Jul 2018

Action for Development presents its Annual Report 2017. The report highlights key results achieved in 2017 by AfD and partners, and looks to the strategic challenges ahead.
2017 was the first year of AfD’s strategic vision 2017-2020, set around its mission “Healthy families, empowered communities” in Afghanistan. Despite the many challenges, particularly resource mobilisation and a backdrop of ongoing violence in the country, significant results were achieved over the course of the year.

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Jul 2018

The global scenario of maternal health has seen an unprecedented growth, however, conflict zones like Afghanistan still bear the brunt of challenges. There is no doubt that some significant progress has been made but there is a long way to go. Within the context of improving yet still insufficient maternal healthcare provision, Action for Development in collaboration with Haute école de santé de Genève designed and developed a short-term capacity building training course for qualified midwives in Afghanistan.

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Jul 2018

Action for Development held its Annual Organizational Workshop on 28 May 2018, which brought together Geneva and Kabul staff to exchange updates, discuss progress and future challenges. Following project updates, discussions were held on ways of improvement and the organization’s future.

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Jun 2018

Since April the children at Action for Development’s school for street children are enjoying football classes once a week, which has been added to their curriculum.

A newly recruited football coach teaches fitness and football to the boys and girls, who now make up two separate teams. The classes take place in a local indoor sports center, which ensures that children are safe.

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Jun 2018

Action for Development is set to develop new training materials for its Midwifery Capacity Building Program. Knowledge gaps still persist among rural midwives, and regular updates based on newest methods and medical research is vital to ensure quality care for mothers and babies. Five new modules are to be added, which was determined based on an evaluation of previous trainings.

The development of the five new modules is expected to be completed in summer 2019 and were identified as follows:

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Jun 2018

Action for Development conducted a survey at its School for Street Children to better understand the daily lives of the 48 street children and the challenges they faced.

The children’s eating habits revealed that they were not receiving important nutrients at home. For breakfast, most children merely had bread with plain or sweetened tea. 27% of the children skipped breakfast all together, which meant the lunch provided at the school was their first meal of the day.

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Jun 2018

Action for Development launched its new logo and website on 17 May 2018, giving the organization a fresh and friendly look. This was made possible thanks to the collaboration with Gloriamundi, an organization specialized in assisting other NGOs with communication work.

AfD’s revamped website showcases beautiful pictures highlighting our work on the ground, which were captured by Afghan female photographer Rada Akbar. Starting out as a painter, Ms Akbar soon switched from a paintbrush to a camera lens to highlight the situation of women and children in Afghanistan.

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Mar 2018

Action for Development’s School for Street Children will be subject to a significant expansion thanks to a new partnership with the UEFA Foundation for children, signed on 22 February 2018.

The UEFA Foundation agreed to support AfD for a one-year period with the aim to increase the student body from today’s 59 to a total of 150 children by the end of this year. We are very excited and grateful for this new opportunity to bring even more children away from the streets into our classrooms.

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Mar 2018

We are happy to announce that Action for Development signed a new partnership with IRD (Interactive Research & Development) in March 2018.

IRD was founded in Karachi, Pakistan and is a research and health delivery organization that works in over 15 countries. Its goal is to address global health delivery gaps through innovation and research in order to improve the well being of vulnerable communities.

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Feb 2018

Action for Development would like to introduce its new Country Director in Afghanistan, Mr. Ismail Qarizada, who will manage the country office in Kabul, foster external partnerships, and oversee projects implementation.

Mr. Qarizada brings extensive experience in Project Management, having served many development organisations including the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), various United Nations organisations including UNOPS and the World Food Program (WFP), Afghanaid, as well as the government of Afghanistan.

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