Humanitarian Twinning Program

Last Update: 2023-11-20 15:27:02

Twinning Programme 2 Statistics through June 30, 2023

Twinning Programme 2 - Update 2nd Cohort Jan 15, 2022, through June 30, 2023

  • NNGOs in Twinning Programme – 20
  • NNGOs graduated Twinning Programme – 2nd Cohort - 2
  • Advisors in Twinning Programme – 14 - 12 INGOs and 2 NNGOs
  • NNGOs Registered in GMS - 16, Uploaded Documents for Due Diligence (DD) – 14
  • NNGOs passed DD - 14
  • NNGOs with Capacity Assessments (CA), AHF partner – 2
  • NNGOs waiting for CA – 11
  • OCA conducted in 2022 – 20
  • Twinning Training conducted Jan 2022 – June 2023 – 16 days
  • NNGOs received AHF partner projects – 4 Total, 4 Direct, 0 Indirect
  • NNGOs partner projects with Advisor Twinning Partners - Total – 6, Direct - 6, Indirect – 0

Twinning Programme 2 - Update 1st Cohort Nov 1, 2019 – Dec 31, 2021, rejoined with ACBAR for Nov 1, 2022 – Dec 31, 2023, without Advisors, Updated through June 30

  • NNGOs in Twinning Programme –20 through Dec 2021, 17 restarted Nov 2022
  • NNGOs graduated Twinning Programme – 1st Cohort = 17, 1 graduate NNGO closed 2021 now reported as reopened in Dec 2022
  • Advisors in Twinning Programme through Dec 2021 – 12 – 9 INGOs and 3 NNGOs
  • NNGOs Registered in GMS - 20, Uploaded Documents for Due Diligence (DD) – 18
  • NNGOs passed DD – 18
  • NNGOs waiting for DD - 0
  • NNGOs with Capacity Assessments (CA), AHF partner – 17
  • NNGOs waiting for CA – 0
  • SWOT and OCAs (Organizational Capacity Assessments) Analysis conducted in 2019 – 20
  • Twinning Training conducted by ACBAR TP2 Nov 2019 – Dec 2021 – 39.5 days, Nov 2022 – Dec 2022 – 3 days, 42.5 days cumulative.
  • NNGOs received AHF partner projects – 29 Total, 23 Direct, 6 Indirect
  • NNGOs partner projects with Advisor Twinning Partners - Total – 19, Direct - 16, Indirect – 3

List of NNGO Partners under Twinning Programme (both Cohorts)

NNGO Twinning Partners in First Cohort
1 Nov 2019 – 31 Dec 2021 with ACBAR and Advisors

1 Nov 2022– 31 Dec 2023 with ACBAR

NNGO Twinning Partners in Second Cohort
 15 Jan 2022 – 15 March 2024 with ACBAR and Advisors

Afghanistan Literacy Organization (ALO)

Afghans 4 Tomorrow (A4T)

Afghan Trust Development Service Organization (ATDSO) – Finished 31 Dec 2021

Afghani Community & Health Rehabilitation Organization (ACHRO)

Empowerment Center for Women (ECW) – Finished 31 Dec 2021

Afghanistan Civil Society Forum-Organization (ACSFO)

Hand in Hand Afghanistan (HIHAO)

Afghan Family Guidance Association (AFGA)

Human Rights Research and Advocacy Consortium (HRRAC)

Afghan Women Association for Rehabilitation and Development (AWARD)

Just for Afghan Capacity and Knowledge (JACK)

Afghan Women Skills Development Center (AWSDC)

Justice and Civil Society Support Organization (JCSSO)

Bakhtar Development Network (BDN)

Organization for Coordination of Humanitarian Relief (OCHR)

Community Development and Research Organization (CDRO)

Organization for Promoting Afghan Women’s Capabilities (OPAWC) - Finished 31 Dec 2021

Equality for Peace & Democracy Organization (EPDO)

Organization for Peoples' Health in Action (OPHA)

High Afghanistan Rehabilitation Organization (HARO)

Organization for Sustainable Aid in Afghanistan (OSAA)

Labor Spring Organization (LSO)

Service Organization for Unity and Development (SOUND)

New Way Social & Development Organization (NSDO)

Shuhada Organization (SO)

Noor Educational & Capacity Development Organization (NECDO)

Skills Training and Rehabilitation Society (STARS)

Organization for Social and Economic Development (OSED)

Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Organization (SWRO)

Relief Humanitarian Development Organization (RHDO)

Today’s Afghanistan Conciliation Trust (TACT)

Sound Humanitarian, Participatory & Organizational Uplift (SHPOUL)

Village of Peace Organization for Afghans (VOPOFA)

Tabish Social Health Education Organization (TABISH-TSHEO)

Women’s Activities and Social Services Association (WASSA)

Village for Afghanistan Development Organization (PVADO) 

Women and Children Legal Research Foundation (WCLRF)

Voice of Women Organization (VWO)

Women and Peace Studies Organization (WPSO)

Your Voice Organization (YVO)

Twinning Programme 1 Statistics Feb 15, 2015, to March 31, 2019, updated

  • NNGOs in Twinning Programme 1 - 25
  • NNGOs graduated Twinning Programme 1 - 21, 3 graduated after March 31
  • NNGOs applied for DD - 25, NNGOs passed UNOCHA Due Diligence before the end of programme - 22
  • NNGOs with Capacity Assessment in the AHF Partner Base – 21 in 2019
  • INGOs mentoring in TP1 - 13
  • AHF projects received by NNGOs 7 direct and AHF projects with INGOs as leads with an NNGO twinning partner4 indirect, does not count additional AHF projects received by NNGO graduated in March 2017
  • Partnerships were made from Oct. 1, 2017 - March 31, 2019, 34 Total, 20 Direct partnerships between INGO and NNGO partners, 14 Indirect partnerships between INGOs and other NNGOs in the programme
  • NNGOs were mapped - more than 155
  • NNGO Policy Reviews by ACBAR - 356, NNGO Policy Reviews by INGO partners - 350
  • SWOT analyses conducted 2015 – 23, 2016 - 22, 2017 – 3, 2018 – 25 total of 73
  • Training conducted - 89 days from 2015 through March 31, 2019, plus 4 additional sessions of multiple days in various locations 


Step by step to more localized aid

ACBAR contributed to this article which is about the Twinning Programme.

The ACBAR Twinning Programme 2

History of ACBAR Twinning Programme

The ACBAR Twinning Programme commenced in 2015 to address the lack of capacity of National NGOs (NNGOs) providing humanitarian aid and lack of representation in the Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund (AHF). Amidst a multiplication of humanitarian crises worldwide, funds allocated to Afghanistan have decreased, while donors’ aversion to risk and their demands for accountability are increasing. Consequently, humanitarian focused NNGOs are struggling to meet donor requirements for funding.  The Twinning Programme aims to address this by pairing NNGOs with Advisors that provide mentoring and guidance to their Afghan counterpart on institutional management, humanitarian practices, and strategy.   The Twinning Programme 1 ended on March 31, 2019.
The Twinning Programme 2 started August 1, 2019, and is a 4 year and 8-month capacity building programme funded by FCDO (formerly funded by DFID) with the aim of building the capacity of National NGOs (NNGOs) through training, mentoring, and cooperative activities in partnership with ACBAR’s International NGO (INGO) and National NGO (NNGO) members which have been accepted as Advisors to the programme.  ACBAR and the Advisors work to improve the NNGO’s humanitarian capabilities through training, meetings, field visits, mentoring and cooperative activities.
TP2 was designed so Advisors and ACBAR could mentor 40 NNGOs in two cohorts of 20 for approximately two years and two months per cohort. The programme’s #1 outcome is to help the NNGOs become part of the Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund partner base. The #2 outcome is to have successful, funded humanitarian and development programmes/projects through partnerships, in addition to AHF, for NNGOs approved as a result of the Twinning Programme 2. 

The twinning partnerships for the 20 NNGOs with Advisors were determined by reviewing:

  • Common expertise
  • Common experience working together
  • Common location

As of March 2023, TP2 has 14 Advisors, 12 INGOs and 2NNGOs that are ACBAR members and part of the Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund (AHF) partner base.   The Advisors have 1 or 2 NNGO partners that were selected through a rigorous selection process. Due to the rigorous nature of the AHF Due Diligence (DD) and Capacity Assessment (CA) process and the funding requirements for projects, the Twinning Programme 2 focuses on those NNGOs which have a history of implementing humanitarian projects, participate in the UN cluster system, and are recommended for the programme.
The UNOCHA Humanitarian Financing Unit (HFU) serves as an integral partner and acts in an advisory role in the Twinning Programme due to their respective expertise which is invaluable and essential to the success of the Twinning Programme. 

In short, the Twinning Programme is designed to:

  • Build NNGO capacity to access the AHF and other humanitarian funds
  • Ensure all organizations involved follow international humanitarian principles
  • Give the humanitarian community more access to local knowledge
  • Increase NNGO participation in the humanitarian clusters
  • Increase NNGO ability to conduct quality assessments
  • Provide opportunities for the sharing of knowledge between NNGOs, ACBAR, and Advisors through programme activities


The Twinning Programme 2 is funded with UK Aid from the British people

For more information about the Twinning Programme email and