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Info Coordination
ACBAR Information and Coordination Department activities:

• Generating data and analysis on NGOs in Afghanistan.
• Providing essential information to NGO members
• Facilitating coordination mechanisms.
•Coordination of communication operations aiming at improving the perception by the public of the role of NGO and civil society actors in Afghanistan.

There are two clearly defined groups who need information from ACBAR:
The first are ACBAR members and second are external stakeholders such as donors, the UN and the Afghan government. Serving the needs of these two groups is a core ACBAR activity, and though their needs vary, there is some overlap between what each group needs.
Generating data and analysis on NGOs in Afghanistan:
Donors and other stakeholders require information on NGOs working in the country, whether to use in decision-making or to understand the background of development and humanitarian assistance work in the country. Such information can also be used to help to demonstrate the impact and legitimacy of NGO work in Afghanistan. This requires that the ACBAR directory and members’ field level activity database continue to be produced and updated on yearly basis, with efforts to ensure their quality and reliability. In addition, analysis of trends and facts will help to support the advocacy activities of ACBAR and its members. 
Providing essential information to members:
This service is one of the most essential currently provided by ACBAR’s Information and Coordination Department. ACBAR manages an information network that is unique in Afghanistan. ACBAR enhances this information by providing information on ACBAR activities such as coordination, lobbying and participation in various forums.

Using information technologies to enhance internal and external communications:
ACBAR Information and Coordination Department increases the use of its marketing and advocating and other information technologies to effectively disseminate information to both members and external stakeholders for enhancing internal communications with members. This includes establishing a member section on ACBAR’s website to store information relevant to members. Information technologies will support all of ACBAR’s strategies by easing the flow of information to stakeholders, by supporting member consultations, and by facilitating the sharing of resources among member organizations to help new organizations quickly acquire the tools they need to become well managed and well governed.
Facilitating Coordination mechanisms:
ACBAR facilitates the organization of coordination and in organizes regular and ad-hoc coordination meetings according to the requirement of its members or the needs. ACBAR aims to improve the coordination / ex-change of information between development NGO and advocates in favor of more involvement of civil society actors in the Afghan National Development Strategy (ANDS) Planning, implementation and monitoring process. 

Last Updated April 2015