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: New Beginnings in Northern Afghanistan January 24, 2003
"I want to spend a little and do big things," says Dr. Mohammad Nasser Foushanji, Mercy Corps' Finance Manager and Liaison Officer for Local Government in northern Afghanistan. Not a surprising statement coming from a man who has already done many very big things in his life.
Afghanistan: Paving the Way to Peace and Prosperity in Afghanistan November 25, 2002
Afghanistan: Signs of Hope in Afghanistan October 31, 2002
Afghanistan: The Road Ahead October 28, 2002
Much progress has been made in Afghanistan, but the needs of the nation remain enormous. This month, Afghan Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani said the government needs up to $20 billion over the next five years to rebuild the country and end its dependence on foreign aid.
Afghanistan: Kabul: A City on the Move October 24, 2002
Going about her daily business in the Afghanistan capital, Kabul, Anita Anastacio sees a city that is far different than the one she first encountered five years ago.
Afghanistan: Fighting Refugee Drug Abuse in Pakistan October 7, 2002
Afghanistan: Building Institutions to Create Better Societies October 3, 2002
Afghanistan: CHWs: A Foundation for Healthier Afghan Communities October 1, 2002
Afghanistan: Orchards Promise the Fruit for Future Generations September 19, 2002
Afghanistan: One Lucky Woman In Hazarjuft September 16, 2002
Bakhtawar is sitting on a bed in the female in-patient ward of Hazarjuft Hospital in Helmand, Afghanistan. Her name means "lucky woman" but she has been anything but lucky when it comes to preganancy and health.