ActionAid Afghanistan is driven by the human rights based organizational ethics as outlined in the ActionAid International strategy paper (2012-2017).
We work primarily with women, children and youth, marginal farmers and landless laborers from our areas of operation, who form our primary rights holders. Among them, adolescent girls, people with disabilities, victims of violence against women and aged are more vulnerable and thus will be the focus of our attention.
The approach emphasizes on respecting, promoting, protecting and fulfilling the rights by giving enabling environment to claim their rights and bringing positive changes in the lives of the people.
- We shall be predominantly working with women to ensure that their rights are understood by all, enhanced and protected, that their voices can be heard, and that they are able to access some form of justice that is fair and equitable.
- We will invest in women’s rights as a contribution towards repairing the huge gender imbalance in power, structure, access, autonomy, and justice, concerns that are at the very root of women’s poverty.
- The PRA puts emphasis on local knowledge and enables local people to carry out their own appraisal, analysis and planning. This method uses group animation and exercises to facilitate information sharing, analysis and action amongst stakeholders.
- REFLECT is a participatory approach and one of the powerful tool to empowering women in community level. Key to the approach is creating a space where women feel comfortable to meet and discuss on pertinent issues with the aim to strengthen them to bring the positive change in their lives. AAA started practicing REFLECT since last 5 years and this is widely recognized and respected for its impact.
- We visit existing policy provisions and analyzing them to ensure alignment with the human rights framework will be taken up through our campaigns.
- We work with partner organisations, communities and women to develop policy research and advocacy strategies across various initiatives.
- We seek to strengthen the government so that it implements supportive and inclusive governance policies aimed to redistribute power and resources to enable all people to live with dignity and to share in the benefits of peace and development.
- We meet primary needs as a way to our rights based programming, thereby infusing confidence among our rights holders to seek and claim their rights from duty bearers, so as to mitigate future risks to their lives and livelihoods.
- We investing in promoting leadership and voluntarism among youth through Activista to build youth leadership in our campaign for change.
- We seek to work in partnership where possible, and develop mutually beneficial relationships between organizations, where roles, responsibilities, and accountabilities are clearly defined.
- We believe that true partnerships are based on a shared visions and values regarding the objectives and purpose of the work undertaken together, along with shared contributions of resources, shared risks, and shared control of programme and financial information.
- Working in partnership is currently being reinforced. ActionAid Afghanistan can adopt both working in partnership and or as direct implementers depending upon needs of the situation, availability of the partners and risk factors associated with it.
- We engage with a variety of stakeholders including community based institutions, community development committees (CDCs), national and sub-national governments, civil society organizations, the UN and donors.
- We seek support of social and religious leaders, government officers and media, involving them in our efforts to challenge the unequal power dynamics that underlie the causes of poverty.
- We mobilise communities to develop networks, building new alliances but never taking for granted giving respect to traditional existing networks which are often side-lined by NGOs.