Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief and Development

Donor Information

Last Update: 12:02 PM 03-05-2016

1. European Union (EU)

Current support

  • Competitive "calls for proposals", local or global
  • In 2015, the EU in Afghanistan managed 67 grant contracts implemented by NGOs/CSOs, for a total amount of EUR 101 million
  • Average grant size = EUR 1,5 million (EUR 700,000 under CSO-LA and EIDHR)
  • Indirect support through other programmes

CSO Roadmap and Future Plans

  • CSO Roadmap priorities:
  • 1) more consultation when setting funding priorities
  • 2) reach grassroots and constituency-based organisations beyond Kabul
  • 3) publicly and openly accessible information on results
  • 4) sustainable interventions beyond the lifetime of individual projects
  • 5) improved coordination between donors
  • 6) strengthen ability of civil society to hold government into account

To see the roadmap for engagement of civil society in Afghanistan visit the link bellow.

Tips for EU calls for proposals

Common mistakes in applications (out of 73 concept notes in two recent calls, 31 were rejected for the following reasons – 42 %):

  • Out of minimum or maximum funding limits (8) – 11 %
  • Co-funding ceiling exceeded (8) – 11 %
  • Missing documents in application (7) – 9.6 %
  • Failure to include a co-applicant (5) – 6.8 %
  • Out of minimum or maximum duration limits (1) – 1.4 %
  • Failure to upload audit reports/latest accounts on PADOR (1) – 1.4 %
  • Mistake with simplified costs/lumpsums (1) – 1.4 %

A new online application system

This is a solution for the mistakes in application, and it is strongly recommended to go to this website and there is an e-learning training on how to use this system. Because there will be no more old application system:

2. Department for International Development (DFID)

UK Support to Civil Society in Afghanistan

TAWANMANDI (2011-17 £33.78m; UK contribution £19.95m)

  • Core and project grants to over 80 CSOs
  • Thematic areas:  Anti-corruption, access to justice, peace building, media and human rights 
  • Organisational development and capacity building
  • Sector Core Working Groups
  • TA support for advocacy (2016-17)

Humanitarian Program (2014-18 £80m)

  • Capacity building of humanitarian NGOs (over 40 national) and strengthening co-ordination and engagement in humanitarian systems (£2m)
  • Resilience Consortium (led by Afghan Aid) for service delivery in Northern areas
  • Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) – delivery of services based on need; implemented by international and Afghan NGOs

Girls Education Challenge Fund (£49.5m 2013-17)

  • Community based education for girls and boys in marginal areas
  • 4 sub-projects implemented by INGOs; in partnership with community school management committees

Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund

  • Service delivery (e.g. health, education, NSP)

Women’s Rights Programming

  • Support to INGOs and national NGOs on violence against women prevention, protection and response; women’s economic empowerment

Human Rights and Democracy Fund

  • Global programme providing support to national NGOs
  • Ongoing programmes
  • Strengthening civil society capacity and advocacy in select areas (e.g. Security Sector, Extractive Industries)

subject to approval

  • Human Rights Democracy Fund (tbc)
  • EU programming for civil society
  • Policy:  Road to Warsaw and Brussels
  • Strengthening organisational capacity:

Capacity for financial management and controls
Capacity for strategic planning and advocacy
Sustainability and business planning
Monitoring and Evaluation

3. Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

In general, there are two sources of funding for Afghan and/or International NGOs working in Afghanistan within Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and ministry of Foreign Trade and development Cooperation; one is provided directly by the ministry in the Hague (central funding) e.g. Reconstruction Program, FLOW and Addressing Root Causes Fund, and another is provided and managed by the Dutch Embassy in Kabul.

The Netherland Embassy’s fund

The Dutch Embassy in Afghanistan has its own focus area to support the development goals of the Netherlands just like other embassies/missions. Current Focus area had been narrowed down in 2014 to the field of security and the rule of law, with special attention for women’s rights and gender. We believe the civil society organisations in Afghanistan and Dutch co-financing partners will play an important role in implementing projects within the mentioned-above focus area.

Hence besides supporting programs executed by UN agencies like ELECT, EVAW special fund, APRP, we support Dutch, international and Afghan CSOs like APPRO, CORDAID, EPD, and TAF. For all of them capacity development of the implementer and sub-contracting CSOs are included as a substantial component.

By completion of the Dutch Reconstruction missions in Uruzgan, the Netherlands has started integrated police training mission in Kunduz. Hence we have preference for Northern provinces in particular Kunduz.

Central Funding: There are different thematic frameworks. Of them the followings are important.   

Addressing Root Causes Fund (2016-2021)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will introduce a NGO-fund aimed at addressing root causes of instability, conflict and forced migration in a group of countries including Afghanistan.

A call for proposals will be published in January indicating all required documents.

The fund will be open for Dutch, international and local NGOs.

Until the date of publication, the embassy will not provide any further information.

Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women-FLOW (2016-2020)

The programs funded by FLOW aim to create opportunities for women and girls and foster a transformation towards an enabling environment in which women’s rights are better protected. At both local and national levels the programs will contribute to sustainable, inclusive development and to fight against poverty and the lack of equal rights for women and girls.

Of the nine selected programmes, Women for Women International (Wow) program “Engaging women as agents of change against gender-based violence and poverty” will implement in Afghanistan.

Reconstruction Tender (2012-2015)

The main objectives of the programs funded under Reconstruction Tender are improving human security in relation to public safety and security, legitimate government, and peace dividend.

Nuffic Tailor Made Training (TMT)

Program offered as part of the Netherlands Fellowship Program (NFP) run by Nuffic, the Netherlands organization for international cooperation in higher education. NFP promotes capacity building by providing training and education for professionals in development countries including Afghanistan. A tailor-made training course is designed to meet specific needs of a requesting organization. The TMT is specifically meant to enhance the overall functioning of an organization by training a selected group of its staff members.

 The program is open to a broad range of organizations in 51 NFP countries, from education institutions, research institutes and ministries to NGOs and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Afghan NGO’s or Afghan government or education organizations (i.e. MoJ, AIBA, SC, AGO, universities, local partner organizations), do qualify for the program. It is open for applications in the field of security and rule of law, with special attention for women’s rights and gender.

To get more information on how to apply for the Embassy’s fund, please contact

4. Embassy of Canada - Global Affairs Canada

Funding for International Development Projects:

Global Affairs Canada’s funding amount is around two hundred and thirty million Canadian dollars for the next three years starting from 2015 to 2017. This is the overall amount that is allocated for Afghanistan and there are four priority areas which Global Affairs Canada operating. This is health, Education, humanitarian response and human rights and women rights.

There is a lot of information in the bellow link about how to apply for funding and the mechanisms for accessing of funding from global affairs Canada

i) Calls for Proposals: to see Calls for Proposals, please visit the link bellow.

ii) Partnering with a Canadian organization: Local NGOs can be a partner with a Canadian organization and they can submit a joint proposal for funding.

iii)  Response to humanitarian crisis: when there is a crisis in Afghanistan there is always a call for proposals.

iv) Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) Max 38K

CFP in Jul or Aug, Project implementation timelines Oct – Feb, Circulation list

Audrey Loney,, 0701108856

v) International Development Research Center (IDRC)

Researchers and students pursuing international development research work at a university in Canada or in a developing country

Diploma in Development Leadership

July 18 - December 4, 2016, Coady International Institute, ST. Francis Xavier University

vi). Equitas – International Human Rights Training Program         

In terms of the advocacy role which Canadian embassy plays is to support the CSOs. The government is trying to have transition of the health sector from the CSOs to the governmental side, we had advocacy in this case that CSOs have a lot of expertise and relationships with the communities.

For any questions and further information regarding Canadian Embassy funding’s and above mentioned programs, contact Mr. Nasir Ebrahimkhail:

Nasir Ebrahimkhail, Senior Program Officer, Global Affairs Canada, Embassy of Canada, 0799315336

5. Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

Funding opportunities for NGOs in Afghanistan

1.) NGO Facility of the German Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation

- suitable for German NGOs only

- eligibility criteria:

  • German private executing agencies (legal persons under private law) that are headquartered and conduct  business in the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Non-profit or charitable status is recognised under fiscal law and who have at least three years of experience.
  • At least three years working experience in cooperating with experienced partners in developing countries who are independent of the German executing agency.
  • Collaboration with one-person corporations is ruled out.

Further information (guidelines as .pdf):

2.) Small Grants Fund of the German Embassy, Kabul

- max. amount: 25.000 Euros

- eligibility criteria:

  • Small projects that cannot be financed by local partner organizations (NGOs, public authority, et. al.).
  • The grant recipient and the local population should make an own contribution to the project – to the extent of their capabilities.
  • The project should be designed in a way that necessary material assets can be bought in Afghanistan or neighboring countries.
  • Staff costs for skilled workers or transportation costs can be paid if the grant recipient or the local population cannot pay for them. There has to be a reasonable relation between these costs and the total costs of the project.
  • For capacity building trainings expenses for room rents, technical equipment and trainer’s salaries can be paid. Expenses for participants of the training (e.g. accommodation, meals ...) cannot be paid.
  • The project should not cause recurring costs (e.g. salaries, or for consumable materials like medicine, animal feed, fabric, paint etc.).

6. United States Aid for International Development (USAID)

USAID’s Office of Democracy and Governance (ODG) - Afghan Civic Engagement Program (ACEP)

ACEP Presentation for Donor Workshop hosted by European Union (EU) at the EU Delegation to Afghanistan

Project Overview:

A strong civil-society and a robust independent media are essential components of a healthy democracy. USAID’s Afghan Civic Engagement Program (ACEP) strengthen the role and viability of civil-society in Afghanistan by providing technical assistance, capacity building, and grant support to civil-society and independent media organizations nationwide.

The ACEP is a five-year program awarded to Counterpart International and its partners, Internews Networks, International Centre for Non-for-Profit Law (ICNL) and the Aga Khan Foundation in December 2013. The ACEP goal is to promote civil society and media engagement that enables Afghan citizens to influence policy, monitor government accountability, and serve as an advocate for political reform

ACEP Objectives/Program Areas:

  • Regular CSO engagement with government on policy and advocacy issues.
  • Increase CSO and media thematic expertise in democracy and governance.
  • Expand civic engagement.
  • Improve access to independent news and public affairs information.
  • Increase CSO organizational capacity.
  • Crosscutting emphasis is placed on issues of gender, youth, and   anti-corruption efforts throughout activities.

Regular CSO Engagement with Government

Support civil society engagement with government to increase CSOs’ ability to advocate for policy priorities, activities include

  • Supporting and strengthening the legislative working groups.
  • Supporting local CSOs and convening community dialogues.
  • Ensure women and youths participate in political process and providing women’s empowerment and youth activism grants.
  • Assisting citizen monitoring and reporting of government performance and service delivery as well as reduce corruption.
  • Supporting the Emerging Civil Society Leaders and broaden youth political participation.
  • Supporting the civil society sector in Afghanistan through the Civil Society Joint Working Group (CS-JWG).

Increased CSO and Media Thematic Expertise

Increase CSOs’ and media thematic expertise in democracy and governance, activities include:

  • Helping CSOs deepen their research capabilities and technical area expertise.
  • Supporting the creation or strengthening of CSO networks based on sector, issue, and/or geography.
  • Facilitate sector CSO clusters for experience exchange – international exchange visits.
  • Helping CSOs improve their legal enabling environment and image within their communities.

Expand Civic Engagement

Supporting the civic engagement activities, which include:

  • Encouraging elections participation through small grants to CSOs for increasing awareness of elections-related issues and advocating citizen engagement.
  • Focusing on general civic education topics related to citizens’ roles and responsibilities in a democracy, and encouraging raised voices on issues of concern to individual communities.
  • Conducting civic education sessions for the Afghan citizens at the community levels and support community activists as civic educators.
  • Promoting CSO political participation and engage citizens at community, district and provincial Levels through civic learning, dialogues and action.

Improved Access to Independent News & Public Affairs Information

Improve access to quality, independent news, activities include:

  • Supporting media sector advocacy and policy reform.
  • Increasing journalistic professionalism through trainings, particularly on reporting on issues of governance, organized sector discussions, and sponsoring internships.
  • Supporting the public interest programming on civic participation and social issues through outlets such as Salam Watandar and Pajhwok News Agency.
  • Improve communication and outreach skills of citizens through Multi-media centers.
  • Supporting Nai Media Organization to empower local independent media and promote freedom of expression as well as support the sustainability of media outlets.

 Increased CSO Organizational Capacity

Increase CSOs’ organizational capacity through institutional support grants to key partner organizations with higher levels of capabilities that, in turn, mentor lesser developed CSOs at the grassroots level.

Supporting the AKF in establishing the Afghan Institute for Civil Society (AICS), this serves as an institute specifically for the certification of Afghan CSOs and to raise the credibility of civil society actors/sector.

ACEP Contact Information:
1. Stephen F Herbaly - Team Leader Civil Society and Media, USAID/Afghanistan, email:

2. Niaz Gul Afghanyar - Program Management Specialist, Civil Society and Media Team , USAID/Afghanistan, email: 

3. Youssef Abdel Khalick - ACEP Chief of Party (COP), Counterpart International, Inc., email:

4. Ramin Nouroozi - ACEP Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP),  Civil Society and Media Team , Counterpart International, Inc., email: