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: Orchards Promise the Fruit for Future Generations
Afghanistan: One Lucky Woman In Hazarjuft
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.
Afghanistan: Building a Community of Participation
"Self-sustaining" and "community empowerment" are two terms found in almost every humanitarian assistance plan. Overused and sometimes overlooked, they represent the cornerstone of long-term success.
Afghanistan: Harvesting A New Generation of Leaders
Afghanistan: Rebuilding Opportunity
It was supposed to be 18 kilometers of life, flowing through rural villages and farms as steady as a summer breeze. It would be a welcome elixir that would keep families and livestock healthy, while allowing an impoverished region to claw its way to economic prosperity.
Afghanistan: Master Trainers
On the inhospitable border, nicknamed "No Man's Land", between Pakistan and Afghanistan, a husband and wife team is working to improve the lives of Afghan refugee families flowing to and from Pakistan. Parveen and Syed Safdar are Master Trainers for Mercy Corps.
Afghanistan: A Never-Ending Struggle
Physical disabilities are rampant among the refugees of Afghanistan. In the camps and villages are the stark visual reminders of the toll that war and lack of access to basic healthcare has taken on these people. Men, women and children are all victims of this tragedy.
In Uruzgan, a destitute province in southern Afghanistan, the local people define "rich" as "possessing a two-months supply of food." The worst drought in living memory and 22 years of ongoing war has left this region in ruins.
Afghanistan: The Women of the Katchi Abadis
Tucked into the dark and dirty corners of Quetta - the capital of Pakistan's poorest province, Balochistan - are hints of a refugee tragedy that has received little notice and even less assistance: The plight of the urban Afghan refugee.
Afghanistan: Lending Assistance to Afghanistan