Programme areas and target groups

  • Northern Afghanistan: Jawzjan, Sar-e Pul and Balkh provinces
  • Central Afghanistan: Kabul area and Nangarhar province
  • Southern Afghanistan: Uruzgan and Zabul provinces

In Afghanistan, we work with several target groups: returnees, internally displaced persons and host populations.

  • Food security & Livelihoods
  • WASH
  • Peacebuilding
  • Shelter

What we do

ZOA has been working in Afghanistan since 2000. The situation in Afghanistan is constantly changing. Ongoing insecurity limits access to project locations and makes it difficult to anticipate the needs.

Classrooms, latrines and water

In 2018, thousands of people within the province Nangarhar became displaced due to fighting. With the more than 600,000 people that returned from Pakistan during the last two years these numbers put pressure on the hospitality of the host population and the capacity of basic services. ZOA supports communities with construction of water wells. We built new classrooms for schools, combined with latrines and water wells. In Uruzgan and Zabul, we also work in  water- and sanitation both in communities and in schools.

Self Help Groups for Women

In two urban areas, we have been supporting some 150 Self Help Groups for women. The women meet weekly to save money, arrange loans for income generating activities and discuss social issues. They are now contributing to the family income, which gains them more respect from their husbands.

We work closely together with the local Community Development Councils, and our contribution is highly appreciated.

Community Development Councils

In 2018, Afghanistan suffered from a severe drought. ZOA assisted affected families with cash-for-food distribution. At the same time we are training farmers in techniques to increase the wheat production.

We work closely together with the local Community Development Councils, and ZOA’s contribution is highly appreciated. A total of 120 villages in the Sar-e Pul province were officially announced open defecation free after applying the Community Led Total Sanitation approach. Though progress comes in small steps, successes like these certainly are signs of hope in a difficult setting.

Donors and partners

With funding from

Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs , USAID, UNICEF, CHF/UNOCHA and ZOA Netherlands.

In cooperation with

We implement projects with our own team and through local partners. We cooperate with SHPOUL, Sanayee Development Organisation (SDO), Dutch Relief Alliance-partners and the Community Development Councils.