There are two clearly defined groups who need information from ACBAR:
The first is ACBAR NGO members and second is a wider group of external stakeholders including civil society, Donors, the UN, the media and the Afghan government. Serving the needs of members and the wider group of stakeholders is a core ACBAR activity, and though their needs vary, there is some overlap between what each group needs.
A wide range of people 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 and to demonstrate the impact and legitimacy of NGOs work in Afghanistan. This requires that the ACBAR has an updated field level activity database of its NGO members which is revised annually. In addition, analysis of trends and facts will help to support the advocacy activities of ACBAR and its 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 effectively disseminate information to both members and external stakeholders for enhancing internal communications with members. This includes mapping of Members activities, Working Groups in Afghanistan, Fundraising strategies of donors and other information requested by the members. ACBAR’s website has a comprehensive resource library which gathers all publications, laws and good practices related to NGOs in Afghanistan. ACBAR facilitates resource sharing among member organizations by organizing workshops and presentations on specific topics based on requests and needs.
ACBAR facilitates coordination among its members with regular and ad-hoc meetings according to a monthly calendar. ACBAR aims to improve the exchange of information between NGOs and provide a platform for advocacy on key issues in different sectors in development and humanitarian programmes.
The Afghanistan Humanitarian Forum (AHF) is a monthly forum facilitated by ACBAR and OCHA. The AHF focuses on the coordination of NGO activities at the national and sub-national levels, representation/ communication on the interests of NGOs to other humanitarian stakeholders and the government, and promotion of high ethical and professional standards amongst the NGO community. The AHF is composed of International and National humanitarian NGOs and feeds into OCHA’s HCT and CHF Advisory Board OCHA presents current issues in the second half of the meeting as well as CHF updates.
The ACBAR Development Forum (ADF). ACBAR aims to improve the coordination / exchange of information among member NGOs and to improve the legal environment for NGOs in Afghanistan. The ADF invites representatives from the development sector as well as representatives from the government to present and discuss policies, programmes and regulations with ACBAR members.
The Directors’ Quarterly Meeting. ACBAR Directors’ meeting notifies all member Directors on various important issues or events conducted within quarterly basis by ACBAR.
The Advocacy Working Group (AWG). is a regular working group meeting which aims to facilitate advocacy efforts of ACBAR and its members and also focuses on aid effectiveness in humanitarian and development related programs in the country.