ACBAR has 167 National and International NGO members: 139 members reported at the beginning of 2022, that they are working in 12 sectors in 34 provinces and 386 districts. In total 55,249 staff (39,475 men and 15,774 women) are employed. The total number of beneficiaries is 45,915,826, (beneficiaries can receive multiple services from different sectors).
Humanitarian, Development and Peacebuilding activities
Ali says that the drought has been creeping in slowly. For the past ten years, villagers have noticed water shortages, and these have further increased over the last three years. “It’s tough for all of us, but the most difficult part is watching our children go hungry,” he admits.
Afghanistan is one of the most climate impacted countries in Asia. More than 70% of the population is still reliant on agriculture for income generation and the country is facing a third year of drought, severe depletion of the water tables in urban areas and a gradual reduction of its glaciers. Years of increasing temperatures, reduced rainfall and population growth have resulted in heavy degradation of rangelands due to overstocking and deforestation. This has increased the risk of climate emergencies and associated natural disasters such as floods, landslides and avalanches.
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
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
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 183 national and international NGOs working in Afghanistan and abiding by the humanitarian principles of independence, neutrality, impartiality and humanity.