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Being Smart About Development in Afghanistan

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Mercy Corps has been working in Afghanistan since 1986, and in recent years we have helped more than 2.5 million Afghans through a wide range of community-based agriculture and economic empowerment programs. Always a complex place, with ongoing conflicts and deep cultural considerations, we continue to bring innovative development programs to 12 provinces in northern, southern and eastern Afghanistan.

Collaborating with five other NGOs, we offer this look at what smart development programming looks like in Afghanistan and how it is already delivering meaningful change for Afghan communities. The paper outlines the four principles of our work — Afghan driven, accountable, impartial, and sustainable — and delves into specifically why they matter here and how they can be used to strive for more meaningful, lasting results.

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