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


  • National Solidarity Programme (NSP)

    Overall Objective: To develop the ability of Afghan communities to identify, plan, manage and monitor their own development projects

    Core activities:

    1. Facilitation at the community level to assist communities to establish inclusive community institutions through secret ballot and democratic elections; reach consensus on priorities and corresponding activities; develop eligible proposals that comply with NSP appraisal criteria; and implement approved projects;.
    1. Building the capacities of CDC (Community Development Councils) and community members (both men and women) in participation, consensus-building, accounting, procurement and contract management, operations and maintenance, and monitoring;
    2. Providing direct block grant transfers to fund approved subprojects through MRRD (Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation & Development)
    3. Linking CDCs to government agencies, NGOs, and donors to improve access to services and resources. 

    ActionAid are delivering this programme in 198 villages in Kabul and 231 villages in Jawzjan.  They aim to support 143,011 people across Kabul and 360,462 across Jawzjan.

  • 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
  • Community Based Education

    Children in Crisis runs Community Based Education Centres (CBECs) across Kabul, delivering education and learning to some of the poorest and most marginalised areas.

    We specifically target children who have never entered school and who, because they are older than 9, are denied access to Primary School. We deliver accelerated learning classes, providing a full primary education in three years and then assist these children in transferring to state schools.

    We also provide literacy and tailoring courses to women and mothers in the community as a way to target the causes of marginalisation.

  • Safer Children, Safer Communities: Putting the Juvenile Code into Practice

    This project aims to increase the number of children sentenced to Alternatives to detention (AtD), as well as to increase the ability of the Ministry of Justice to care for children in conflict with the law.

    The project has 6 full time Social Workers providing case management support, as well as 25 Community Workers who assist in the reintegration of juveniles when released.

    Vocational and academic courses are provided to children detained at the Juvenile Detention Centre (JRC) as well as psychosocial and counselling programmes.

  • Supporting Children in Kabul Orphanages

    The lack of any basic system for supporting children with special needs has had horrific consequences in Afghanistan. This project identifies cases and houses children at state orphanages, provides needed medical and psychological care, and supports children through physiotherapy and cognitive development programmes.

    This project is supported by our partner, Enabled Children Initiative (ECI).

  • Friends of Aschiana UK

    Children/social work | Education

    IDP Education Support 

    Aschiana works in four internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Kabul. Providing support to more than 1200 children and their parents through educational, recreational and human rights and health awareness programs. 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. 

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

    Children/social work | Community development | Education

    Outreach centres and Day Care centres

    These 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.

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  • Friends of Aschiana UK

    Community development | Education | Livelihood

    Micro Credit Loan Program

    Aschiana provides a micro credit loan program to families in need. Through this loan, families are setting up their initial businesses, such as tailoring. One of the conditions for the families to receive the loan is that they must send their children to school. Through this program there are about 186 children attending school each year.

    Read more about Friends of Aschiana UK
  • 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.  

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  • Friends of Aschiana UK

    Education | Livelihood

    Vocational Training for Boys and Girls 

    Aschiana provides vocational training for street working children and families living in poverty. In 2014, 100 young girls and mothers graduated in tailoring and embroidery. About 75 per cent of these women are making an income using their skills.  

    Read more about Friends of Aschiana UK
  • 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
  • Islamic Relief

    Children/social work

    Kabul Orphanage Rehabilitation

    • The project is designed to provide educational and vocational support, recreational initiatives and basic health support to the orphans of Aladdin and Tahia Maskan Orphanages in Kabul city.
    • The project covers those 75 orphans who don’t have parents or other relatives.
    • The project arranges education, recreation and training programmes as well as some vocational courses for orphans to become self-sufficient in the future.  
    • The project is funded by IR-Canada for the duration of one year.
    Read more about Islamic Relief
  • Oxfam


    Great IDEA (Girls’ Rights to Education in Afghanistan through Innovative Distance Education)

    From a television studio in Kabul, an experienced teacher broadcasts classes in four science subjects such as Maths, Chemistry, Biology and Physics. This is broadcasted live to classroom televisions in 62 schools in Parwan, Kapisa, Panjsher and Kabul provinces. After the 20-minute lesson, the students and teachers are able call the studio, in real time, and ask the teacher in Kabul questions about the lesson. They can also phone and leave messages for the master trainer who will provide answers to the questions in the next telecast lesson.

    To raise awareness of the importance of education, especially for girls, a drama, Maktab-e-Sokhta (Burnt School), has also been developed and is broadcast via radio.

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  • 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

    Community development | Governance | Women

    Within and Without States II

    Establish 9 Community Peace Promoters at community, district and provincial level, consisting of women, youth, community elders, power holders, and government official directly involved in peace building process of Afghanistan. These aim to bring together these CPPs as collectives voice for bringing peace in Afghanistan and to engage women in peace building process. The CPPs will also be supported to actively engage with formal and informal institutions (including through the ACSONP network) at provincial and national level to effectively advocate for their involvement in provincial and national peace processes.

    The CPPs work to increase the number of women and youth mediators in communities and to identify issues such as local disputes related to women's issues or social conflicts between communities. The groups then take these issues to ACSONP to find a solution.

    The project will have a strong focus on ensuring the institutional capacity of ACSONP structures to ensure sustainability and the ability of these structures to continue.  In addition, there is a focus on strengthening the membership body and national level lobbying and advocacy to support peace building efforts with government

    Finally, WWS-II will move from creating spaces for ACSONP to engage with government to identify opportunities for ACSONP to enter (preferably through invitation) existing spaces for dialogue and policy development with government.

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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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  • Tearfund

    Community development | Education

    Enabling & Mobilising Afghan Disabled programme

    The project aims to strengthen and empower people with disabilities towards full participation in every aspect of life – utilising rehabilitation, awareness, advocacy, education, as well as social and economic support. The main activities of the project are as follows:

    • Community-based rehabilitation support
    • Advocacy 
    • Inclusive and integrated education
    • Special classes for children with intellectual disabilities
    • Braille materials production and Afghan Sign Language development

    2015 beneficiaries = 28,200 in Kabul and Parwan

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  • The Linda Norgrove Foundation

    Education | Livelihood | Women


    An Afghan run charity, SCAWNO provides classes for over 300 children in calligraphy and art, computing, Koran instruction, and a popular judo club.

    Judo students have competed in national and international competitions, giving the kids confidence and fun.

    Tailoring classes are provided for women who are gaining skills to start their own business in the future.

    It is hoped that art-work which will be displayed for sale at an exhibition in a Scottish art gallery will provide an income to buy art materials for the group.

    The Foundation is committed to supporting this worthwhile charity but is also encouraging managers to work towards becoming self-sustaining.




  • Womanity

    This is a four-year project to provide libraries in 12 girls’ schools in both Kabul and rural areas of Afghanistan. The aim of the library space is to encourage girls to read and study in their own time, and to enhance the studies they are undertaking without fear and intimidation.

    It is estimated that the project will reach 24,000 students. Books will be made available in Dari, Pashto and English and approximately 250 will be distributed in each school each year. This library provision is part of a larger programme to improve girls’ schools and teaching quality across the country.


  • The Linda Norgrove Foundation

    Children/social work | Education

    Afghan Children's Circus

    The Children’s Circus provides a safe and stimulating environment for children who might otherwise end up working on the streets. The children build their confidence and have fun learning juggling skills and performance art.

    They perform plays throughout the country to large crowds, spreading awareness about important issues such as drug misuse and the dangers of landmines.

    They produce their own promotional material and have a regular slot on radio.  The Foundation provided emergency funding following the loss of a previous funder. 


  • Scholarships

    Two girls, from Badhakshan and a remote corner of Kabul Province respectively, are sponsored to attend medical school in Kabul.

    The girls’ progress is monitored and it is intended to reward good results by giving them financial support for the duration of their studies.

    In addition, scholarships have been given to a further 19 young women from various provinces to study for degrees in law, economics, or business. None of these students would be able to attend their college of further education without financial assistance.

  • Medical House

    In 2015 the Foundation is providing 60% funding towards the cost of operations for 10 poor children from rural areas of Afghanistan, including accommodation for the family travelling with them at the Children’s medical house in Kabul.

    Operations at the French hospital ‘La Chaine de l’Espoir’ are for surgery to repair cleft lip and pallet, orthopaedic operations for clubfoot and life saving heart surgery. 

    The Foundation has provided funding to the hospital since 2011.


  • Amorelief

    US based charity Amorelief runs a medical outreach programme offering clinic and midwifery services in five of the poorest districts in Kabul where security is uncertain and no medical care exists.

    Funds provided by the Foundation pay the wages of the three midwives included within the team of six whose focus is on antenatal, postnatal, and newborn care.


  • The Linda Norgrove Foundation

    Children/social work | Health

    The Window of Hope Orphanage

    This orphanage provides care and a home for 10 children with disabilities, some of whom require 24/7 care.

    There is little understanding of or support for disabled children in Afghanistan and kids are often abandoned on the street as families can neither cope nor afford to feed someone who is unable to contribute to the family income.

    Over the years, the Foundation has seen the facilities and care provided at the home improve no end. Members of staff are receiving training, the children now have a good diet, receive dental and medical attention when required, medications, schooling and outings.

    Much is being done to raise awareness in the government and wider public and to help families to look after their disabled child at home.

    The Foundation recently joined together with Enabled Children Initiative and the Karen Woo Foundation to jointly provide on-going annual funding.


  • Child Protection for Street Working Children & Youth through Income Generation & Education

    To contribute to a reduction in the number of children and youth working on the streets in Kabul City, 3 centres for street-working children have been created.

    • Accelerated learning classes and recreational activities are provided to 300 children.
    • Children’s access to education is supported with the delivery of appropriately identified vocational training for 200 parents/caregivers to increase employment/livelihood prospects.
    • Conditional cash grants will also be provided to 50 families to support the establishment of income generating activities. Increasing family income while advocating the importance of children’s education will support school enrolment and retention for street working children.
  • Education & Child Protection for Vulnerable Children

    • The project addresses the social, protection and educational needs of street working and displaced children in Kabul, Afghanistan.
    • In addition, it includes a research study that will enable WCUK to improve its understanding of the prevalence and effects of child labour in the informal carpet industry in Kabul, informing future programming to address this issue.
    • The project will deliver direct support to a total of 475 children and 400 adults through education, psychosocial support, and protection initiatives.

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