Afghan Action's Mission and Vision
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.
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.
- 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
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.
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.