The Afghan National Association for Adult Education (ANAFAE) was founded in September 2005 as an umbrella organization to foster the development of local adult education centres. The Association sees itself as a national forum for the promotion of strategies and programmes of adult education with a particular focus on literacy learning, basic education, further vocational training, and continuing civic education. It maintains contact with decision makers and policy planners in the sector, officials in charge of Ministry education departments and programmes, tertiary level teachers and instructors, and seeks to encourage proactive dialogue among all stakeholders in the sector, including grassroots practitioners. ANAFAE maintains close ties of cooperation with the National Literacy Centre, the Ministries of Education, Labour, and Women‘s Affairs and their local structures in the provinces, as well as with Community Development Councils, especially in the northern province of Balkh. Since the end of 2007, ANAFAE is a member of the network of the Asian South Pacific Bureau of Adult Education (ASPBAE).