Transforming Development Beyond Transition in Afghanistan: Service delivery
This paper is one of a series highlighting civil society actors’ concerns in the lead up to the 2014 London Conference on the Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework (TMAF). Other papers in the series focus on aid effectiveness, governance and women’s rights.
Transforming Development Beyond Transition in Afghanistan: Governance
This paper is one of a series highlighting civil society actors’ concerns in the lead up to the 2014 London Conference on the Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework (TMAF). Other papers in the series focus on aid effectiveness, service delivery and women’s rights. After discussing progress since 2012 and the remaining challenges, this paper will outline policy recommendations.
The security transition in Afghanistan is entering its final phase in 2014, with partial withdrawal of foreign operating forces planned for December and completed for US forces for end 2016, accordingly with NATO’s timeline and President Karzai’s demand. Already, since mid-2013, the Afghan government has assumed the lead of all combat operations in the country, after the final transfer of the security responsibility to the Afghan Military Forces took place.
Since January 2014, 140 ' security incidents have directly harmed NGOs. ACBAR calls upon all parties to the Afghan conflict to end all forms of violence against Humanitarian Actors – including NGOs and their employees.
Kabul, the 29th August 2014
33 aid workers have been killed during the first eight months of 2014 in Afghanistan, in several security incidents with different causes and actors involved. ACBAR calls on all actors, government, opposition, and independent, to actively refrain from hostile acts that cause injuries or death of aid workers.
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Killing of two IAM aid workers in Herat on the 24th July 2014
ACBAR calls upon all parties to the Afghan conflict to end all forms of violence against Humanitarian Actors, which are hurting NGOs, their employees and ultimately the Afghan people.
Kabul, the 1th August 2014,
ACBAR was created in August 1988 and has been providing the framework within which NGOs and civil society, the Afghan Government, the UN and bilateral donors can exchange information, share expertise and establish guidelines for a more coordinated, efficient and effective use of resources providing humanitarian and development assistance to the Afghan people.
Six aid workers have been killed in Afghanistan in four separate security incidents last week. There are different causes and actors involved, but it caused as many fatalities among aid workers as during the first three months of 2014. ACBAR calls on all actors, government, opposition, and independent, to actively refrain from hostile acts that cause injuries or death of aid workers.
Attack on Ambulance
Since January 2014, 80 security incidents have directly harmed NGOs. ACBAR calls upon all parties to the Afghan conflict to end all forms of violence against Humanitarian Actors – including NGOs and their employees.
Kabul, the 28th May 2014, ACBAR - the Agency Coordinating Body of Afghan Relief and Development - has been aggrieved to hear of the attack on an NGO ambulance in Nangarhar and in Badakhshan provinces (Afghanistan) providing essential assistance to a patient.
Building the capacity of NGOs/ Afghan CSOs through out the Country
Rule of law has been a longstanding ambition of the afghan government, people and civil society. Lack of rule of law is a challenge not only for the afghan government but also for all NGOs and CSOs throughout the country Weak management, non existence of sound coordination and official conflicts between NGOs and line government agencies can be counted as negative consequence of the lack of rule of law.
Author: Steph Cousins, Humanitarian Advocacy Lead, Oxfam Australia, and co-Chair of the ACFID Afghanistan Working Group
As Afghanistan prepares for presidential elections and the withdrawal of international forces, insecurity continues to spread across the country, with a devastating impact on civilians.
In the preparation for the upcoming elections of the spring 2014, the government of Afghanistan announced that some health facilities and schools had been designated as registration centers for the population and as polling stations.
In the name of its member organizations, ACBAR wishes officially to reiterate its disapproval of any attack, intimidation, violence or threats against NGOs working in Afghanistan. We appeal to all parties to the Afghan conflict to respect the neutrality of NGOs and the work they do with the aim of helping people of Afghanistan. NGOs – both local and international -- play a critical role in providing relief and development aid to needy people in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan; often in areas were other services providers have limited or no access.
Urgent assistance needed to avoid deaths among displaced during cold
Urgent steps are needed if Afghanistan is to avoid a repeat of the deaths among children and adults in the country’s displacement camps that occurred during last year’s bitterly cold winter conditions, a coalition of 30 NGOs including Amnesty International said.
The 2011/12 winter was unusually cold in Afghanistan, and more than a 100 people, mostly children, died in refugee camps from the cold or illness.
“…Abdul Basir and his wife Nadia were expecting their first child. Community health workers had been conducting awareness raising activities about the health care services available in the area and the need for women to have medical care during delivery. The time came for Nadia to give birth. Earlier that day she had been working out in the field. When they arrived at the clinic it was closed and the midwife was not available. Abdul Basir decided to drive to the district hospital. At the district hospital the midwife asked to be paid 700 Afghanis (15 USD) to assist with the delivery.
The devastating floods that hit Pakistan on the 28th of July have created massive damages in KPK Province. Bahrain Union Council, in Swat district of KPK was one of the worst affected-areas. Among hundreds of villages, Darolai and Gornai villages were cut off as all of the 7 existing bridges were destroyed by the floods. Thus, the only way to cross the river is either by a dangerous hand lift bridge or by walking more than 5 hours. In order to counter this issue ACTED is reconstructing the Darolai Bridge.
Afghanistan civil society organizations emphasizing on the necessity of peace in our society offers its gratitude once again to those who strive honestly and devotionally in this path.
We believe that for the establishment and thoroughness of peace in Afghanistan, the causes and calamity of war must be analyzed and people must be informed about and get into the picture. We believe that the Afghan Nation is the true addressee of peace and therefore should have access to information pertaining peace debates, national interest, justice and women's rights and should be practically …
The Agency Co-ordinating Body for Afghan Relief (ACBAR) was created in 1988, as a response to the demand from the many civilian independent aid agencies for a coordinated approach to humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan and for Afghan refugees in Pakistan. ACBAR's main mandate is to serve and facilitate the work of its 106 national and international NGO members in order to address efficiently the development and humanitarian needs of Afghans.
The Agency Co-ordinating Body for Afghan Relief (ACBAR) was created in 1988, as a response to the demand from the many civilian independent aid agencies and their international donors for a coordinated approach to humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan and for Afghan refugees in Pakistan. ACBAR's main mandate is to serve and facilitate the work of its 110 national and international NGO members in order to address efficiently the development needs of Afghans.