1. Rural Livelihoods

1.1 Strategic Objective

Unemployed men, women and youth have secured entrepreneurial opportunities and sustainable employment

To do this we will:

-        Assist the unemployed, but women in particular, to establish their own self-help and income-generating groups (CBOs).

-        Provide individuals and self-help group members business training and advice for establishing and managing their own enterprises, including value chain  development.

-        Make vocational skills training available to the unemployed in the community, particularly women and youth, and new businesses.

-        Provide job seekers (mainly youth) with training in looking for jobs and making job applications.

-        Identify micro-credit institutions and any other sources of business finance relevant to our target groups and link individuals and new businesses to them

-        Facilitate linkages between CBOs and new businesses, with the markets and other relevant businesses, associations, and capacity building organizations.

-        Lead an advocacy campaign in cooperation with international donors and partners, and other Afghan NGOs for the development and adoption of a national inclusive employment policy for promoting job creation in general, but particularly for women.

1.2 Strategic Objective

Men and women farmers have diversified and increased their income

To do this we will:

-        Assist local farmers to organize in groups – farmers cooperatives and livestock associations and provide trainings and practical advice for their organizational development and for all aspects of business management;

-        Provide cooperative and association members with technical trainings to introduce standard and up-to-date farming and husbandry practices and standards;

-        Provide farmers with inputs such as seed and fertilizer, to increase production and new tools and machinery to modernize techniques and increase mechanization.

-        Rehabilitate irrigation structures to raise production and increase the efficiency of water management;

-        Provide cooperatives and associations training in value chain development and facilitate linkages between them and markets.

2. Informal Education and Support to Schools

2.1 Strategic Objective

All those in our target communities who have missed out on formal education have achieved basic literacy and received general education.

To do this we will:

-        Provide courses in accelerated learning to children who have missed out on formal education;

-        Provide literacy courses to illiterate adults (men and women) in the community

2.2 Strategic Objective

Schools in our target communities are receiving effective support for the delivery of quality education.

To do this we will:

-        Promote quality education, particularly for girls, among parents and community leaders in order to raise demand and support for increased and better education

-        Where local education governing bodies do not exist, we will work with local authorities to assist community leaders, school administrators, teachers and parents to establish community education committees (CECs) and school management committees (SMCs) to provide community-led governance for local-level education.

-        Provide CECs and SMCs training and other assistance to enable them to carry out their duties, such as draw up a school improvement plan, or participate in school management.

-        Mobilize teachers and school administrators to voice their demands for adequate school equipment, stationary including text books, a better school environment, and better pay.

-        Collaborate with government in providing updated teacher training courses to students and in-service training to teachers

-        Provide trainings in school management to school administrators, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education

-        Advocate in collaboration with national civil society and key education actors for the full implementation of national education policy, including the National Education Strategic Plan (NESP) 2017-2021, with appropriate budget allocations for primary education in rural communities.

 

3. Community Peacebuilding

3.1 Strategic Objective

Local peace mechanisms are in place and are actively resolving community conflicts and seeking ways to reintegrate returnees and IDPs

To do this we will:

-        Facilitate the establishment of community-based peace shuras

-        Provide trainings to shura members on peacebuilding, conflict resolution, human rights, gender, and action plan development;

-        Facilitate peace shuras to carry out conflict analyses and to develop community action plans

-        Establish linkages between community-based peace shuras and provincial and national peace structures and actors

-        In alliance with local and international partners and other peacebuilding NGOs, conduct advocacy for the development of a national peacebuilding policy which addresses local conflicts and community peacebuilding.

3.2 Strategic Objective

Marginalized groups are empowered to participate in peacebuilding processes in our target communities

To do this we will:

-        Carry out awareness raising campaigns on human rights and gender, targeting youth and women, in particular;

-        Facilitate dialogue sessions with community elders on the subject of the right to participation and the inclusion of marginalized groups, including women and youth, in local peace processes;

-        Facilitate and support the inclusion of marginalized people in peace shuras

-        Provide trainings on peace building and conflict resolution, and functional literacy courses to marginalized groups, both individuals and their organizations.