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Christian Aid in Afghanistan

Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries in the world, with 36% of the population living below the poverty line.

For three decades, wars and conflicts have been the biggest barriers to Afghanistan’s development and have caused breakdowns in the social, economic and political structures.

There is an urgent need to secure lasting peace to give the country’s economy a chance to function normally, and to enable state institutions to meet people’s basic needs and defend their rights.

The position of women and girls in Afghanistan is still far from enviable. While 45% of Afghan males are literate, less than 17% of females are, and Afghanistan has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world.

Together with our partners, we work to improve the lives of those affected. Our rural development projects improve livelihoods and build employment opportunities.

Natural disasters, such as droughts, avalanches and floods, have compounded the effects of conflicts and insecurity, causing displacement and the loss of homes and jobs.

We work alongside local authorities and communities to respond to these emergencies with humanitarian and development programmes.

Christian Aid’s approach of working through local partners enables us to respond closely to the needs of the communities we work with. The participation of communities is critical at every stage of our projects – from identification of needs, to project design and delivery, and participatory monitoring and evaluation that shows the impact and changes on the people reached.

Christian Aid Afghanistan works on:

• Secure and sustainable livelihoods, including agricultural training; providing agricultural inputs such as seeds, tools and livestock and other support to communities; income generation activities, providing the materials and support men and women need for sericulture (silk), agriculture and handicrafts.

• Rights education and community mobilisation through rights awareness training, community meetings, and ‘Reflect Circles’ to address issues of power and communication.

Further content

Afghan ice cream: surplus milk from a cooperative established by one of our partners is being sold to an ice cream company.

I shall be released: a photo gallery about Afghanistan’s female prisoners

A woman’s place: podcast about fighting for rights in Afghanistan

Women in Afghanistan: see the range of our work helping women

Afghanistan - 10 Years On: an in-depth look at our partners' work and achievements

Afghanistan’s silk industry revival was featured in a Guardian photo gallery.

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