• UNHCR: Pakistan - Afghan Refugees, February 2014

    UNHCR and OCHA provide an overview of the protracted Afghan refugee situation in Pakistan, where 1.61 Afghan refugees have been registered.  The Pakistan Government have recently started to reissue Proof of Registration cards to these refugees.  UN agencies, through the Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) programme launched in 2009,  have carried out 2,027 projects for the benefit of some 4 million people, of whom 15 per cent are Afghan refugees. These projects are undertaken in 41 districts in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh provinces and five agencies in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). These initiatives cover health, education, water and sanitation, community infrastructure (including irrigation and farm-to-market roads), environment and, to a limited extent, livelihoods sectors. Urban development was included in 2013.

    PDF icon Pakistan Humanitarian Dashboard_Afghan Refugees February 2014.pdf
  • IDMC: Still at Risk, February 2014

    This report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), part of the Norwegian Refugee Council, explores the issue of forced eviction of Afghan refugees and returnees.  It finds that over 57,000 people have suffered forced eviction, with very few provisions made for them.  Laws adopted by the Afghan government in November, which provide provisions for preventing forced evictions and mitigating the harm and suffering they cause, should go some way to reducing this problem. 

    PDF icon Still at risk.pdf
  • 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