Afghan Development Association (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. Too often; services fail to reach 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. ADA has been setting the building blocks and formulating and implementing development projects that tackle deep-rooted socio-economic, institutional, and other structural causes that underlie immediate symptoms of conflict at the local levels. Transparency, accountability and efficiency are the driving factors when delivering services and goods to the people of Afghanistan.
ADA believes that women, youth, disabled, the marginalized and disadvantaged people are the key factors when building and furthering the development of communities across Afghanistan. Hence, ADA has developed several programs that are people centered, participatory and involve broad participation of key stakeholders including women, youth and the disabeled.
ADA is one of Afghanistan’s largest NGO focused on promoting long-term sustainable development. From the get-go ADA was keen on identifying outstanding employees, developing their leadership potential through innovative training programs and works with them to mobilize others to make a real difference to the future of Afghanistan. Through its training and development programs, over the years, ADA has empowered its employees and equipped them with the skills and knowledge needed to be effective agents of change. These self-empowering initiatives combined with our national presence, which enables us to undertake large development projects. ADA has been developing projects in concert with partners from both the private and public sectors to heighten its impact in sustainable development. ADA works with its partners to carry out local based activities, partner in projects and research, and provides insights and local knowledge on consultations and multi-stakeholder dialogues.
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 the view of its vision and mission ADA exists for bringing about positive and sustainable changes in the lives of 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.