Afghanistan

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.

 

10/9/18

Signs of hope in war-torn Afghanistan

The barricaded compounds, innumerable security checks and corner-by-corner police presence are constant reminders of the violence that the people of Afghanistan live with every day. So it would be easy to grow pessimistic about the future of the country.

8/15/18

Syria tops the list of deadliest places for aid workers for the second consecutive year

GENEVA (August 15, 2018) -  Syria tops the list of deadliest places to be an aid worker for the second year in a row, an analysis by the poverty-fighting organization CARE has found.

2/2/18

What Trump Didn’t Say About Afghanistan In His State of the Union Address

In America’s longest recent State of the Union Address, President Trump devoted just 34 words to America’s longest war – the conflict in Afghanistan. He talked exclusively in military terms. I wish the President had found a few more words to avoid an ominous omission.

12/12/17

CARE Hosts Global Leaders Network Reception, Honors Girls’ Education in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (Dec. 12, 2017) – The global poverty-fighting organization CARE will host a reception this evening in the nation’s capital to honor the progress made toward girls’ education in Afghanistan, where CARE has worked since 1961.

10/16/17

Signs of hope in war-torn Afghanistan

The barricaded compounds, innumerable security checks and corner-by-corner police presence are constant reminders of the violence that the people of Afghanistan live with every day. So it would be easy to grow pessimistic about the future of the country.

10/11/17

VICE Impact: These Humanitarians Want To End Gender Inequality in Afghanistan

Michelle Nunn, CARE President and CEO, recently traveled to Afghanistan to visit CARE's women's empowerment programs in the war-torn country. She sat down with VICE Impact for an interview upon her return.

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