Afghanistan

Natural disasters combined with ongoing conflict have seriously impacted the lives many Afghans, especially those living in rural communities. We work with many of those communities on clean water access, quality education, and mitigating the effects of climate change.

“The watershed project saved our lives. It is wealth for us.”

— Hayatullah, community leader, Yawan district

Why Afghanistan

14 million Afghans are in need of humanitarian assistance

Today, Afghanistan continues to face one of the most complex humanitarian crises in the world. Prolonged poverty, recurring environmental disasters, and insecurity pose significant challenges with lasting political, economic and social implications. Our work with local communities balances emergency response with long-term development programming.

*We are currently responding to the threat of COVID-19 in Afghanistan. Find out more about our COVID-19 response.

These challenges are compounded by the limited capacity of communities, government and humanitarian actors to withstand the impact of repeated natural disasters including floods, landslides, earthquakes, and drought.

Afghanistan’s institutions and communities are faced with an ever-changing and challenging context influenced by both conflict and disaster, on top of their work to implement environmental policies, adapt to climatic shocks, and effectively respond when disasters occur. Our work helps to fill these gaps while building sustainable solutions and systems, particularly in remote villages that can continue in our absence.

Latest Achievements

  • Emergency Response

    In September 2019, Concern became the UN’s chosen partner for the emergency response to displacement in northeast Afghanistan. That year, we also became the lead organization at the Dasth-e-Robat camp, where over 3,000 families are seeking refuge from conflict.

  • Education

    In November 2018, Takhar Province’s Ministry of Education gave Concern a Certificate of Appreciation for our education project in Rustaq District. It reached over 7,000 children in that year alone, increasing access to high-quality primary education in a remote area.

  • Climate Response

    In December 2018, our partner Afghanaid highlighted our work with the Afghanistan Resilience Consortium, advocating for a resilience-based approach to development work in the country, at the Geneva Conference on Afghanistan.

Our work in Afghanistan

We respond rapidly to emergencies, while working with communities to build disaster risk reduction plans that leave them better prepared to withstand the shocks caused by climate change and ongoing conflict. A commitment to social inclusion and gender equality is central to our work.

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