Enable Afghans to improve their quality of life by helping them build sustainable, legitimate livelihoods.
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 young people with vocational training and support to start small businesses.
- Environment: Addressing natural resource depletion by promoting solar energy and educating farmers and government officials about sustainable water management.
- Women & Gender: Helping women learn job skills and start small businesses.
- Children & Youth: Supporting healthy development by providing opportunities for peer engagement and social inclusion.
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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.
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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.
Afghanistan: Civil Society in Afghanistan: A Framework for Long-term Impact
Afghanistan: A Difficult Balance: Building Local Capacity in Southern Afghanistan
Afghanistan: New Beginnings in Northern Afghanistan
"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.
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