Afghanistan Community Development - Summary of Impact

Future Generations Afghanistan, based in Kabul, began working in Afghanistan 2002 to promote community development solutions that are shaped and sustained by local people. In 2005, the organization was registered with the Afghanistan Ministry of Economy.

The organization builds the resourcefulness of Afghan communities, enabling them to build upon successes and partner with government for a more secure, equitable, and sustainable future.

Although the grant cycles of many of our programs have closed, our empowerment and skills training has increased the capacity of community volunteers, including Afghan women community health workers and members of community development committees, to continue building a better future for Afghanistan.

Here is a list of our major community development programs and achievements.

Community Development in Afghanistan - Major Programs and Achievements





2002-2004Private PhilanthropistsMosque-based Literacy

Ghazni Province, Jaghori District

Dai Kundi province

Impact Summary: The community development priority in Jaghori was literacy for Afghan women. They started literacy classes in their mosques and selected a local woman to be the teacher. In two years, the idea spread to more than 400 communities, teaching approximately 12,000 Afghan women and girls.


Private Philanthropists

Future Generations Canada

Compton Foundation

Local Governance and Reintegration of Ex-CombatantsBamyan Province, Shahidan Valley

Impact Summary: In 2002, Future Generations Afghanistan began working with young ex-combatants in the Shahidan Valley of Bamyan Province. We faciliated shuras (village councils) among 72 villages to develop workplans for local priorities, including literacy for adults, schools for children, reforestation, and conflict prevention. Today, village councils in the Shahidan Valley coordinate on larger projects and problem solving through the central Shahidan Shura. Approximately 500 ex-combatants have been involved in local governance and workplan projects. This work continues to be supported by Future Generations Canada. A case study on the role of this project in reintegrating ex-combatants is available <here>

The Pregnancy History Approach: Empowerment Training and Family Health Action Groups for Community Health Workers to improve maternal and child health.

Bamyan Province, Yakawlang Valley 

Ghazni Province, Patoo

Impact Summary: Future Generations Afghanistan, with Dr. Shukria Hassan and Dr. Carl E. Taylor, piloted a new approach to training and empowering Afghan women as community health workers. Known as the pregnancy history approach, volunteer community health workers learned skills through sharing stories and lessons of their own pregnancies. In their own villages, CHWs organized Family Health Action Groups to teach others and implement village-wide health projects. In 2008, an independent follow-up survey by Johns Hopkins University verified that the program had reduced child mortality by 46 percent and that the CHWs continued their service on a volunteer basis for two years following any visits or involvement from Future Generations. In 2011, the Afghanistan Ministry of Health has expanded the Family Health Action Group model to support the ongoing efforts of community health workers in nine provinces.

 2005-2006Management Sciences in Health
Learning for Life Skills
Bamyan Province,
Yakawlang Province
Impact Summary: This nine-month accelerated literacy course integrated a health curriculum that prepared and qualified 500 women for further training as midwives or community health workers.

2005-2006MRRD: WatSan

Baglan Women Awareness and Hygiene Promotion  

Baglan Province, e-Markazi District
Impact Summary: This project trained 50 women as village hygiene promoters and improved hygiene and sanitation within 1500 families through increased awareness and better health and hygiene practices in the home.

2007Sunshine Lady Foundation

Deh Khodiadad:A Self-Help Community


Impact Summary: Deh Khodiadad, a multi-ethnic resettlement community on the outskirts of Kabul with 100,000 people, has learned new skills to shape its future. With support from Future Generations Afghanistan, the Deh Khodiadad shura (council) conducted a community household survey to better assess local needs, constructed three learning centers with solar lighting for evening classes, started income generation projects, and formed two committees for women's affairs and youth. In partnership with government agencies, the shura implemented a Water and Sanitation project to construct 30 hand pump wells and 200 septic systems.

2007-2008Development Alternatives Inc.
Local Governance and Community Development Program
Ghazni, Uruzgan, and Zabul Provinces

Impact Summary: This project increased local capacity for governance by involving 365 community action groups in the planning and management of 933 home- and mosque-based literacy and health courses for more than 25,000 beneficiaries (71% women), 238 football (soccer) teams, agricultural workshops, and vocational training programs for 1,785 women.

Future Generations offered communities a suite of activities; literacy courses, home health training, youth and sports activities, agriculture workshops, and life skill development (vocational training) to meet their own community priorities. While the majority of beneficiaries were women, Future Generations did not restrict its offerings to women. By allowing communities to set their own priorities, and to allow them to decide what was socially acceptable to them, communities felt empowered and in control of the project.

2008-2011Afghan Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD)
National Solidarity Program

Nangarhar Province, Khogyani District

Ghazni Province, Waghaz, Zana Khan and Ander Districts

Impact Summary (project is underway): As an implementing partner of the Afghan government's National Solidarity Program (NSP), Future Generations facilitates the establishment and empowerment of community development councils (CDCs). Each council develops community development plans for their own villages, opens local bank accounts, and implements block grant projects based on local priorities. To date, Future Generations Afghanistan has graduated 35 CDCs and currently trains 159 CDCs in Khogyani District of Nangarhar Province. Block grant projects are underway in 40 communities in Waghaz District in Nangarhar.

Flora Family Foundation

Canada Fund

Learning for Life Skills Centres: An Integrated Approach to Women’s Equity and EmpowermentGhazni Province, Malistan and Qarabagh Districts

Impact Summary: In partnership with the Afghanistan Ministry of Education, this project organized community action groups to establish and monitor 50 literacy classes for more than 1,700 women and girls, whose education had indirect benefits upon entire families and up to 9,500 people.



U.S. Institute of Peace

Carnegie Corporation of New York

Engaging Community Resilience for Security, Development, and Peace in AfghanistanNational
Impact Summary (Project Underway): This collaborative action learning project of the Future Generations Graduate School and Future Generations Afghanistan, implemented in coordination with an Afghan steering commitee, seeks to identify and learn from resilient Afghan communities that have maintained their security and development needs in the midst of conflict.

2011-2013JICA: Japanese International Cooperation Agency

The Community Development Project for Returnees and Receiving Communities in Nangarhar Province (NRRC)

Nangarhar Province, Surkhrod and Behsud Districts

Impact Summary (Project underway): Future Generations Afghanistan partners with 67 Community Development Councils (CDCs) to empower them to improve the living environment of returnees and receiving communities. This project builds local capacity and creates a conducive environment for implementing basic infrastructure projects at the community level. The project involves returnees and their host communities in identifying and selecting infrastructure projects that meet local priorities and improve living conditions. Such projects will improve agricultural outputs, improve health care, or increase access to educational opportunities.

 2011U.S. Department of State
Enhance Rural Education and Leadership Development (through horticultural training for youth)
Nangarhar Province, Khogyani District
Impact Summary (Project underway): Three High Schools in Khogyani District of Nangarhar Province are opening new horticultural training centers to stimulate economic options for youth. Youth will learn skills in planning, planting, and managing tree orchards and will also study the benefits of horticulture for the region’s environment and economy. Each high school partners with local farmers and governments to plan, design, and manage their horticultural training centers.