Community governance

In 2019, SCA supported 522 communities in Wardak, Kunduz, Jawzjan, Balkh, Samangan and Nangarhar, providing advice on local council formation, representatives’ elections, development planning, budgeting, service delivery and advocacy

The level of economic and social development in the rural parts of Afghanistan is very low. Conflicts, corruption, and mismanagement in the administration result in local communities enjoying extremely limited opportunities to effect change. People are powerless, geared to survive, and cannot claim their rights against authorities. They often find it difficult to carry out the measures they think are necessary.

Women and persons with disabilities are groups that have traditionally not been included in joint decision-making. It is therefore part of the SCA mission to strengthen these groups’ participation. Their representation in both self-help groups and community-based organizations (CBOs) is important as these bodies must reflect society at large. These CBOs provide the opportunity to influence and participate in decisions concerning the community’s future, for groups that are usually excluded too.

To achieve the required change, efforts have been coordinated in several areas. One of the main areas is providing support to CBOs to facilitate local development planning and service delivery. Capacity building support is provided in participatory development planning, targeting and selection, participatory monitoring, and social audits to improve CBO performance and delivery of services to target groups. In addition, SCA strengthens the capacity of CBOs to manage community conflicts that may arise because of social, cultural, and natural resource disputes. We also strengthen the capacity of CBOs to advocate for their legitimate needs and rights through capacity building of local change agents, creation, and sustenance of dialogue spaces, and build alliances and partnerships with other actors.

Livelihoods and Resilience

Statement on the decision to ban women NGO workers in Afghanistan 

News The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) is profoundly concerned by the recent announcement of the de facto authorities (DFA) that women are no longer allowed to work with national and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Afghanistan. Following only four days after the suspension of women’s rights to attend higher education, the ban on women NGO […]

SCA inaugurate two construction projects in Speen Ghar district of Nangarhar province

News SCA’s Jalalabad Regional Management office inaugurated pipe scheme and Disaster Risk Reduction projects under ABADIE project in Speen Ghar district as worth of around 20 million Afs. The projects will provide safe drinking water facility for around 7000 persons directly and indirectly in Asad khel village and Disaster Risk Reduction project will connect the road […]

We did not have economical backup, so we created Self-help Group

News Here in Moqor district of Ghazni province – 20 women with disabilities or the ones whose family members have disabilities; have come together and created Rana Self-Help Group to have economical Backup for the due day. This group was created in 2020 with the financial assistance of the European Union under BACEDA (Building Active Citizenship […]

The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan Established a Midwifery Training Center in 4 provinces of Afghanistan

News The political transition in August 2021 has brought many challenges and restrictions, especially in the healthcare sector. Despite all the challenges, SCA continues to provide healthcare services in Afghanistan. SCA established a midwifery training center in Parwan, Nuristan, Samangan and Panjshir Provinces where the entrance examination for the Community Midwifery Education (CME) was conducted by […]

Swedish Committee for Afghanistan helps earthquake-affected families

News Following the devastating earthquake in the southeastern provinces of Afghanistan, the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) distributed aid packages including In-kind Food Baskets, Non-Food Items, Hygiene Items, and Multi-Purpose Cash Assistance to 500 affected families worth a total of 225,000 US dollars after a rapid assessment at the scene. The United Nation Development Program (UNDP) […]

SCA distributes aid packages to 500 affected families in Paktika province

Press release Following the earthquake in Paktia province, the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA)  distributes aid packages including In-kind Food Baskets, Non-Food Items, Hygiene Items, and Multi-Purpose Cash Assistance to 500 affected families worth a total of 25 million Afghanis after a rapid assessment at the scene. The SCA’s Country Director, Daniel Madhani, expresses his condolences to […]