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What Is the Situation in Afghanistan? 

Poverty is deeply entrenched in Afghanistan. This situation can be attributed in part to the country’s physical isolation, rugged terrain and often-harsh climate; to underlying cultural norms, especially with regards to the rights of women; and to its recurring history of conflict, insecurity and outside interference. Afghanistan’s poverty profile is further shaped by marked disparities between urban and rural areas, sustained population growth, extremely low levels of female participation in the work force and the overwhelming prevalence of vulnerable forms of employment in informal and low productivity jobs. 

Afghanistan remains one of the most dangerous and most violent, crisis-ridden countries in the world. There is persistent deepening and geographic spread of conflict. There are also regular violations of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.


What Is CARE Doing? 

CARE first established its mission in Afghanistan in 1961, but suspended activities after the Russian invasion of 1979. Resuming activities in 1989 from a new base in Peshawar, Pakistan, CARE delivered assistance to Afghanistan from across the border until 2002 when it shifted its main office back to Kabul. 

CARE Afghanistan has developed three programs: 

  • Women's & Girls Empowerment
  • Enhanced Resilience 
  • Humanitarian Action

Each program sets out to contribute to significant and lasting change for socially and economically vulnerable women and girls who are lacking access to essential services. These programs focus largely on Sexual, Reproductive and Maternal Health, Food Security and Livelihoods, Women’s Economic Empowerment, Inclusive Governance, Education, and Emergency Response.


Latest News from Afghanistan

CARE Analysis: Vulnerable countries face 3 times the risk of COVID-19 exposure, yet have 6 times lower access to healthcare services

The work we do in Afghanistan

Sustainable Economies

We’ve worked with governments and communities to ensure sustainable food security for the world’s...

Women & Children in Emergencies

Women and girls often suffer the most during and after disaster and war.

Girls' Education

The majority of the 57 million children out of school are girls — their future is at risk.

Poverty & Social Justice

Everyone in the world has the right to a life free from poverty, violence and discrimination.

Maternal Health

Hundreds of thousands of women die in pregnancy and childbirth, mostly from preventable causes.


By failing to close the gender gap in agriculture, the world is paying dearly.