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Key results 2019

  • 67,000people received humanitarian assistance
  • 319students enrolled in nursing, midwifery, laboratory and pharmacy
  • 338jobs created in the business incubation programme

Global Peace Index

163/ 163

GPI Rank

Political Instability

Safety & Security

Ongoing Conflict

Source: Global Peace Index (2020)

Country Office

Afghanistan flag Kabul, Afghanistan

To contact our office, please send a message to [email protected].

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 across the triple nexus in six thematic areas and have a lobby and advocacy programme supporting these areas.

Read more about Cordaid in Afghanistan

Where does Cordaid work?

Cordaid has specific activities in most provinces. These include humanitarian aid in 9 provinces (Kabul, Bamyan, Urozgan, Kandahar, Ghor, Herat, Balkh, Kunduz and Nangarhar); resilience in Balkh; private sector development in Kabul, Herat, and Kandahar; and, healthcare in Kabul, Paktia, Kandahar, Nimroz, Ghazni, Herat, Balkh, and Nangarhar. Cordaid is decentralising its oversight and support from its main office in Kabul to regional field offices that are (being) set-up.

38,9 Million


Rural population

Urban population

2.2% annual

GDP growth

40 per 1,000

Mortality rate, neonatal


Current situation

Afghanistan has suffered decades of war and conflict that have killed, displaced, and disrupted millions of lives. At the same time, the country is prone to natural hazards including droughts, floods, earthquakes, and harsh winters in its mountainous areas. Nevertheless, increased war fatigue has shifted Afghan and international attention toward a possible political settlement in 2020. Despite some promising developments, many issues lie ahead that must be resolved before a sustainable peace process can be realised and numerous issues could potentially derail this process. Meanwhile, living conditions are particularly challenging in rural areas, with women and children being the most vulnerable groups.