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Solidarity, peace and development

For Afghanistan to succeed, the Afghan government, the people of Afghanistan and civil society must work together, honestly and transparently, towards the common goals of peace, justice and sustainable development. And we, the international community must continue our support to ensure that all Afghans, regardless of gender, abilities, disabilities, and social, ethnic, language and religious backgrounds are included in the development process.

Prosjekt/ tirsdag 11. juli 2017

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals provide a comprehensive framework for all development efforts of the Norwegian Afghanistan Committee (NAC) in Afghanistan and for its work in Norway. The 17 goals are interconnected, and show us just how complex the development agenda is especially for a country like Afghanistan that has suffered almost four decades of conflict and war. For Afghanistan to succeed, the Afghan government, the people of Afghanistan and civil society must work together, honestly and transparently, towards the common goals of peace, justice and sustainable development. And we, the international community must continue our support to ensure that all Afghans, regardless of gender, abilities, disabilities, and social, ethnic, language and religious backgrounds are included in the development process. 

NAC takes an integrated approach to rural development. Our programs are designed to address the underlying causes of poverty in rural and hard-to-reach communities throughout Afghanistan; good governance; strong, just and effective state institutions; a vibrant civil society; respect for human rights; gender equity and equality; equitable access to health, education and other basic community services; access for all for to food and work; and development of resilient communities towards the natural and man-made disasters that continue to haunt Afghanistan. In other words; a future where Afghanistan is peaceful and free from poverty, and where equality, democracy, human rights and respect serve as the bases for political action and development.

The reforestation programs in Badakhshan and Ghazni, where millions of trees have greened barren hills and helped to secure riverbanks, are strong symbols of NAC’s long term development perspective.

Building local and provincial capacity in disaster risk management and preparedness, and conducting research on landslides and earthquakes together with Afghan government and international partners, stand as examples of organizational learning, growth and professional development.

The education of midwives and health nurses has helped save lives and contributed to a reduction in maternal and infant mortality rates in Afghanistan. Education efforts in playgroups, primary and secondary schools, physiotherapy schools, colleges and universities, benefitting almost 200,000 children and youth will help provide future generations of Afghans with the knowledge and skills needed to develop the country, and bring about peace and stability. The support to female and male farmers provides livelihoods to families in rural Afghanistan. The orchards with almonds, pistachios and apples provide income to communities at the same time as they offer protection from avalanches and landslides. The work with community-based governance structures and civil society organizations helps anchor progress to ensure strong local ownership of development processes. The support from Norwegian volunteers, from school children to midwives, teachers and other experienced professionals, enables NAC to develop and implement quality programs to support the development of Afghanistan.

The work of NAC, in Afghanistan and Norway, is rooted in long-term commitment, and the successes we have achieved depend on the hard work of hundreds of dedicated and professional staff and volunteers, and on committed Norwegian and international donors. This continued solidarity gives hope in a time of great uncertainty.   

 

Liv Kjølseth

Secretary General

Terje Watterdal                   

Country Director

Afghanistankomiteen
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