Improve the quality of life of ordinary citizens by working with communities and local leaders to create and strengthen sustainable, legitimate livelihoods. Promote gender integration and equal opportunities for women and girls.
Decades of ongoing conflict, political instability, drought and economic chaos have left Afghanistan one of the world’s poorest and unstable nations. Eighty-five percent of the population relies on agriculture and natural resource-based livelihoods, leaving them vulnerable in a precarious economy.
- Agriculture & Food: Increasing farmers' production through training, infrastructure and links to local and global markets
- Economic opportunity: Providing training and work opportunities in areas ranging from road-building to poultry farming
- Environment: Identify and address natural resource depletion by educating farmers and government officials about sustainable water development
- Women & Gender: Helping women learn job skills and start small businesses
All stories about Afghanistan
Afghanistan: Women breaking down barriers in southern Afghanistan March 8, 2014
Vocational training and a revolutionary new women's market are giving many women the opportunity to earn their own income for the first time.
Afghanistan: Meet our field staff: Meena March 18, 2013
More than 95 percent of our worldwide team members are from the countries where they work — and we're inviting them to give us a peek into their work and lives. This month, meet Meena Haidari, who is working to empower women in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan: Thoughts from a recent visit December 10, 2012
In strategic governance and economic development work, Mercy Corps' CEO sees progress toward a stronger future in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan: Students welcome visit from British government official July 12, 2012
The normal school day at our vocational training center in rural Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan was recently shaken up — but students were eager to discuss the changes education has brought to their lives.
Afghanistan: Fathers and sons learn a trade together June 13, 2012
Multiple generations are learning new job skills like carpentry in Afghanistan's Helmand province, where decades of conflict have limited opportunities to earn an income.
Afghanistan: New graduates yield unexpected returns May 15, 2012
The latest group of students to graduate from our vocational training program in southern Afghanistan — more than 3,600 of them — show that real success is giving young people hope.
Afghanistan: Behind the camera: Chickens that change lives April 27, 2012
A photographer in Afghanistan experiences first-hand the tension and risk women face as they try to earn a living and tell their story.
Afghanistan: Education against all odds: Job skills open up new world April 10, 2012
Our INVEST vocational training program gives women in Helmand province an opportunity to go to school and earn an income for the first time in a generation. Meet Shamsiya, who is bravely seizing her brand new opportunities.
Afghanistan: International Women's Day: Working hard for our futures March 8, 2012
While we at the Mercy Corps office in Kabul celebrate International Women’s Day, it remains a sad reality that much of the rest of Afghanistan is not.
Afghanistan: Building better lives in the midst of conflict February 29, 2012
As the uncertain tensions and violence in Afghanistan continue, our predominantly Afghan team is working tirelessly to ensure that community needs are met.