ACBAR welcomes the international community’s continued commitment to Afghanistan. Large scale humanitarian funding is needed to meet the needs of 24 million people, including 13 million children, who require life-saving assistance this year. ACBAR calls on Member States to immediately and fully fund with maximum flexibility the Humanitarian Response Plan. Read here
On International Women’s Day, 2022, ACBAR celebrates the achievements of women in Afghanistan, who comprise nearly 50 percent of the population. Afghanistan has experienced many setbacks in its tumultuous journey of recovery and resilience – time and again. Afghan women have consistently, through their sheer courage and their individual and collective agency, played a vital role in humanitarian action, rehabilitation, and peace and development in their country.
Throughout history and despite all odds, Afghan women have taken up the mantle in their households, communities, and workforce. In Afghanistan, women and their concerns and priorities were an integral part of the national construction agendas as early as 1921. Queen Soraya Tarzai, the first queen consort of Afghanistan, was one of the first revolutionary champions of women’s education and their active participation in nation-building. She opened the first primary school for girls in Kabul in 1921, the first hospital for women in 1924, and established the first women's organization, Anjuman-i Himayat-i-Niswan, in 1928. Read more
The scale of suffering in Afghanistan today is unprecedented. The Afghan population is hanging by a thread- with their resilience stretched beyond limits and facing extreme hardship. Today, more than ever, the majority of the Afghan people are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance and access to basic essential services.
Delivering principled, safe, and accountable assistance in Afghanistan, despite the multitude of challenges, is possible. Overall, ACBAR members report that they have better access now to communities in need than they have had for a long time. As the humanitarian community aims to scale up, comprehensive, transparent and context-specific access negotiation must remain a top priority.
Women and girls constitute approximately 50 percent of the population of Afghanistan. Barriers to their participation and access to education is not aligned with Islamic teachings and fundamental human rights principles, adversely impacting nearly half the population of the country.
We stand committed to deliver and serve the people of Afghanistan, will you?
The 167 national and international NGO ACBAR members – employing 31,216 humanitarian staff and providing support to millions of people across different sectors and in all provinces of Afghanistan – call on the international donor community to honor its international commitments for continued provision of principled humanitarian assistance to people in need across Afghanistan.
More than 18 million people in Afghanistan, nearly half of the country’s population, require humanitarian aid. Conflict and violence have exponentially worsened the complex emergency facing the Afghan people, who are battling the compound effects of climate change, drought, and protracted conflict – leading to forced displacement en masse, rising hunger and malnutrition, ramifications from Covid-19, and a looming disintegration of public health services. These humanitarian needs are expected to further increase in the months and years to come. To meet the growing and complex humanitarian needs of the Afghan people, ACBAR and its nearly 170 members welcome the opportunity to engage with the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan to facilitate an operating environment for non-governmental organizations (NGO) to rapidly and efficiently deliver needed humanitarian assistance. Since 1988, the Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief and Development (ACBAR) has played a pivotal role in more efficiently coordinating information, assistance and advocacy regarding the delivery of principled humanitarian services in Afghanistan.
ACBAR has 167 National and International NGO members: 132 members reported at the beginning of 2021, that they are working in 11 sectors in 34 provinces and 386 districts. In total 31,216 staff (21,931 men and 9,285 women) are employed.
Humanitarian, Development and Peacebuilding activities
Kabul, Afghanistan. 10 June, 2021. ACBAR strongly condemns the horrendous attack in Baghlan province in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, 8 June. This attack brutally claimed the lives of 10 HALO Trust staff members and severely injured 16.
Humanitarian Aid Workers
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This year’s International Day of Peace arrives at a significant moment in Afghanistan’s history of more than four decades of conflict and insecurity. It is imperative that any peace agreement for Afghanistan is inclusive, accountable, and sustainable – beginning with the peace negotiation process.
Shaping Peace Together, International Day of Peace, inclusive peace, sustainable peace
‘I want to be a teacher in the future…to educate my people. When I educate them, they will not fight and our country will have peace.’
World Refugee Day, Save the Children, IDP, Community Based Education
Aziza, now 20, has been living in an informal settlement in Kabul, Afghanistan since she was a little girl, after having to flee her home in Parwan Province along with her family to seek safety in the capital.
World Refugee Day, IDP, displacement, Afghanistan WHH
With COVID-19 Afghanistan is facing a new threat. NGOs have a relevant role in the fight against this new crisis. Therefore, ACBAR calls for input on actions against the transmission of this coronavirus.
NGOs, COVID-19, Health care
Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has become the world's biggest threat. This new virus has no cure yet and prevention is the only thing that can be done. Infections of such kind of disease in a country like Afghanistan that does not have proper health system can be very dangerous and critical.
Advocacy, Health, Civil Society
ACBAR, the Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief & Development, is an Afghan independent body bringing together 177 national and international NGOs working in Afghanistan and abiding by the humanitarian principles of independence, neutrality, impartiality and humanity.