Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief and Development

Regional Offices

Last Update: 04:00 AM 21-07-2020
 
 
   
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In order to facilitate effective coordination of humanitarian assistance efforts across the country, ACBAR has four regional offices in Jalalabad, Mazar-e-Sharif, Kunduz and Herat. ACBAR disseminates information through its regional offices to different stakeholders in the regions, including local Government departments, UN Agencies, NGO members and wider civil society.
 

The role of the ACBAR regional managers is to facilitate the work of NGO members by sharing information and creating an advocacy platform to engage with local Government and other key stakeholders.  Annual elections are held for regional Advisory Boards from among NGO members to provide support to the regional managers.

ACBAR’s Regional Offices

Jalalabad , Mazar, Kunduz, Herat and Kandahar

 
Jalalabad

In 2018, ACBAR’s Regional office in Jalalabad has 47 members consisting of 20 national NGOs and 27 international NGOs. ACBAR Jalalabad coordinates the activities of member NGOs working in four provinces of Afghanistan’s Eastern Region (Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunar and Nooristan). Staff members regularly attend meetings including the PDMC (Provincial Disaster Management Committee), HRT (Humanitarian Regional Team) meetings, Eastern Region Shelter and Non-Food Items Cluster meetings, Protection Cluster meetings, IDP Task force meetings, Provincial District Council (PDC) meetings, sub-working group meetings on education, culture and sport, sub-working group meetings on agriculture and RRD, WASH Cluster meetings, child protection emergency meetings, INSO security meetings, and economy directorate meetings.

In 2018, Advisory Board members for ACBAR Nangarhar office are: JVC, AWRC, NPO/RRAA and WHH.

Mazar

In 2020 ACBAR’s Regional office in Mazar-e-Sharif has 39 NGO members consisting of 16 national NGOs and 23 international NGOs. ACBAR Mazar coordinates the activities of member NGOs working in 5 provinces of Afghanistan’s Northern region (Samangan, Balkh, Jawzjan, Sar-e-Pul and Faryab). In Balkh province there are 30 ACBAR members - 12 national NGO and 18 international NGOs.

In 2020, Advisory Board members for ACBAR Mazar office are: CARE International, SCI, DRC-DDG and HALO Trust.

Kunduz

ACBAR Kunduz Regional office was established in March 2016 and covers Kunduz, Takhar, Baghlan and Badakhshan provinces.  It currently has 19 members active in the province including 10 national and 9 international NGOs. This office supports its members through monthly coordination meetings, information and knowledge sharing, provision of advocacy support and capacity building programs. Through its services, ACBAR regional office in Kunduz facilitates an enabling environment for its member NGOs across the region in order to deliver more effective humanitarian services and development projects for vulnerable communities.

ACBAR takes part in meetings with the Provincial District Council (PDC) and provincial departments of line ministries across all sectors as required. 
ACBAR also regularly participates in UN-OCHA Humanitarian Regional Team (HRT) meetings, INSO Security Roundtables as well as meetings with NGOs and CSOs by invitation and as required.

The ACBAR Regional Office in Kunduz is also active in supporting the advocacy efforts of all its members and welcomes non-members to also share their activities with ACBAR members at the monthly coordination meetings.

ACBAR has an active Advisory Board which fully supports the regional office in terms of consultation, advocacy, reinforcement and consolidation of the coordination mechanism in all aspects. The Board operates through transparent voting by all members with the latest elections held in July 2020, resulting in the selection of NRC (Chair), ACTED, JACK and DACAAR.

Herat

ACBAR Herat is covering 4 western provinces like, Badghis, Ghor, and Farah & Herat.
We have 45 members in the west including 18 International, 27 national.
There are 53 non-member NGOs who participating some time to monthly coordination meeting and also received trainings under ACBAR capacity building project.
We have so close relation with all of our members, also we have  selected Advisory committee with 4 members- Ab. Raziq Kiani Regional manager DACAAR, Mohammad Ishaq Seddiqi Regional manager RRAA, BasirAhmad Masoudi Regional manager CHA & Ms. Rona Biazar Staff member of VWO.
We Holding ACBAR NGOs coordination meeting and an Advisory Committee Meeting regularly in monthly basses in HRT, for each province there are two to three of our members whom have activities but all the members who have sub offices in Ghor, Badghis or Farah Provinces for surly there is their main sub office in Herat as well and through Herat we are advocating and solving any coming NGOs problems of three mentioned provinces.

ACBAR is participating to PDC, MoED Meetings and all other government Sectorial departments meetings if received invitation from related sectors.
 ACBAR is regularly participating to UN-OCHA HRT meetings, INSO Security Round-Table, NGOs invitations, CSOs invitations and any other necessary meeting in UN-OCHA, offices and always we have close relation with each other.
ACBAR is doing advocacy for all members, information sharing. if any of non members wants to share their activities for the ACBAR NGOs monthly coordination meetings they are welcome to share.

MoED is regularly strongly supporting ACBAR and all NGOs.

Kandahar

ACBAR established its new regional office in the southern province of Kandahar on 18 July 2019. This office covers Kandahar, Helmand, Uruzgan and Zabul provinces and facilitates coordination, information sharing, advocacy efforts and capacity building programs for its 41 member NGOs (23 national and 18 international) to further strengthen humanitarian and development goals in the region.  

For 2020, the Advisory Board Members have been elected by majority votes from all members and these are Handicap International, Mercy Corps, International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Afghan Planning Agency (APA). The role of regional committee is to plan and coordinate activities at the regional or provincial levels. ACBAR regional staff deliver a wide range of activities which include conducting NGO monthly coordination meetings and advisory board meetings, liaising and engaging with departments of line ministries across all sectors, taking part in Provincial District Council (PDC) meetings, sub-sectorial meetings, the Humanitarian Regional Team (HRT) and regional cluster meetings. ACBAR’s regional office in Kandahar actively seeks to address challenges its members face and works towards enhancing the scope and impact of its services through engagement with the NGO members, UN agencies, civil society organizations (CSOs) and provincial departments across the region covered.