Mercy Corps has been working in Afghanistan since 1986. 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.
Due to a worsening economy and a growing youth population, many people are unable to find suitable work. Currently, over 70% of the population is under the age of 30, and 400,000 young people reach working age yearly — there are not enough jobs available to meet their employment needs.
Climate change and challenges in managing natural resources have increased conflict in recent years. Approximately 75% of Afghans are at risk of their land becoming desert, particularly in rural areas.
- Agricultural Development: Increasing farmers' production through training, infrastructure improvements and links to local and global markets.
- Youth Programs: Providing young people with vocational training and support to start small businesses.
- Environment: Addressing natural resource depletion by educating farmers and government officials about sustainable water management.
- Renewable Energy Installing solar systems in community spaces to support economic growth and better access to social services, like schools and health clinics.
- Women & Gender: Helping women learn job skills and start small businesses.
Afghanistan: Afghanistan quick facts
Decades of conflict and other challenges have left Afghanistan poor and unstable. We're helping Afghanistan recover and become a stronger state. Find out how you can join us.
Afghanistan: Solar power for all in Afghanistan
To help families and businesses access electricity -- and to help foster long-term economic growth -- Mercy Corps is bringing solar power to Afghanistan through a sustainable and thoughtful business model.
Afghanistan, Colombia, DR Congo, Indonesia, Nigeria, Syria, Yemen: 7 crises we're watching in 2019
Yemen, Nigeria, Colombia and beyond — here are the top crises we're keeping an eye on in 2019.
Afghanistan, Pakistan: Celebrating International Women’s Day with Afghan refugee women
For International Women's Day Mercy Corps organized two community-based events in Pakistan to further help women and girls in their communities build better lives. More than 100 women participated, including many Afghan refugees.
Afghanistan, Greece, Syria: The young refugees stuck in Greece
Thousands of young people have fled their homes in search of a better life in Europe, only to end up stuck in Greece, waiting for a chance to build a more stable future.
Afghanistan, Greece, Iraq, Jordan, Syria: How technology is affecting the refugee crisis
The mass movement of refugees toward western Europe has spawned a modern migration, one in which smartphones, the internet and other technologies play a lifesaving and transformative role.
Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria: Refugee families face uncertainty in Europe
Through the winter, our team in the Balkans worked day and night to help refugees as they pushed towards Europe. Find out what the journey was like, and how we helped.
Afghanistan, Syria: Meet some of the youngest refugees fleeing to Europe
More than 55 percent of the refugees making the difficult journey towards Europe are women and children. Meet a few of the youngest making the journey, and read their stories.
Afghanistan: Refugee family, fleeing grim future, makes impossible journey
Ali, Farashta and their two children are fleeing Afghanistan for a better life in Europe. They are four of the over 51,000 Afghan, Syrian, and Iraqi refugees who took the perilous journey over the Mediterranean Sea in the month of January 2016.
Afghanistan: Addressing anger, not just income, is key to fighting instability in Afghanistan
We're tackling insecurity and violence in Afghanistan by providing young people with the support they need to build stable livelihoods, cope with life's challenges and bolster stronger, more just communities.