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Founding Member Message

Introduction to CEN

In Afghanistan the definition of civil society in the form of organizations and groups also includes shuras, jirgas, Community Development Councils and other traditional structures and representatives such as the ulemah or maliks. Due to traditionally weak structures It can be debated which actors should be included in the definition of civil society. Examples of civil society actors in Afghanistan include NGOs but also other social, ethnic, religious, women’s, youth, arts, trade unions, traditional, tribal or clan groups, and others that are active in promoting a given cause these different organizations have been a vibrant side of Afghanistan’s governance relations and have continued to play an important role influencing government and its decision-making.

Following these assumptions, the expectations from establishing “Civil society Empowerment Network” CEN, are the following topics:

  • Role of civil society in political decision-making processes and government’s accountability;
  • Principal challenges and opportunities for civil society in keeping the government accountable, transparent and responsive to the needs of the population;
  • Strategies / recommendations towards an: Enhanced contribution of civil society in government decision making processes and strengthened accountability and transparency of the government.

Since especially civil society actors in the provinces play an important role as intermediary of the local population – but are not yet sufficiently integrated in the overall debate. The civil society has been playing an important role in the overall structure in Afghanistan since the catastrophe and crisis soon after the fail invasion of former USSRR red army.

Since then the NGOs played different strategic roles that suited the needs of the time for the needy people of Afghanistan.

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 an active 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. Read more…..

CEN Members 


Asian Local Leaders Organization for Humanitarian Aid (ALLOHA)
ALLOHA was established in April 2017, to advocate for humanity, registered as a national organization in Afghanistan, ALLOHA works with the following vision ,mission and objectives .
Vision  :

ALLOHA’s vision is to see resilient and dignified Asian lives.

Mission    :

Mission of ALLOHA is to make an effective contribution to empowering and resilience communities against all types of disasters with dignity, and to promote effective measures for local capacities mainly through media & Education.

Objectives :

  • Working with like minded Humanitarian organizations and contributing to fulfilling the WHS objectives set in 2016 in Istanbul Turkey and SFDRR-2015 Sendai Japan.
  • Working Nationally, regionally and globally by raising awareness, building solidarity and partnership for a better humanitarian action,
  • Working for establishment of National Humanitarian Database Centers (NHDC) in the country of operation and promoting Humanitarian researches,
  • Advocating for implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and educating youth to influencing and monitoring the Humanitarian laws, policies and practices of state and non-state actors, national and regional bodies and institutions.

Website :


Ayenda Organization on Rehabilitation and Social Services

Ayenda Organization on Rehabilitation and Social Services (AORSS) is a non-governmental, non-profit and non-political organization, established in 2016 engaged in multi-sector programs in the realms of Health, Education, rural community development, WASH and emergency response.


An Afghanistan free from poverty, violence and discrimination


Giving people power over their development and their lives


  1. 1. Health: Provision of basic health services, community awareness on women access to health facilities services and proper and safe hygiene practices
  2. 2. Education: Formal Education, Training & Capacity Building, Informal Education & Literacy, Accelerated Learning, Teachers Trainings, Health & Hygiene Education and Civic Education & Public Awareness
  3. Rural Livelihoods: Vocational Skills Training, Entrepreneurship & Business Development Support, Food Security & Nutrition and Market Assessment & Tracer Studies and Agriculture.
  4. WASH: access to sustainable sources of clean, safe water, access to improved and safe sanitation
  5. Governance: The programme will focus on elimination of violence against women, equal access of women in the society and promoting good governance so that corruption is mitigated and public awareness of Presidential and parliamentarian election.
  6. Emergency Response: Camp Management, Shelter & food and Non Food Items (F/NFI), Disaster & Risk Management and WASH.

Cluster member:

WASH, Nutrition, EiE and Health Cluster members

Website :


Afghan Public Welfare Organization
Afghan Public Welfare Organization (APWO) is non-Governmental, non-political and non-profitable established in 1989. The main aim of APWO is to serve the oppressed and needy people in Afghanistan and active Participation in reconstruction and development of the war-ton country Afghanistan, to achieve peace in Afghanistan through Community involvement.


Vision of APWO is to serve the oppressed and needy people in Afghanistan and active Participation in reconstruction and development of the war-ton country Afghanistan, to achieve peace in Afghanistan through Community involvement.


To create an environment in which men and women are able to improve their standards of living through equitable and sustainable use of resources.

Type of Activities:

  • Service delivery to the person of concern (Provision of Shelter to returnees, provision of potable water, education facilities, road rehabilitation for access of local people to market)
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of returnees and IDPs on behalf of UNHCR in remote areas.
  • Construction schools, clinics and other small infrastructure.
  • Relief, winterization programs
  • Water Supply
  • Agriculture and Road Rehabilitation.


Agency for Rehabilitation & Energy Conservation in Afghanistan
Agency for Rehabilitation & Energy conservation in Afghanistan (AREA) is established in 1991. It is a non-governmental, non-Political and non-for profit organization. AREA is trying to achieve peace through community ennoblement in Afghanistan and overall goal is to contribute towards rehabilitation and Development of Afghanistan in an environmentally sound manner.

AREA is going to establish a strong base through change in Behavior within target communities for and environmental Friendly and self-reliant rehabilitation and development.

AREA has a decentralized structure with offices in four different Geographical zones in Afghanistan. Well-equipped regional offices in Kabul, Herat, Balkh, Badakhshan and Nangarhar provinces along with sub-offices in Ghazni, Maidan Wardak ,parwan, samangan & Takhar provinces are responsible for carrying out projects/programs in these and their surrounding provinces.


AREA envisions the achievement of peace and stability in Afghanistan through enabling the communities, and believes that empowering communities at the grassroots level is the key to having a developed and prosperous Afghanistan


AREA’s overall goal is to contribute towards rehabilitation and development of Afghanistan in an environmentally sound manner

Type of Activities:

  • Agriculture Development
  • Community Development
  • Environment Protection (Alternative Technologies, Community base mine clearance)
  • Vocational Education Training
  • Emergency Relief Programs
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Access to Universal & Transparent Election Organization
AUTEO is an organization to create and maintain a culture of Transparency and national elections of all Afghan people and portray it to the world.
Mission :

The main purpose of the service Provider in field of citizens regardless of their political, ethnic, racial, linguistic, and for the following activities will be directed.

Type of Activities :

  • Capacity Building
  • Awareness training
  • Election


Citizens Organization for Advocacy and Resilience

Citizens Organization for Advocacy and Resilience (CoAR) is a national NGO stablished in September 1989. The organization started its Operation with emergency and relief program to the refugees in Pakistan and cross border services in Afghanistan in the field of Agriculture, Rural, Engineering, Livestock, Primary Health and Education. CoAR is the legally registered with MoEC THE IRoA Later in the early 2000 the organization expanded its activities to more than 20 provinces in Afghanistan in the field of

Agriculture, Rural Engineering, Education, Disaster Risk Reduction, Media and Capacity Building Programs.

CoAR is member of ACBAR, ANCB, AWN, and at the Regional level CoAR is member of Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN). CoAR is the member of HAP and CIVICUS, recently CoAR is the member of civil society Advisory Committee (CSAC) for UNDP.


A just and equitable society that embraces the rights of all people to fundamental freedom through participation and contribution in all spheres of social, cultural, economic and political life.


Strengthening and promoting of Humanitarian and development activities of the society through undertaking of varying projects and preparing grounds in which the people are empowered to improve their living standards.

Type of Activities :
CoAR is widely involved in both Humanitarian and development activities such as Emergency Response, Disaster Risk Reduction, Agriculture, Livestock, Health, Irrigation and WASH, Engineering, Formal and Informal Education, Vocational training, Evaluation & Monitoring etc.


Empowerment Center for Women
ECW was established with the aim of providing a resource to Afghan women and girls or help them to be empowered, economically independent, and socially active. ECW as a learning organization, since its establishment continuously developed and upgraded its operational and management Capacity to enable the organization to move towards realization of its vision and mission. ECW mission is to support the expansion of assets and capabilities of Afghan women to participate in, negotiate with influence, control, and hold accountable institutions those effect their lives.


To address the public and private perception, improve the non-governmental organization image, to contribute to the peace justice and environment justice/Disaster Risk Reduction, and to ensure that there is consistent understanding of the CSOs accountability before the community, through establishment of local radio/TV station , Gorbat FM radio has its essential importance to provide information and adequate awareness to all Afghan with the focus on Disaster Risk Reduction programs to increase public information about Risk Reduction women’s related issues particularly in marginalized areas to raise the right voice society activities these programs, we try to broadcast different programs according to the people interest.


Kabul Press Club

KPC has established in October 20014 KPC & received its operation license through the approved reference number from Ministry of Culture and Information. KPC always warmly welcome and open its doors for all national and international journalists.

To be the coordination center for the journalists in the country where they could get together and better coordinate their activities and conduct effective media collaboration with each other. KPC is also looking forward to attract the government attention toward its engagements throughout the country and seek a well know reputation in the future.

KPC helps to ease the distance among the people and government and release information on public issues. In addition, KPC facilitates the press conference as per the public and journalists demand to protect their rights.


·         Support journalists in provision of employment opportunities and introduce them to other media organizations
·         Facilitate all public, private institutions, individuals and social assemblies with conference arrangements and services.
·         Become a focal point for both government and journalists to ease the information flow among each other and help them avoid waste of time while visiting the line ministries.
·         Deliver capacity development programs to government officials in order to teach them how to behave with the journalists and collaborate to receive constructive information.
Deliver media awareness short term workshops and seminars to Afghan National Police both in Kabul and provinces to reduce the violence that journalists face every day from police side.


Organization for Humanitarian and Development

OHD was established and registered with Ministry of Economy on 20/03/2013 with having 2874 registration number .
Vision : 

A developed Afghanistan, with a strong civil society and good responsible governance, a country free from poverty, illiteracy and discrimination, where equitable access of all citizens to basic social services, social rights and information is provided, all rights and freedoms recognized by the national constitution and international conventions are fully respected and our cultural values and heritage are preserved.

Mission : 

OHD is a proactive player and a strong advocate in the rehabilitation, reconstruction and sustainable social and economic development of Afghanistan and in the promotion and strengthening of Afghan civil society as an active and vibrant force and partner in this process.

Fields of Activities : 

  • Active partner in SER for WFP in FSAC cluster,
  • protection of conflict IDPs, returnees;
  • Agriculture development
  • Community development
  • Health, Education , Nutrition and WASH intervention


Organization for Relief Development
(ORD) has been established on 1st January, 2003 subsequently after the general meeting held in Kabul, which was attended by highly professional and experienced Afghan activists.

ORD was established with an overall outlook of assisting the most vulnerable segments (individuals and groups) of communities, in rural, semi-urban and urban communities throughout Afghanistan.

Vision : Our vision is community empowerment, economic self-reliance and reduction of social vulnerabilities
Mission : To empower the community in collaboration with social society in order to implement multi-sector rehabilitation and development projects that foster self-reliance, self-sufficiency and relate the socio- economic conditions that promote peace and empower Afghans.


Organization of Poverty Reduction and Development
(OPRD) is Founded in 2015 by Afghan professionals, with several years of experience in community development, both from national and international institutions.

Our vision is the establishment of food secure and fair societies for deserving in which every individual enjoy their right to a life of dignity.


Our mission is working with destitute people to decimate poverty and improve access using right-based programmatic approach.

Fields of Activities:

  • Agricultural recovery and food security
  • Improved access to primary healthcare services
  • Social and economic infrastructure rehabilitation
  • Income generating activities
  • Women’s empowerment initiatives
  • Education (Conducting Trainings, Literacy programs, Establishment of Higher Education organization (Institutes and Schools)
  • Civil Society Development (Establishment of Media, Publicity networks for peace and reconstruction of Afghanistan).



Organization for Sustainable Development and Research
Organization for sustainable Development and Research (OSDR) is a non-governmental, non-political and non-profit organization created in 1987 by a group of sympathetic Afghans with aims for working in the field of survey, monitoring & evaluation, disaster risk management, sustainable development and agriculture, capacity building. OSDR mission is to provide policy and decision makers during, ongoing reconstruction, nation and state building processes with timely and reliable data and information for an informed decision and to develop indigenous human capacities to ensure future self-reliance and sustainable development.


Sharq Institute of higher Education

SIHE founded In 2010 by the decision of CEN members to further accomplish its strategic goals & to fulfill the needs of the contemporary world not only focusing on conventional education, but vocational and disaster related education which will be the main focus.
Vision : To create a sustainable society via social justice, fully educated society with the support of world- class faculty.
Mission :Sharq Institute of Higher Education enables each student to become broader in perspective, more literate, ethically more sensitive, and to participate and support wisely in the process of community resilience and DRR.
Field of Activity :

  • SIHE beside providing higher education, conducts Training, development and research which are the key areas of its operation. The goal is to move forward towards a civilized, educated and developed society with the objective of providing Afghanistan with professionals with higher ethical and humanitarian values.
  • To educate youth with humanitarian principles, resilient communities and DRR.


Skills Training and Rehabilitation Society

Skills Training and Rehabilitation Society (STARS) was established in 1997 to offer services to their extent needy people to the country, particularly women and children STARS is registered with the ministries of Economy, Education, Women’s Affairs and Agriculture at national and provincial level.
Since 2006, STARS is a member of Asian Disaster Reduction and response network (ADRRN).
Vision: To find STARS as a transparent, accountable and relief providing organization deeming to empower needy women and children and moving towards sustainability with its sufficient resources.
Mission: STARS as a non-governmental organization is an active part of civil society deems to empower and uplift the vulnerable people of the community specially women and children, through the following activities ; livelihoods, Agriculture & Livestock, Education, Child Protection, Health Projects, Vocational and Income Generation, Sustainable Development Emergency and DRR.


Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Organization

Who we are

Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Organization (SWRO) is a non-governmental, non-profit and non-political organization, established in 2017 with the ministry of Economy of Afghanistan as national NGO. The organization thematic focus areas are Education, Economic Empowerment/Livelihood, Health, Good Governance, WASH and Humanitarian Response.

Our Vision:

An Afghanistan free from poverty, violence and discrimination

Our Mission:

Giving people power over their development and their lives

Our intervention areas

  1. 1. Health: Provision of basic health services through BPHS/EPHS and vertical programming
  2. 2. Education: Formal Education, Training & Capacity Building, Informal Education & Literacy, Accelerated Learning, Teachers Trainings, Health & Hygiene Education and Civic Education & Public Awareness
  3. Economic Empowerment/Livelihoods: TVET, VET through job skills and business development, promoting mushroom cultivation and marketing, Food Security and Agriculture practices in diversifying home based agro- product, gardening and kitchen gardening and green houses.
  4. WASH: Providing clean and safe drinking water and promoting hygiene and sanitation
  5. Governance: Eradication of corruption, access to justice and rule of law
  6. Emergency Response: WASH, Shelter and F/NFIs and emergency mobile health teams.
Cluster/network member:

WASH, Nutrition, EiE, FSAC, ANCB, AWN, MAIL, MoWA,


GIZ, Geneva Call

CEN Operational capacity in 2019

Direct Beneficiaries

CEN Member’s National & International affiliation

CEN Member’s Donors