ADA is a Non-Government, Non-Profit and Non-Political Organization. It promotes and provides Development and Humanitarian related services to the people of Afghanistan. Since its inception in 1990, ADA has provided assistance in a myriad of sectors to the most poverty-stricken communities across Afghanistan. In the course of its operations, ADA has brought hope and optimism to communities, through provision of basic services, resettlement of returning refugees, internally displaced persons, and introduction of integrated rural development programs, education and capacity building. With a strong focus on people centered approach, ADA has a participatory planning process with a mission to strengthen and enrich the lives of the poor, with the ultimate goal of eradication of poverty from Afghanistan. Too often, services fail poor people, in access, quantity and in quality. Realizing this, ADA’s primary goal is to improve service provision by making it people-centric. ADA is highly sensitive to communal and individual differences; and ADA strives to pay the outmost respect to the communities it aims to serve. Transparency, accountability and efficiency are the driving factors when delivering goods and services to the people of Afghanistan.
ADA endeavors to reach the most disadvantaged groups in Afghan society, often under very difficult circumstances. ADA has provided much needed assistance to the most susceptible and marginalized groups including returning refugees, internally displaced persons, poor families, women, the unemployed, the uneducated as well as to community based organizations. Particular attention is also given to the agricultural sector and rural activities that can contribute to more productive and sustainable livelihoods at the grass-roots level. ADA has classified its objectives as current, short term and medium to long term, depending on different programs and strategies (please refer to ADA’s Five Year Strategic Plan). ADA has long standing relationships with its target communities. It is operational in geographic regions where insecurity has kept most of the development organizations away. ADA enjoys respect and trust of communities in these areas. It strongly believes in long term sustainable development of its target areas for the communities to become increasingly self-reliant and economically stable. In doing so ADA believes in community empowerment through capacity building to decide and design for themselves development interventions which have a lasting effect on the area. ADA has a specific methodology for its development work, where the communities are at center of all activities throughout project life cycle. In view of its vision and mission ADA exists for bringing positive and sustainable changes in lives of the target people. In addition to local communities, ADA also realizes the importance of local government departments, private sector and partner organizations to be involved in the development cycle to ensure sustainability and widespread benefits.
ADA believes that women, youth, disabled and the marginalized and disadvantaged people are key factors when building and furthering the development of communities across Afghanistan. Hence, ADA has developed several programs that are people centered, participatory and invlove broad participation of key stakeholders including women, the youth and the disabeled.