Chaab district, Takhar province, Afghanistan. Photo: Rosaleen Martin / Concern Worldwide.Chaab district, Takhar province, Afghanistan. Photo: Rosaleen Martin / Concern Worldwide.Chaab district, Takhar province, Afghanistan. Photo: Rosaleen Martin / Concern Worldwide.

Afghanistan

Afghanistan

Why are we in Afghanistan? Concern has worked in Afghanistan since responding to a major earthquake in 1998. Today, Afghanistan continues to face one of the most complex humanitarian crises in the world. Prolonged poverty, recurring environmental disasters and insecurity pose significant challenges to Afghans, with lasting political, economic and social implications. Concern is responding with emergency, resilience and long-term development programming.

Almost two thirds of Afghans live in areas directly affected by conflict

Despite development advances in recent years, Afghanistan remains an extremely volatile and fragile country following nearly four decades of instability. Violence continues to undermine the country’s development, with almost two-thirds of the Afghan population living in areas directly affected by conflict, prompting ongoing internal displacement that erodes people’s resources and coping mechanisms over time.

These challenges are compounded by the limited capacity of communities, government and humanitarian actors to withstand the impact of repeated natural disasters including floods, landslides, earthquakes and drought.

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Latest achievements

Emergency response

In September 2019, Concern became the UN’s chosen partner for the emergency response to displacement in Northeast Afghanistan. We became camp lead at Dasth-e-Robat camp, where over 3,000 families were seeking refuge from conflict.

Education

Building resilience

A men's workshop in Chaab district, Afghanistan. Photo: Rosaleen Martin / Concern Worldwide.
A men's workshop in Chaab district, Afghanistan. Photo: Rosaleen Martin / Concern Worldwide.
Chaab district, Takhar province, Afghanistan. Photo: Rosaleen Martin / Concern Worldwide.
Chaab district, Takhar province, Afghanistan. Photo: Rosaleen Martin / Concern Worldwide.
Child uses handwashing station in Afghanistan
A little boy washes his hands at one of Concern's stations in Afghanistan. Photo: Stefanie Glinski / Concern Worldwide
In Northern Afghanistan, Concern is raising awareness of the symptoms and preventative measures people can take in relation to Covid-19. Ghofran* (7) reads the sign. Photo: Stefanie Glinski
In Northern Afghanistan, Concern is raising awareness of Covid-19. Ghofran* (7) reads the sign. Photo: Stefanie Glinski
Village elder Edris*, 60, washes his hands as preventative measure to the spread of Covid-19. Photo: Stefanie Glinski
Village elder Edris*, 60, washes his hands as preventative measure to the spread of Covid-19. Photo: Stefanie Glinski

How we're helping Afghanistan

We respond rapidly to emergencies, but we also build resilience and tackle gender inequalities so that communities are more prepared to withstand the shocks caused by climate and on-going conflict.

Good governance
Emergency response
Building resilience

Recent publications relating to Afghanistan

Our online resource library contains recent and archived publications relating to our development and humanitarian work.
NFI materials being distributed by Concern in masisi, DRC. Photo: Kieran McConville/Concern Worldwide

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  • Our mission is to permanently transform the lives of people living in extreme poverty.

  • When an emergency strikes we are among the first on the ground.

  • We go to the ends of earth to deliver aid where it's needed most.

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