Action for Development


Working with Communities towards a brighter Future
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We believe that education is a fundamental element of emancipation and empowerment. Through education of disabled and street children and through professional training, we help Afghans reclaim a brighter future.
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In a country where access to healthcare is severely lacking, we provide healthcare services to thousands each month. We also offer professional training to healthcare specialists.
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Empowerment allows individuals and groups to become actors in decision making and project planning, through access to information, rewards and power. Our actions’ goal is to use empowerment as a tool to fight poverty and reinforce development.
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AfD responds to emergency situations by providing access to vital resources such as drinking water, food and housing to the most vulnerable.

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At a glance

A tale of beauty and tradition, poverty and injustice

At the crossroads of Asia, Afghanistan is a country rich in natural beauty and a cultural heritage dating back thousand of years. Situated on the traditional trade routes connecting the great empires of the world, it was an ancient place of exchange.

Unfortunately, decades of war left the country shattered. With the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001, a group of Afghan professionals founded Action for Development, engaging with local populations to rebuild civil society and give communities a chance at a brighter future.

Since 2001, Afghanistan has made tremendous leaps forward. Child mortality has fallen from 25% to 10%, a majority of Afghans have access to healthcare and girls and women can now attend school and work. However, much remains necessary to ensure peace and prosperity to the nation.

  • Poverty

    55% of Afghans live under the national poverty line (35%) or are vulnerable to fall under this line (20%)

  • Preventable Maternal Mortality

    83 % of maternal mortality could be avoided through heathcare and medical training

  • Female illiteracy

    83 % of women aged 15 or more do not possess basic literacy skills

  • Slums

    63% of Afghans living in urban areas live in slums housing


School for children with disabilities

The school, specifically designed to help children cope with their disabilities, daily provides basic education, food and transportation to 400 blind, deaf and/or speech impaired boys and girls of Kabul.

Comprehensive Health Center

Inaugurated in 2013, AfD’s health center in rural Kabul serves approximately 1000 patients monthly. The CHC offers affordable treatment for poor patients and has opened a training section for healthcare professionals.

Doctors’ training – Reproductive health

25 health care professionals working on the field in Afghanistan were brought to Geneva for additional training on reproductive health. Health care professionals in Afghanistan face a great lack of training in reproductive health due to the Taliban rule.

Back to School for Street Children

10% of Afghan children are forced to peddle to support themselves and their families. AfD is implementing a semi-formal school program adapted to their reality to give them access to a basic education.


AfD is a contributing member of UNICEF’s WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) initiative, providing sanitation facilities, clean water systems and hygiene education.

Disaster response

Following landslides that killed thousands in the province of Badakhshan, AfD has distributed water filters, heaters and wood. This assistance will greatly improve families chances of surviving the harsh winter and avoiding diseases.

midwifery training

211 midwives and 31 midwife trainers have improved their capacity in 4 provinces since 2014. Another 120 midwives are expected to graduate from the program in the province of Bamiyan in 2016.


AfD uses its consultative status from the ECOSOC to advocate for the rights of Afghanistan’s most vulnerable. We do this by planning awareness-raising events at the United Nations Geneva headquarters and by advising those drafting UN resolutions.


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