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: A Father Says Goodbye To Drugs
Afghanistan: Saving the Darwishan Canal
Engineer Amir Mohammad has worked on many projects during his four years with Mercy Corps, yet there is no question about the most important one: the rehabilitation of the Darwishan Canal.
Afghanistan: Tackling the Obstacles and Harnessing the Opportunities
Twists and turns. Stops and starts. Ever-changing conditions. Adaptation. Obstacles. Success. That is Afghanistan. It also defines Mercy Corps' Emergency Support for Drought and Conflict Affected Populations in Afghanistan program.
Afghanistan: Continued Insecurity in Southern Afghanistan Causes Concern
Mercy Corps and other aid organizations, facing attacks and threats from resurgent Taliban and al-Qaida forces, are retreating from areas of Afghanistan where some have worked for 16 years.
Afghanistan: Curing the blindness of Afghanistan's illiteracy
"He walked into my office last year in April and told me, to my surprise, that he was quitting even though his contract was not about to end," remembers Joerg Denker, Senior Program Manager for Mercy Corps in North Afghanistan.
Afghanistan: Finding a Common Ground in Kabul
Noorya and Delary don't have much in common. They live in the same sub-district of Kabul but they had never met or seen each other until they registered for work with Mercy Corps.
Afghanistan: The Strange World of Kabul
Afghanistan: Journey to Afghanistan
Afghanistan: Rubina's Story of Friendship and Hope
Afghanistan: Aid Groups Raise Concerns on Use of Coalition Reconstruction Teams in Afghanistan
In Kabul, late November 2002, the U.S.-led Coalition Forces in Afghanistan first presented to the international humanitarian community their new concept for deploying "Joint Regional Teams," now relabeled Provincial Reconstruction Teams, or PRTs.