Introduction to CEN

From a one wheel humanitarian organization to multi-wheel humanitarian and development organization:

As a matter of fact that the civil society has been playing an important role in the imposed war on Afghanistan, catastrophe and crisis since its inception soon after the fail invasion of former USSR red army. Since then the NGOs played different strategic roles that suited the needs of the time for the needy people of Afghanistan.

Dr. Mohammad Naeem Salimee
Chairman of CEN

CoAR was established in the September of 1989 where the last flames of fighting between the communists and Mujahedeen were still going on, in the southern district of Moqur in Ghazni province.

CoAR started its preliminary work assisting agricultural and engineering structures, basic health, education, emergency, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and relief programs in the central provinces of Ghazni, Wardak and Logar. It’s worth mentioning that during the previous years CoAR was able to manage all its given tasks and humanitarian mandates in a responsible manner, but still things could be more better by giving hands together and networking with like-minded actors and the society and communities to work with.

Therefore, in 2008 coordination of Afghan Relief (CoAR), Organization for Sustainable Development and Research (OSDR), and Skills Training and Rehabilitation Society (STARS) took the initiative of establishing a working of establishing a working network. The move came to make the relationship between these organizations more systematic and formal after cooperating with each other in different areas proved to be more productive.

Furthermore, the initiative of which states that is directly in line with the Afghanistan NGOs Law, Article 9.

Non-governmental organizations can enter into partnership and networks to improve, expand or implement their activities and projects. Also the current trends and the need for reconstruction of Afghanistan lend sufficient justification.

In 2010 two NGOs namely ECW and HF and in 2013 AREA and APWO succeeded to join CEN. In addition Gorbat Radio & TV, CAHPO, AUTEO, ASHNA and Sharq Institute of Higher Education (SIHE) joined the CEN (Civil society Empowerment Network). The total number of CEN (Civil society Empowerment Network) members is increasing gradually in fact the members of CEN do not intent to rapidly expand the network in order to maintain the quality and commitment in CEN’s future perspectives.

CEN Members Meeting

The Civil society Empowerment Network (CEN) is a net where NGOs discusses issues of the country and region particularly on the situation of peace and development.

The second issue for CEN is the empowerment of civil society and contributing to strengthening the capacity of CEN members anticipatedly analyze, prevent and respond to threats to the stability and human development posed by violent conflict and crisis in Afghanistan. The CEN membership geographically and thematically helped the CEN organization to reach to all the remote areas and contribute to information dissemination in the country.

This is indisputable fact that CSOs has an important role to play in driving change and innovation in democracy for sustainable development, CEN members are operating on bases of networking, skill development and advocacy and interventions at community level for mobilization and community’s empowerment, our strategic interventions will be to provide support to the civil society organization by strengthening the capacities of their organization and the quality of their programs.

This is based on genuine reflection on the nature, roles, achievements, failures, challenges and opportunities found within the sector and that developing and strengthening organizational and technical capacity will maximize the potential within the sector to provide the needed leadership responsive to the promotion of the common good. Our interventions for the next five years will provide the network for effective implementation, scaling up and collective action. By clearly identifying our positions, we intend to focus our activities on the strategy developed for strategic plan (Securing sustainable development and human dignity Strategic Plan CEN 2012-2017 Arne Strand October 2012).

The non-profit sector is facing demanding social challenges, increasing competition, duplication and isolation all these amidst little building stronger and value based partnership we hope to achieve that which we cannot achieve on our own,

We propose to enhance networking as a strategy to strengthen institutional and poverty based interventions. This will help in providing connections and build critical thinking across the various sector. Of particular interest at time of scarce travel funds will be the use of existing organizations and formed networks as entry points for holding multi-meetings on related issues.

We propose to strengthen our relationship with the government for join programme development and effective coordination. Improve collaboration and strengthen linkages among the member to enable mutual learning and increase programme quality promote networking with local/urban based organization for scaling up and impact. Support and strengthen local structures for easy administration of members’ activities in the region.

Aid to Afghanistan is decreasing and there has been a drop in the amount of money given to civil society organization.

This has opened up many threats and even opportunities for the sector.

CSOs have to master the ability to manage scarce resources better as they are currently operating in a competitive market.

This calls for across sectorial collaboration with her government, private sectors and our development partners as well as staff development through training on how to mobilize local resources and build autonomous relationship with these resource centers.

We therefore propose to do the following:

Cultivating relationships with the government and private sectors to expand the resource base thus ensuring the future sustainability and stability of our humanitarian and development work, Assume a leadership role on behalf of the members, by becoming an ivaluable source of information.

Provide capacity building opportunities on different techniques for resource mobilization strengthen member’s communication and marketing skills leading to better image profiling.

With increasing number of membership CEN is thinking of facilitating a networking platform among the existing networks in Afghanistan in order to build sustainable partnership and better incorporate the efforts being made by the civil society and other likeminded actors in Afghanistan.

Dr. Mohammad Naeem Salimee

Chairman of CEN

(Civil society Empowerment Network)