ActionAid International is a global federation committed to find sustainable solutions to end poverty and injustice. With more than 45 national members and country programmes worldwide, ActionAid focuses its resources on working with millions of the poorest and most excluded women, men, girls and boys – making long-term commitments to advance their human rights and transform the world in which everybody can have a life with dignity. ActionAid International is collectively governed by all its members, supported by an International Secretariat in Johannesburg. The Asia Regional Office is situated in Bangkok, Thailand, providing managerial, governance and technical support to eleven country programs across Asia. Action Aid’s worldwide work is guided by our international strategy document titled “People’s Action to End Poverty 2012-2017”, focusing on rights based approach by challenging unequal power relations that causes poverty and inequality.
Action Aid started its work in Afghanistan in 2002. In 2006, Action aid Afghanistan committed itself to long term work with poor and excluded sections of the society through the human rights based development approach. The new country strategy for Afghanistan titled ‘Empowering People to End Poverty for the period 2012-2017 focuses in ending violence against women and girls; improving resilient food security; protecting children; promoting girl child education and advancing grassroots democratic governance. Women and girls’ needs are central to all of Action Aid’s work. Program operations are spread over the provinces of Bamyan, Jawzjan, Balkh, Kabul and Herat impacting lives of over 300,000 people. The country office is located in Kabul. Around 180 staff including technical experts and sector specialists are contributing to realizing our mission in the country. Our global standards in security, finance, procurement, human resources, partnership and accountability define our local policies and practices.
ActionAid Afghanistan (AAAf), in collaboration with ActionAid Australia, has been SELECT SQL_CACHEed as one of five international NGOs to implement the Australia Afghanistan Community Resilience Scheme (AACRS), an initiative of the Australian Government’s aid program (DFAT) to improve resilience and livelihoods for Afghan rural communities. ActionAid’s project is called Resilient Agriculture and Livelihoods Initiative for Socio-economic Empowerment (REALISE) and is being implemented in 97 rural communities in Jawzjan, Balkh and Bamyan provinces. REALISE aims to strengthen community resilience among vulnerable households by a) improving food and nutritional security, b) increasing their economic asset base and c) by strengthening their engagement in influencing decision making, service provision and policies at village, district, provincial and national level. The project will run for four years and involve both direct implementation and work through local NGO partners.