• OCHA: Launch of the Common Humanitarian Action Plan, February 2014

    In his speech, Humanitarian Coordinator Mark Bowden presents the varied humanitarian needs arising from Afghanistan's protracted complex emergency.  $406 million are needed to address the needs of 5 million people - and this will only support those most accutely in need.  $384 million was received from international donors in 2013, but many fear support is waning this year.This speech provides information of the provinces and sectors most in need, gaps in service provision and the priorities for moving relief to recovery.  

    PDF icon CHAP 2014 launch - Speech by HC Mark Bowden.pdf
  • OCHA: World Humanitarian Data & Trends, February 2014

    OCHA's report highlights major trends in the nature of humanitarian crises, their underlying causes and drivers, and the actors that participate in crises prevention, response and recovery.  Afghanistan provides critical and interesting data concerning the evolution of a protracted crisis and could provide valuable lessons for governments, donors and humanitarian organisations for future strategy. 

    PDF icon World Humanitaria Data Trends_2013.pdf
  • Médecins sans Frontières: Between Rhetoric and Reality, February 2014

    MSF's report highlights the stark reality for millions of Afghans who struggle to reach healthcare facilities, often for life-saving treatment.  Many interviewed in the 2013 survey stated that the insurgency made it too dangerous to travel at night, others reported being attacked or harrassed en route to health facilities.  This comes in a year when civilian casualty numbers increased and international funding levels threaten to drop.  Despite significant improvements made to Afghanistan's healthcare system in recent years, MSF concludes that current provision is insufficiently geared to meet rising medical and emergency needs, especially those stemming from the conflict.  

    PDF icon MSF Between rhetoric and reality Feb 14.pdf
  • ACAPS: Global Emergency Overview, January 2014

    The Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS) provides regular updates on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, including summaries of the political and security context and key news and developments.  Read their January 2014 report here - page 52 for Afghanistan.  This month reports on the high levels of security incidents which will restrict movement for many humanitarian internationals, the food security and malnutrition situation (gaining media coverage, see reports here and here), and comments on poor government response to winterisation needs. This report can be received via an app for Android phones - see the end of the report for details.

    PDF icon ACAPS Global Emerg Overview Jan14.pdf
  • OCHA: Humanitarian Winterisation snapshot, December 2013

    OCHA comment that Winter 2013/4 predictions are not for a severe winter or for heavy snowfall.  UN agencies and NGOs are however preparing winterisation programmes, especially for the most vulnerable populations and IDPs living in temporary shelters. 

    PDF icon OCHA_SNAPSHOT_WINTER_20131127.pdf
  • OCHA: Overview of Global Humanitarian Response 2014, December 2013

    The largest part of humanitarian action, year in and year out, is in response to protracted, usually conflict-based crises. In 2014, OCHA predict Afghanistan will see 5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance - third only to Syria and Yemen.  This report highlights the possible Afghan needs and also how fit for purpose the current humanitarian system is - or is not - to respond to these. 

    PDF icon Overview of Global Humanitarian Response 2014.pdf
  • OCHA: Humanitarian Update, December 2013

    The December report includes updates on winterisation activities, increased civilian casualties in 2013 and reduced funding requests for Afghanistan's acute humanitarian needs. These monthly reports can be accessed via this website:

    PDF icon OCHA Humanitarian Update Dec13.pdf
  • OCHA: Humanitarian Update, November 2013

    Reporting for the month of November, OCHA indicate an increase in security incidents involving humanitarian staff (29, with 9 fatalities) and a large number of families displaced by conflict in Faryab.

    PDF icon OCHA Humanitarian update Nov_13.pdf
  • OCHA: 2014 Humanitarian Needs Overview Afghanistan, November 2013

    With Afghanistan at high risk of increased humanitarian need due to its vulnerability to hazards and low capacity to respond, OCHA's report highlights some of the expected priority needs in 2014.  This report provides a useful partner to OCHA's broader Overview of Global Humanitarian Response 2014 report.

    PDF icon OCHA Afghanistan Humanitarian needs 2014.pdf
  • OCHA: Afghanistan Humanitarian Dashboard, September 2013

    The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan continues to worsen, as manifested by a sharp rise in civilian casualties, especially among women and children. There is also a steady flow of new conflict IDPs from across the country's 34 provinces, approaching 600,000 people. The nature of displacement is increasingly fluid in nature, and the number of aid workers caught up in violent attacks is growing. Targeting of aid workers impedes the timeliness, quality and reach of emergency response to IDPs and other conflict affected populations.

    PDF icon Afg_Humanitarian_Dashboard_August2013.pdf
  • HPG/ODI: The Search for Common Ground, April 2013

    Through a series of case studies and other exchanges, this project aims to provide contextual analysis of how civil–military coordination mechanisms have functioned in disaster and conflict contexts in Afghanistan from 2002- 2013. Of key concern is what impact civil–military coordination mechanisms have had on the efficiency or effectiveness of humanitarian response, and on outcomes for affected populations.

    PDF icon The Search for Common Ground April 2013.pdf
  • UN / OCHA Common Humanitarian Action Plan, January 2013

    The United Nations’ humanitarian coordinator, OCHA, is predicting a bleak year for Afghanistan, with further violence and a worsening humanitarian situation.The UN says the number of civilian casualties and displaced people is continuing to rise as the armed conflict spreads to most provinces of the country.  It is appealing for  $471 million to help the most vulnerable Afghans during 2013 and says it has drawn up a list of priorities, ranking provinces according to greatest need.

    PDF icon 2013_Afghanistan_CHAP.pdf
  • ODI: Talking to the Other Side, December 2012

    The first substantive research of its kind into aid access, this report and policy brief by the Overseas Development Institute examines how aid agencies engage with the Taliban to gain access to Afghans in need of assistance. Compiled after almost 150 interviews with Afghans, aid agencies, the Taliban and diplomats, it offers a series of recommendations on humanitarian negotiations.

    PDF icon ODI Talking to the other side Full Report.pdf, PDF icon ODI Talking to the other side Policy Brief.pdf
  • IDC: Afghanistan: Development, progress and prospects after 2014, October 2012

    The UK Parliament's International Development Committee recommends that the British government revise its aid priorities in Afghanistan, giving greater emphasis to humanitarian aid, providing basic services and alleviating poverty.The report, released in October 2012, called for more to be done to meet the needs of vulnerable Afghan communities as international forces prepare to leave the country.It recommends that the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) reconsider its current policy of trying to build a “viable state” in Afghanistan and instead give higher priority to humanitarian and development projects.

    PDF icon Afghanistan Development, progress and prospects after 2014 Oct. 2012.pdf
  • NGOs and Humanitarian Reform: Mapping Study Afghanistan Report, May 2009

    This report highlights key challenges and dilemmas that the humanitarian community in general, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in particular, are facing in Afghanistan today. The report concludes with two overarching recommendations. The first is that in order to enhance the perception of neutrality, independence and impartiality of their humanitarian activities, particularly in those areas of the country where working with legitimate local authorities is no longer possible, NGOs should establish a Humanitarian Consortium that would distinguish itself from other actors on the ground by a recognizable symbol (e.g. pink vehicles or a particular logo) and by a set of 3 principled, clear and transparent operational guidelines.The second relates to the urgent need to launch a communications strategy aimed at the general public and all belligerents to explain the principles, objectives and modus operandi of consortium agencies. This should include efforts to ensure that the vernacular media provide a balanced presentation of humanitarian activities, a campaign to sensitise decision-makers at the sub-national level (provincial councils, governors, leading mullahs), including efforts directed at influencing the leadership of the insurgency on humanitarian access and the rights of civilians caught up in conflict.

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