ACTED's Activities Latest Edit : 02/22/16
ACTED Afghanistan Presence: 22 years Current projects: 25 National staff: 750 International Staff: 10
Provinces: 9 (Kabul, Faryab, Jawzjan, Balkh, Kunduz, Baghlan.
ACTED was founded in Afghanistan in 1993, when the country was attempting to recover from more than 15 years of conflict.
Emergency response operations started in Kabul with the distribution of flour to bakeries for the provision of bread, and quickly spread to the North where, due to harsh winter conditions, people were in dire need of coal. ACTED has been working continuously in the country ever since, including implementing a wide range of emergency response programs to assist communities throughout the civil war and Taliban periods, as well as after natural disasters such as earthquakes and landslides. Post-2001, ACTED shifted to a long-term development strategy while still continuing to respond to rapid-onset emergencies.ACTED’s Approach in Afghanistan
ACTED strategy in Afghanistan is based on our three Global Pillars:To respond to emergencies and build disaster resilience
through mitigation measures (construction and rehabilitation of community assets), preparedness and DRR mainstreaming, and the timely provision of emergency and recovery assistance in the forms of in kind, voucher or cash distribution as well as transitional sheltersTo strengthen civil society, effective governance and social cohesion,
By building the capacity of local Civil Society Organizations, training provincial line departments, District Development Assemblies, and Community Development Councils, on transparency, social audit, and participatory monitoring and planning.ACTED also supports peaceful and inclusive interactions in communities, and youth empowerment through youth facilities, sport and cultural activities.To promote inclusive and sustainable growth
with a focus on women economic empowerment, through skill development, literacy and numeracy classes and the creation of Self Help Groups, and on farmers and rural households, by supporting licit crops cultivation, through access to training and inputs as well as by promoting improved social water management, vaccination campaigns and cooperatives good governance.
ACTED uses a community development approach, working with Afghanistan’s Community Development Councils (CDCs) to focus on capacity building and the creation of community assets.
ACTED’s four main large-scale community development programs include:
The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development’s National Solidarity Programmed (NSP), the nation’s flagship local governance initiative.
ACTED has been an implementing partner since 2004, and has been involved with the conception of CDCs in over 2,230 communities in the North.
To increase incomes and strengthen livelihood assets, ACTED is currently carrying out its third phase of Royal Norwegian Embassy-funded Sustained Rural Development Programme (SRDP) in Faryab province.
To enhance access to services and livelihood opportunities,
ACTED is implementing a KfW-funded Stabilization Programme for the North of Afghanistan, focusing on district-level infrastructure projects and capacity building of sub-national and district level governance in the Northeast.
To empower marginalized girls in Afghanistan, ACTED is an implementing partner of DFID’s ‘Girls Education Challenge’ in Faryab province, aiming to get 2,400 girls in school.