About Us

Afghan Action's Mission and Vision

Our Mission

To help develop good jobs, sustainable businesses and fair markets in Afghanistan – with a particular commitment to reach and serve young men and women from the poorest backgrounds and circumstances - in order to address poverty, promote stability and encourage a lasting peace.

Our Vision

Local jobs and business enterprises are the vital building blocks of stability. Owning or playing a part in small business gives people a stake in the community, creates employment, fights poverty, and encourages aspiration.
Afghan Action’s main activity is to work through its Afghan partners in developing a network of Training & Business Incubation Centres across Afghanistan.
Afghan Action’s main role in the UK is to provide its support through fundraising, setting up infrastructure and supporting teaching/training programmes in Afghanistan, monitoring success and reporting back to major sponsors.


Our Role

In Afghanistan
  • Sustain an office in Kabul
  • Run the Training & Business Incubation Centre in Kabul, centred around carpet weaving and tailoring
  • Research areas and products/services for developing new Training & Business Incubation Centres with high quality standards and aspirations
  • Set up Centres in new locations, identified through research and, where appropriate, linking with existing secondary schools
  • Identify and work with partners as appropriate
  • Recruit, train and support teaching/training staff and trainees, ensuring excellent vocational and academic standards are achieved and maintained
  • Incubate new businesses as a key aspect of the work
  • Design suitable course content for a 12 month programme for all trainees
  • Develop markets for Afghan products
In UK
  • Raise funds – to support our sister organisations and assist through micro financing new enterprises
  • Promote awareness and therefore a strong fund raising environment
  • Provide technical support as necessary to sister organisations
  • Research areas and products/services for developing new work
  • Develop ICT training and development

Why Invest with Us

1
Think globally, act locally

International policymakers are now focusing on building up grassroots organisations and state institutions in Afghanistan, as the best way to ensure stability. At Afghan Action we, too, believe that local jobs and business enterprises are the vital building blocks of stability. Owning or playing a part in small business gives people a stake in the community, creates employment, fights poverty, and encourages aspiration.

2
It’s the economy

While Afghanistan faces an uncertain political future, its economy is performing well, with steady year on year GDP growth, untapped natural resources and a burgeoning private sector. Afghanistan’s ancient Silk Road was at the heart of global trade; international policymakers are now focusing on reviving this trade route, opening up a welter of business opportunities in post-Taliban Afghanistan. At the same time, over $42bn of international aid has been given to Afghanistan since 2001. Afghan Action’s training programme aims to help young Afghans help themselves, with the hope that the next generation of Afghans is less dependent on foreign assistance.

3
Our trainees

Most of our young trainees have known nothing but extreme poverty and conflict. Many are their family’s sole means of economic support. Through our Training and Business Incubation Centre, Afghan Action works to foster the talent and determination of our young trainees and develop the next generation of Afghan entrepreneurs. We believe our parallel education programme also fills a gap in the market. While the number of primary school graduates has increased six-fold since 2001, take up at secondary school and college level is less advanced. Our trainees are taught highly sought-after skills in English, ICT and business skills, opening up a raft of employment opportunities.


What we need

International policymakers are now focusing on building up grassroots organisations and state institutions in Afghanistan, as the best way to ensure stability. At Afghan Action we, too, believe that local jobs and business enterprises are the vital building blocks of stability. Owning or playing a part in small business gives people a stake in the community, creates employment, fights poverty, and encourages aspiration.



Our Team

  • Board of Trustee, United Kingdom

    Shukrullah Ludin

  • Chair, London, United Kingdom

    Victoria Buyer

    Victoria has proven commercial and operational success.
  • Chief Executive Officer, United Kingdom

    Zainab Homam

    Zainab Homam BSc /PgCert/ CIPD Zainab Homam started working as an advocate with Afgahn Action back in 2010. During her work w
  • Senior Manager, Afghanistan

    Samim Faizy

    Samim Faizy is the Senior manager at Afghan Action. He started working with Afghan Action back in 2009 .
  • Software Engineer, United Kingdom

    Yama Mujadidi

    Experienced Software Engineer with extensive knowledge and skill of Project Managemen
  • Board of Trustee, United Kingdom

    Chris Beales

    Chris Beales set up Afghan Action in 2005 and has been its Chief Executive until summer 2014.
  • Board of Trustee, United Kingdom

    Erol Soyer

  • Board of Trustee, United Kingdom

    Daniel Milford

    Daniel Milford is a UK Paramedic who has an interest in remote and offshore medicine.
  • Board of Trustee, United Kingdom

    Sarajuddin Isar

    Sarajuddin Isar is a Political Economy Researcher with extensive experience in banking, finance and international development.
  • Elrayah Hammad Kakki

  • Trustee

    Kaye Homam

    Kaye Homam has recently joined the Afghan Action team as a trustee member.