Afghan Development Association (ADA) is a non-governmental, non-profit and non-political organization. It promotes and provides development and humanitarian services to the people of Afghanistan, in particular to the country’s rural population.

ADA was established in 1990 with a mission to provide emergency aid and humanitarian assistance to Afghan refugees in Pakistan. ADA now operates solely in Afghanistan and over the years it has transformed itself into the one of Afghanistan’s foremost development NGOs, although it continues to respond to natural and conflict-related emergencies in the country. ADA endeavors to reach the most disadvantaged groups in Afghan society often under very difficult circumstances. Among those with whom ADA works are: farmers, poor families, women, the unemployed and the uneducated, returning refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) as well as a variety of community-based organizations.

With the ultimate goal of the eradication of poverty from Afghanistan, ADA has increasingly focused its interventions on contributing to more productive and sustainable livelihoods, particularly within the agricultural sector, and on strengthening basic education. Understanding that resolving conflicts at all levels of society is a prerequisite to successful development in Afghanistan, ADA has, in recent years, come to include community peacebuilding as a further focus of its activities.

In order to promote long-term sustainable development at the community level, ADA employs a holistic and strongly people-centered approach in delivering projects. This means working across sectors with all community stakeholders, while prioritizing the rights and needs of the poor. It also means strengthening the participation of our target groups in the planning, implementation and monitoring of ADA’s projects and the promotion of local ownership of both the development process and results. In order to maximise impact and scope, we also make full use of national NGO networks and will work in partnership with other NGOs to create added value. ADA is a member of ANCB (Afghan NGOs Coordination Bureau) and is also a long-standing member of ACBAR (Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief and Development) and its steering committee.

Current Footprint/Geographical Coverage:

Currently, ADA is implementing projects in various aspects of livelihoods strengthening, non-formal education, and community peacebuilding in the provinces of: Kabul, Takhar, Kunduz, Jawzjan, Faryab, Daikundi, Zabul, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Laghman, Kunar and Herat Provinces.

Registration:       Ministry of Economy (MoEc), GIRoA (Registration No. 105)

Membership:     ACBAR and ANCB



A prosperous and peaceful Afghanistan where citizens enjoy equal opportunities and receive the just benefits of development.


ADA’s mission is to enable disadvantaged rural communities to determine their own development and enhance their livelihoods by delivering projects which strengthen participation, self-reliance and resilience.


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