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Cordaid NL


Some annual results

  • 709,725Afghans received basic health services
  • 2,052Afghans received lobby and advocacy training
  • 9,289returnees and IDPs were provided with food and shelter
  • 186,520small entrepreneurs received income generating support

Global Peace Index

152/ 163

GPI Rank

Political Instability

Safety & Security

Ongoing Conflict

Source: Global Peace Index (2016)

Country Office

Afghanistan flag Kabul, Afghanistan

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Country Director Afghanistan

Cordaid Afghanistan

Jaap van Hierden

Cordaid in Afghanistan

Cordaid has been active in the country since 2001, aiming at a stable and peaceful Afghanistan. We work in 4 thematic area's, supported by lobby and advocacy activities: health care, security and justice, humanitarian aid and private sector development.

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Where does Cordaid work?

We focus on six provinces. In Kandahar and Uruzgan, in the south, Cordaid provides access to basic health care. In Uruzgan we also provide provide short-term emergency assistance for people who fled the fighting. In the eastern province of Nangarhar, we train midwives and nurses and provide relief to returnees and IDPs, under the umbrella of the Dutch Relief Alliance (Cordaid is the lead of the DRA consortium in Afghanistan). In Kabul, we give medical care to displaced people and invest in family counseling, particularly as it pertains to tackling domestic violence. Cordaid is also active in the provinces of Parwan and Balkh, where, among other things, we educate people about agriculture.
Our projects show that constructive work is possible, even in the most insecure provinces.

34,7 Million


Rural population

Urban population

2.2% annual

GDP growth

40 per 1,000

Mortality rate, neonatal


Current situation

For decades Afghanistan has been a battlefield of national and international forces. Continuous conflicts have taken their toll on society and reconstruction of the country is largely in the hands of national and international organizations. Living conditions are particularly challenging in the rural areas, with farmers and women being the most vulnerable groups. The rural population depends on agriculture and livestock for their livelihood, but farmers are unable to produce sufficient food due to limited access to land and water, inefficient cultural practices and repeated cycles of drought and flooding. There are limited value chain, cold stores, transportation and marketing facilities and small farmers don’t earn much. There is a shortage of medical personnel in Afghanistan, in particular of female health workers. In rural areas medical facilities are practically non-existent. Limited access to basic health care is leading to high mortality rates, specifically among mothers and children under 5.

Women and girls face gender-based violence and discrimination at family, community and society level. Their access to health care, education, security & justice and politics is constrained by social, traditional, cultural and other barriers. Furthermore, insecurity, political instability, unemployment and bleak economic opportunities led to significant internal and external migration causing serious humanitarian crises, as well as a significant brain drain.

Cordaid in Afghanistan

Health care

Our nation-wide health packages (Basic Package of Health Services as well as Essential Package of Hospital Services) reach over 700,000 people, even in the remotest and most dangerous places where not many aid organizations operate. We also run the Institute of Health Sciences in Kandahar province.

Security and Justice

We help create an enabling environment and flourishing community for women in Afghanistan.

Humanitarian aid

We provide cash ( for rent, repair of houses, food, medicines, clothes…), short term livelihood inputs, water and sanitation in Nangarhar and Uruzgan, for returnees, conflict-affected IDPs and host communities.

Private sector development

By enabling an environment for business start-ups and empowering and linking job seekers to the job market, we provide income generating support to more than 186,000 individuals.

Lobby & Advocacy

Lobby & Advocacy (L&A) activities focus on health systems reforms, access to justice, inclusive peace and security and extractive industries.

Wahida participated in courses from the Cordaid supported Afghan Women Resource Center (AWRC). She is now ready for further education, which is uncommon for many women in Afghanistan (© Mariam Alimi / Cordaid)

Partners and donors

Cordaid actively supports and works with competent Afghan and International NGOs which includes AHDS, AHO, APPRO, AWN, AWRC, BAYAT Foundation, Caritas Germany, CRS, HBORL, EPD, HADAAF, HRRAC, 1% Club, RRAA, OWH, Oxfam Novib, SALAH, STARS.

Recent donors include Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the European Union, the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the World Bank, OCHA (Common Humanitarian Fund) and the Afghan Ministry of Public Health.

Afghanistan team

Cordaid Afghanistan

Jaap van Hierden

Country Director Afghanistan

Hameed Attaiy

Deputy Country Director - Operations

Wali Hashimi

Deputy Country Director - Programmes

Nasima Omari

Programme Manager for Lobby & Advocacy

Arezo Mirzad

Programme Manager for Security & Justice

Hedeyatullah Mushfiq

Programme manager for Health

Abdur Rauf Safi

Programme Manager for Humanitarian Aid

Ahmad Wali Kosha

Programme Manager for Resilience

Mohammad Anwar Alvi

Programme Manager for Private Sector Development

Nazar Mohammad Momand

PMEAL Manager