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Key results 2020

  • 120,000people received humanitarian assistance
  • 204,000people reached through COVID-19 awareness activities
  • 331jobseekers, small business owners and youth received job skills and legal training

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

Marco Savio

Cordaid in Afghanistan

Cordaid is an internationally operating value-based emergency relief and development organisation, working in and on fragility. We have been active in Afghanistan since 2001, working for a stable and prosperous country. Abiding by the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and operational independence, Cordaid is committed to stand by the people of Afghanistan and deliver its lifesaving support.

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Where does Cordaid work?

Cordaid in Afghanistan has activities in a large part of the country. We deliver humanitarian aid in seven provinces (Daikundi, Ghor, Herat, Kunduz, Nangarhar, Kandahar, and Urozgan), provide health care services in eight provinces (Balkh, Ghazni, Herat, Kabul, Kandahar, Nangarhar, Nimruz, and Paktia) and promote private sector development in three provinces (Kabul, Kandahar, and Herat). Cordaid is decentralising its oversight and support from its main office in Kabul to regional field offices that are (being) established.

39,8 Million


Rural population

Urban population

2.2% annual

GDP growth

40 per 1,000

Mortality rate, neonatal


Current situation

Afghanistan has suffered four 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. People in Afghanistan are struggling and facing many challenges. These challenges may deteriorate further due to the Taliban takeover, of which the real impact is yet to be seen.

Through our work and need-based programming, we are committed to delivering life-saving, resilience, and development assistance to the people of Afghanistan.

Cordaid in Afghanistan

Health care

Key results 2021 (January – September 2021):

  • 32,419 community members and 8634 teachers and students reached through COVID-19 prevention and awareness activities
  • 5708 people received reproductive health awareness
  • 3094 community-based platforms/institution members provided with personal protective equipment and hygienic kits, including menstrual hygiene kits for women
  • 21,970 leaflets printed, containing COVID-19 prevention instructions approved by the Afghan Ministry of Public Health and the World Health Organization, and disseminated to targeted communities.

Afghanistan has made strong and continued progress in the healthcare sector over the last twenty years, with tangible results such as a strong reduction in maternal and child mortality made possible by major effects to improve accessibility and quality of health services in even the most remote areas at the national level, Cordaid Afghanistan, together with other trusted NGOs and CSOs, supports the Ministry of Public Health in advocating for Universal Health Coverage, domestic resource mobilisation, increase of the healthcare sector budget and improvement of health service delivery.

The Afghan Ministry of Public Health applies a performance-based contracting-out modality, by the name of Sehatmandi (a Persian word meaning healthiness), which provides quality health, nutrition, and family planning services across Afghanistan. Local and international NGOs have been selected for the management of comprehensive packages of basic healthcare and essential hospital services, following a bid process.

The World Bank and other donors so far have been reluctant to release their financial support to the Taliban interim-government that has not been recognised internationally yet. The immediate effects are severe shortages in funding and medicines, which threaten the continued provision of essential healthcare services. In the worst-case scenario, only a limited number of selected facilities will stay afloat.

Despite the unfolding crisis, Cordaid manages to maintain a working relationship with the Ministry of Public Health.

In tackling the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we strengthen the capacity of oxygen plants, support laboratories, raise awareness, distribute hygiene kits, and undertake activities to mitigate the spread of the virus. Cordaid works with Aga Khan Foundation and the European Union in a range of provinces. Funding from the Dutch SHO and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation complement these efforts.  With our expertise and track record in vaccine distribution, we work to support the vaccination of a large number of adults in Afghanistan.

Humanitarian aid

Key results 2021 (January – September 2021):

  • 29,504 people received cash assistance for food
  • 25,906 people received support for winterisation
  • 8,685 people benefited from multi-purpose cash assistance
  • 1177 people supported to access basic, safe, and dignified shelter
  • 1027 people supported to access safe and sustainable drinking water

For decades, Afghanistan has been facing a complex and protracted humanitarian crisis. According to the projections in Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) conducted in October 2021, more than 22.8 million people (55% of the population) will be food insecure between November 2021 and March 2022. This crisis is likely to deteriorate to unprecedented levels due to the take-over of power by the new administration, the Taliban.

To address the needs of the most vulnerable people, including women, children, elderly, disabled and chronically ill people, Cordaid is providing needs-based emergency and early recovery assistance to those affected by conflict or natural disasters, including internally displaced people and returnees. We aim to reduce the vulnerability of affected people through the provision of food and short-term livelihood support, shelter and non-food items, water and sanitation services and hygiene promotion and multi-purpose cash transfers. Because of the current crisis, we currently also provide emergency healthcare services.

In the delivery of principled humanitarian assistance Cordaid adheres to the Core Humanitarian and SPHERE standards, where protection, gender and disability are mainstreamed as crosscutting themes in all activities. As part of our commitment to the Grand Bargain, we implement projects in seven provinces jointly with local partners.

Private sector development

Key results 2021 (January – September 2021):

  • 80 young jobseekers received job skills training 
  • 45 young entrepreneurs were trained on starting a business 
  • 100 small and medium enterprise owners and youth received legal training 
  • 67 small and medium enterprises were supported with business development services. 

Cordaid supports Afghanistan’s private sector by promoting a stimulating and sustainable environment for businesses and by empowering job seekers to successfully enter the job market. Our projects allow educated urban youth to find jobs, develop start-ups or expand their existing businesses. We also support small and medium enterprises with a focus on internally displaced people and returnees to improve their business performance.