Distibution of school supplies by NRC employee Said Ebad Hashemi. Photo Credit NRC/Ingrid Prestetun
Read caption Distibution of school supplies by NRC employee Said Ebad Hashemi. Photo: NRC/Ingrid Prestetun

NRC in Afghanistan

NRC Afghanistan
Armed conflict and disasters continue to plague Afghanistan and its civilians. As the country struggles to rebuild, NRC is on the ground, assisting.

Facts

A total of

382,739

people in need received our assistance in 2017.

Humanitarian overview

Afghanistan has been in an active state of war since its revolution in 1978. Recently, the numbers of civilian deaths have begun to climb again.

Despite the worsening situation, the country is increasingly neglected, leaving the humanitarian response in Afghanistan severely underfunded. Just 32 per cent of the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan for Afghanistan has been pledged.

Generations of Afghans have grown up in exile, in neighbouring Pakistan and Iran. Each year, hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees spontaneously return or are forced to return from Pakistan and Iran. Meanwhile, more than 1.2 million Afghans are internally displaced.

Obstacles to access and insecurity are the largest barriers to reaching the most vulnerable. In addition to conflict, disasters like earthquakes and floods force many to flee their homes.

Nearly two thirds of Afghanistan's population are under 25 years old. Many of them are seeking opportunities in cities and urban areas, which has led to competition over land and social and economic services.

History in brief:

 

  • 1978-1989: Marxist revolution, Soviet invasion and occupation
  • 1989-1992: First civil war
  • 1992-1996: Second civil war
  • 1996-2001: Taliban takeover and third civil war
  • 2002-present: War with international invasion and occupation

People we helped in Afghanistan in 2017

106,284
people benefited from our education programme
184,642
people benefited from our food security programme
31,060
people benefited from our shelter programme
31,424
people benefited from our camp management programme
142,844
people benefited from our ICLA programme
13,109
people benefited from our WASH programme

NRC's operation

Our programme in Afghanistan assists internally displaced Afghans and Pakistani refugees. Our priorities are twofold. In the aftermath of violence and disaster, we give immediate, emergency assistance. Where the effects of long-term displacement have taken hold, we work to find lasting solutions.

Our regional and cross-border programmes address and relieve the effects of conflict, as do our emergency teams. We place significant importance on helping displaced people in hard-to-access areas as well as supporting women in accessing their rights.
 

NRC Camp managementCamp management

 
Our camp management teams:

  • establish and run community centres and information sessions where displaced Afghans can access information about services and be referred for assistance
  • establish and support neighbourhood committees who distribute information and solve problems in their communities
  • support local coordination activities like setting up meetings between relevant stakeholders to address needs and gaps
     

NRC EducationEducation

 
We specialise in Education in Emergencies (EiE), working to preserve safe learning environments. Our teams:

  • increase accessibility to schools in rural areas transitioning into city suburbs
  • train teachers and informal instructors
  • offer programmes for young people that combine vocational training with literacy and life skills classes
  • help children who have missed out on school to catch up through accelerated classes
  • work with the Ministry of Education to increase the capacity of the Afghan government to respond to the urgent educational needs of displaced children, as well as those returned from Pakistan

 

NRC Information, counselling and legal assistance (ICLA)Information, counselling and legal assistance (ICLA)

  
We advise displaced Afghans and Pakistanis on a wide range of legal matters. Our ICLA experts:

  • visit communities to conduct legal sessions and group trainings
  • provide individual counselling and personalised information packages
  • provide one-on-one counselling
  • resolve legal disputes, housing, land and property rights cases
  • help displaced people to access their civil documentation

 

NRC Livelihoods and food securityLivelihoods and food security

 
Food insecurity and the lack of livelihood opportunities are major challenges across Afghanistan. In 2017, over 3.2 million people were estimated to be in need of food assistance and more than one in three people of working age were either unemployed or underemployed. Our teams:

  • help people start small businesses through business skill mentoring programmes and start-up grants – focusing on women and youth
  • partner with private businesses to deliver demand-driven, high quality vocational skills training courses
  • support private companies to expand their businesses to generate employment
  • help connect households to markets, for instance, by supporting them to produce raw materials and agricultural products that are in demand
  • provide kitchen gardens for households
  • establish communal gardens in schools and community centres
  • provide cash so that vulnerable households and children can buy food

 

NRC Shelter and settlementsShelter and settlements

 
Many Afghans live in inadequate housing, improperly protected from violence and natural hazards. Our shelter teams work side-by-side with our WASH experts as they carry out many of their projects. Our shelter teams:

  • construct one and two room shelters for families
  • ·build schools as well as additional classrooms for existing schools
  • collaborate with the community to construct shelters through a cash-based programme, providing cash assistance in exchange for the paid construction of shelters
  • advocate for shelters to be built to better standard for enduring natural hazards

 

NRC Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) promotion

 
Water, sanitation and hygiene practices are lacking in many parts of Afghanistan, largely due to the lack of infrastructure. In many of our WASH activities, our WASH experts work closely with our shelter teams. Our WASH teams:

  • distribute hygiene kits and offer training on how to use them
  • provide households with individual latrines
  • construct latrine blocks and safe drinking water points in schools

 

Gender

Women, in particular, face many barriers in Afghanistan. Our teams integrate gender considerations in our programming:

  • NRC is the only organisation in Afghanistan to work for the widespread acceptance of women's housing, land and property rights
  • our all-female shelter team supports female-headed households and widows, who are the most vulnerable part of the population we serv

 

NRC Afghanistan is grateful for the generous support from our donors:

 

  • Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA)
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)
  • Norwegian Agency for Development cooperation (Norad)
  • UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – Common Humanitarian Fund (OCHA CHF)
  • European Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO)
  • Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)
  • Danida, Denmark's development cooperation
  • Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • PATRIP Foundation
  • Department for International Development UK (DfID)
  • Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ)
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
  • The United States Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (BPRM)

 

About NRC in (country)

Established
2003
International staff
28
Areas of operation
Kabul (Country office), Balkh, Faryab, Herat, Nanharhar, Kunar, Kandahar, Khost, Sar-i-pul, Kunduz, Badghis, Laghman, Nimroz, Parwan, Zabul, Uruzgan
Budget 2018
190 million NOK
National staff
1,411

Contact

Country Director

Christopher Nyamandi

Phone

+93770314510