Facilitating Partner-EZ-KAR, Package # 4 (Taluqan)

District Development Fund

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A local man in Khulm district uses a handpump built by ACTED to ensure the community easier access to clean water.
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Girls from an ACTED Youth Development Centre play football in a new playground in Maymana, Faryab province.
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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.
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Young women attend embroidery classes in the ACTED Vocational Learning Classes in Deh Naw, Faryab province.
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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.
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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.