Norwegian Church Aid in Afghanistan
- Presence established: 1979
- Funds used in 2017: 49.4 million NOK
NCA Afghanistan prioritises conflict mitigation as an integrated part of all development activities. Our aim is not simply the cessation of armed conflict, but a lasting change through the reconfiguration of social, economic, and political dynamics in the country; ensuring equal rights for all.
Our programme in Afghanistan focuses on water, sanitation and hygiene, peacebuilding, and economic empowerment.
Our WASH programme contributes towards healthy communities by effectively incorporating local ownership and duty bearer’s engagement for improved sanitation, hygiene and adequate clean drinking water. We have a participatory, holistic, and rights-based approach to promote both a community-led and community-managed drinking water supply and positive sanitation and hygiene behaviour change. Wherever possible, we promote Self Supply approach to drinking water provision through the introduction of appropriate technology. Community Total Led Sanitation (CLTS,) an innovative self-sustainable approach, has proven to be successful for improving hygiene and sanitations awareness.
The central aim of the Peacebuilding programme is to enable communities in Afghanistan to enjoy increased levels of peace. We work towards this goal through inculcating constructive inter- and intragroup relations, and by promoting inclusive peacebuilding structures within communities to coexist and promote women’s participation in peace efforts. By employing Reflecting on Peace Practice (RPP) tools, local Peace Shuras (institutions) are established with active participation from community members, religious leaders, women, and youth. Members of Peace Shuras receive training, mentoring and capacity building for conflict resolution. Our work with Peace Shuras has demonstrated increased visibility of women in their communities.
Read more about our work to empower women to participate in peacebuilding
Interventions for economic empowerment have been successful in securing entrepreneurship opportunities and sustainable employment through micro and small enterprises and increased production and profits using value chain development. We also provide certified vocational trainings for income generating livelihoods, targeted towards youth as per Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) policy of Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. Rights holders, in particular the youth, are offered material resources in the form of small loans or equipment for small business start-ups. As women are generally concentrated at the lower levels of the value chain, we promote women’s economic empowerment by working with women producer groups and women shuras to establish their own community-based or micro-level enterprises. To improve business opportunities for rural women, we have developed network of women para-professionals and provide them with value-chain innovation grants.
We focus on WASH services in emergencies, with possible extension to food security and Cash-for-Work in our humanitarian responses. We have also established a Humanitarian Forum with four of our partners, developed an Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan (EPRP), and established a core humanitarian team. Due to the remoteness and high levels of vulnerability, Faryab, Daikundi and Uruzgan remain a key focus of our emergency response, however, in case of wide-scale disasters, we have the resources to respond anywhere in the country. Moreover, we are part of several UN-led Clusters, including the WASH Cluster, WASH Strategic Advisory Group (SAG), Refugee and Returnee Chapter of UNHCR, and the Emergency Shelter/Non-food Items (ES/NFI).
Through our partners, we implement long-term development projects in Faryab, Daikundi and Uruzgan provinces.
The geographic scope of our emergency response is broader, wherever we are able to mobilise our emergency response countrywide throughout the country.
We have an established presence in Afghanistan since the late 1970s, with a deep understanding of the local cultures and a strong partnership approach for both development and humanitarian programming. Our local partners are specialists in service delivery, who have gained expansive knowledge in promoting advocacy within our programme areas. In addition, they have strong and positive relationships with both local governments and the target groups of NCA’s programme activities.
Norwegian Church Aid believes it is only the people and the communities themselves that can bring about lasting change. We implement our programmes together with local partner organisations and in close contact and coordination with the local government.