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.
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.
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.
ACBAR Information and Coordination Department effectively disseminate information to both members and external stakeholders for enhancing internal communications with members. This includes different mappings, such as Members activities, Working Groups in Afghanistan, Donors' fundraising strategy and other information requested by the members. ACBAR also built it its website a comprehensive resource library which gathers all publications, laws and good practices related to NGOs in Afghanistan. We facilitate resource sharing among member organizations by organizing workshops and presentations on specific topis, based on the members' requests and needs.
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 policy making and the development of the country.
The Afghan Humanitarian Forum (AHF) is a monthly coordination forum co-facilitated by ACBAR and the OCHA Head of Office. 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 all heads of International and National humanitarian NGOs and feeds into the HCT. OCHA presents in second part a situation and CHF update
The Afghanistan Development Forum (ADF). ACBAR aims to improve the coordination / exchange of information among development NGOs and to improve the legal environment for NGOs in Afghanistan. The ADF invites on a monthly basis representatives from the development sector (i.e. Health, Education) as well as representatives from the government to present and discuss policies and regulation with NGOs.