Where we work

BAAG's Member organisations work across a large number of Afghanistan's provinces.  Click on the provinces of the map below to see which organisations are present there and details of their programmes. 


Some of our members - Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International UK, Child Soldiers International and Global Witness - operate on a nation-wide basis rather than in specific provinces. 


Afghanistan provincial map Nimroz Helmand Kandahar Zabul Paktika Khost Paktya Nangarhar Kunar Nuristan Badakhshan Takhar Kunduz Balkh Jawzjan Faryab Badghis Herat Farah Ghor Daykundi Uruzgan Sari Pul Ghazni Wardak Logar Kabul Laghman Parwan Kapisa Panjsher Baghlan Samangan Bamyan


  • Resilient Agriculture and Livelihoods for Socio-economic Empowerment (REALISE)

    REALISE aims to strengthen community resilience among vulnerable households by:

    a)      Improving food and nutritional security,

    b)      Increasing their economic asset base and

    c)      By strengthening their engagement in influencing decision making, service provision and policies at village, district, provincial and national level.  

    REALISE is delivered in a total of 97 villages across the 3 provinces of Balkh, Bamiyan and Jawzjan

  • Empowering Women & Girls 

    This 12 month project across Bamyan, Balkh and Jawzjan provinces aims to empower women & girls to claim their rights.  Activities include: 

    • Establishment of Women's Resource Centres
    • Research into women's access to justice
    • Undertaking Gender Audits
    • Women's Rights training 
  • Strengthening the Resilience of Afghanistan’s Vulnerable Communities against Disasters (SRACAD)

    The SCRACAD project is delivered by a consortia of agencies - Afghanaid, Action Aid, Concern Worldwide, Save the Children and UNEP. 

    Project four component and main activities: 

    1. National and Sub-national Institutions have Strengthened Institutional Capacity to Support Communities Against Natural Hazards.
    2. Communities and Schools have Enhanced Preparedness Against Natural Hazards.
    3. Households have Improved Capacity to Cope with the Impacts of Hazards.
    4. Research and Advocacy on DRR and Climate Conducted at National and Sub-national Levels.


  • Afghanaid

    Community development | Education | Governance

    Supporting Actors for sustainable protection of Human Rights in Afghanistan (SAHRA)

    Working through local partner organisations, Afghanaid engages with key civil society, government and NGO actors to train them in the realisation and promotion of human rights. 

    Read more about Afghanaid
  • Christian Aid

    Community development | Governance | Women

    Strengthening local capacities for greater community empowerment in reducing socio-economic vulnerabilites

    3 core objectives: Establishment of transparent and accountable mechanisms between the state/public authorities and the NSAs (non-state actors) active in the provinces; Representative bodies of marginalized groups (women and young people) are established and strengthened; Women’s Shuras and youth councils have more pro-active role in decision-making and conflict resolution at the district and provincial level.

    Main activities:

    • Measures against grievances – establishing complaint boxes in at least 5 Ministries and the PDCs.
    • Identifying local NGO and capacity-building of the local NSAs through monthly workshops.
    • Establishing networks among NSA and women Shura, youth counsels and local NGOs and introducing them to the relevant provincial level Ministries - follow up on cases reported by the Shura members- promoting accountability and transparency.
    • Establishing literacy classes (along with workshops, trainings and meetings) for the female Shura members and youth council members. 
    Read more about Christian Aid
  • Mobile Library Program

    Aschiana’s Mobile library targets children and adults in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps and public schools. The vehicle travels to different locations distributing books amongst children. Once a week the program gives story and picture books to families to increase interest in education and convince parents to send their children to school.  

    Read more about Friends of Aschiana UK
  • Friends of Aschiana UK

    Children/social work | Education

    IDP Education Support 

    Aschiana is working in IDP camps in Mazar-e-Sharif serving 230 children by providing basic education and recreational activities. The project’s main goal is to assist and educate street working children and their families and integrate the children into the formal school system.

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  • Friends of Aschiana UK

    Children/social work | Education

    Outreach centres and Day Care centres

    The centres support children and their parents through educational, recreational and awareness-raising programs. The project’s main goal is to assist and educate internally displaced children and integrate them into the formal school system.

    Read more about Friends of Aschiana UK
  • HealthProm


    Reducing maternal, newborn and under-5 deaths 

    Maternal mortality in Afghanistan is amongst the highest in the world. With an average of 5.5 births per woman, as many as one woman in every 11 is thought to die of pregnancy-related causes. Nearly nine out of ten Afghan women give birth in rural areas without any skilled help. Many women, with their babies, die because they can’t get to a health centre in time for the birth. 

    The project encourages villagers to set up women’s Safe Motherhood Groups and men’s groups in each village which aim to raise awareness of specific risks of pregnancy and childbirth and what villagers can do to mitigate them. 

    To reduce hypothermia deaths the project encourages women to make kangaroo mothercare slings for all newborn babies and provides clean birth kits to prevent infection when women give birth at home.

    The project provides comfortable donkey saddles specially designed for women in labour to get to health centres to give birth. For women who live too far or with complications it provides motor transport.

    It provides outreach antenatal care by midwives, with birth planning, where possible resulting in a plan thumb-printed by husband and wife.

    It trains and supplies volunteer community health workers to provide basic healthcare in their villages.

    It provides sources of clean water and, to reduce malnutrition, improved crop storage and training in animal husbandry. 

    Read more about HealthProm
  • HealthProm

    Agriculture & rural development | Health | WASH

    Water, sanitation, hygiene, plus tree and vegetable gardens 

    The project provides pipes which villagers will lay from mountain springs to gardens and storage tanks, the latter built in the villages. 

    It provides trees, seed and water to the poorest and most disadvantaged families in ten villages.

    The project will also develop four primary school gardens and aims to benefit indirectly the whole population of ten villages through practical nutrition education. School gardens will aim to show what tree and vegetable varieties can be grown. We aim for them to introduce an experimental aspect and generate the interest of the whole community in diversity of crops and methods of growing, especially through the children.  

    The poorest villagers will set up gardens which will not only reduce malnutrition in their own children, but also demonstrate to others the nutritional value of fruits, nuts and vegetables. 

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  • Mazar HIV Programme

    • Project aims to establish and strengthen existing comprehensive HIV prevention, treatment and care services.  
    • It targets female injecting and non-injecting drug users in community and prison settings.
    • The project creates an enabling environment to provide gender-sensitive approaches to comprehensive HIV prevention, treatment, and care services. The project is funded by UNODC, Kabul and last for six months until June 2015.
    Read more about Islamic Relief
  • Islamic Relief

    Children/social work

    One to One Orphan Support (OTO)

    The one to one orphan sponsorship project is one of Islamic Relief's longest running projects, started in 2003.

    • The project is sponsored individually through personal support of 2200 sponsors who live in the western countries, mainly Australia, USA, UK and Turkey.
    • The project is mainly focused on financial support of the poorest and needy orphans who are not able to continue their education due to economic problems.  
    • The OTO project staff register each orphan accordingly to the criteria, approved by community and religious elders and verified by the IR team and creates a bank account for the registered orphan to receive the allocated money.  
    • Currently the total number of OTO sponsored is 2134 orphans in four provinces (Kabul, Mazar, Nangarhar and Bamyan)

    SEHAT (Supporting Education Through Health Assistance and Treatment)

    The SEHAT project is in line with Islamic Relief's Strategy (2009-11) Aim No. 5 “Children’s wellbeing is placed at the centre of our actions with focus on providing support so that vulnerable children can grow up in a healthy, caring and supportive environment." 

    The SEHAT project supports those orphans who are already registered in the OTO project in terms of health services in four provinces namely Kabul, Mazar, Bamyan and Mazar.


    Read more about Islamic Relief
  • Oxfam


    Human Rights in Extractive Mining

    • Advocacy training for a coalition of civil society organizations (CSOs) on human rights, employment rights and the rights of affected communities to help them advocate for a safe environment to live in.
    • CSO staff are trained in the skills needed to defend the rights of workers and communities living near mines and to monitor the activities of the extractive companies.
    • Groups are created in the affected communities and then connected with ministries, mining companies and other relevant organizations to discuss mining activities and the protection of affected communities.
    • They also advocate for mining employees’ rights and for best-practice mining in Afghanistan.
    • Research to highlight the problems and challenges faced by miners and the wider community as mining begins in their area. The results will be shared with relevant government departments in order to urge them to review current mining policies in favor of better practices and solutions.
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  • Oxfam

    Children/social work

    My Rights, My Voice

    The project has created 10 community-level youth groups, three districts-level youth groups and one provincial youth group (for boys and girls) in 4 provinces (Kabul, Balkh, Daikundi and Badakhshan).

    The groups discuss, advocate and campaign for young people’s rights, especially about education, health issues and involvement in policy change.

    The groups have built wide networks for knowledge-sharing. Oxfam and its partners train the groups in campaigning, lobbying, budget-tracking and monitoring, as well as in how to analyse and use the data they collect.

    The project engages directly with communities and government at provincial and national levels to champion the creation of policies that reflect young people’s concerns. It lobbies for greater government investment in services for children and young people, particularly health and education, as well as increased donor funding directed at youth concern.

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  • Oxfam

    Governance | Women

    FLOW– Funding Leadership and Opportunity for Women

    FLOW has created forums and advocacy groups in communities, districts, 2 provinces and at national level. It has trained members – men and women – on the importance of women’s participation in society and on ways for women to access the formal justice system.

    The groups work to increase the number of women leaders in communities and to identify issues such as domestic violence, child marriages and many other issues that women face. These groups then advocacy for these issues to government departments to find a solution.

    The project also works with ‘change agents’– members of the community who try to bring positive changes.  It supports paralegals who work on cases where women’s rights have been abused.  Finally, is facilitates 'Triads'- coordination mechanism between government bodies, CSOs and the people.

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  • Oxfam

    Governance | Women

    Bayan II

    Project focuses on women in the security forces.  It's long term goals are centered on inclusion (ensuring there are more women included in the security sector) and protection (ensuring women are safer inside the security forces). It also support women to enter and work effectively in parliament. 

    Bayan activities are diverse, ranging from using social media, trainings/workshops, community mobilization, engaging youth and academia, research, direct advocacy, monitoring of relevant, government policies, hotline (free consultation via phone), TV/Radio dramas and shows, roundtables, etc. Bayan national and international partners are working at local, national and international levels, engaging youth, activists, actors and stakeholders. Through advocacy, influencing and awareness rising, it is aimed to achieve more responsive and inclusive security sector and more women inclusion in leadership and politics.

    This is a consortium project with Gender Concerns International and Cordaid, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  

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  • Oxfam

    Livelihood | Women

    Markets for Afghan Artisans

    Working with women who are poor, uneducated or unable to leave the home for cultural reasons, the project trains them in a craft. It builds on this by training the women in the business skills needed to turn that craft into a livelihood. It provides critical and ongoing support to connect them with sustainable markets to sell their goods and helps them to create a long-term and thriving business that can be based in their homes. 

    Women also come to Zardozi training centers to refine their skills and to take part in training from business management to literacy and accounting – equipping them with everything they need to build a successful business.

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  • Tearfund


    Women's Self Help Groups

    The Self Help Group approach in Afghanistan is a grass roots movement, designed to empower Afghan women socially, economically and politically. This ongoing program, which began in 2003, saw the last tier of the three tier strategy come to fruition in 2011 with the emergence of the Federation of SHGs in Kabul.  A Tearfund partner is the implementing agency,  training and equiping Afghan women in the SHG Approach, as well as other NGOs within thier sphere of influence. There is still much work to be done with the SHG program to overcome more than three decades of instability.

    Direct beneficiaries: Poorest local women and children attending SHGs. Indirect beneficiaries: children and husbands of attendees. To date over 16,000 women are active in SHGS and over 2015 a further 1,600 are anticipated to join new groups.

    There are also 1,440 children active in Children’s Self Help Groups, which operate a bit more like after school clubs, but with training on savings included.

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  • WASH programme

    Tearfund partner has engaged several villages within Balkh Province since 2009. These communities have been selected due to their existing need for safe water and hygiene education.

    The WASH programme focuses on two key areas:

    1. Education—Hygiene and Birth Life Saving Skills courses for community groups and hygiene lessons in local schools;
    2. Access to Safe Water—well drilling and maintenance training, and introduction of household biosand filters with training.

    13,300 beneficiaries are estimated for 2015.

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