Programme areas and target groups

  • Northern Afghanistan: Sar-e Pul and Jawzjan provinces.
  • The Women Self Help Groups project and urban refugees project in the Kabul area.
  • WASH projects in the Southern province of Uruzgan and Nangarhar.


  • Food security & Livelihoods
  • WASH

What we do in Afghanistan

In the course of 2016 more than a million people became displaced in Afghanistan. About half of them were fleeing the fighting in several provinces between government forces and either the Taliban or Islamic State. The other half were Afghan returnees coming from Pakistan due to the harassment by governmental agents there.

Besides these two groups there are still disaster IDPs, such as the families that lost their houses to the riverbank erosion of the Amu Darya, the main river in the north. ZOA is assisting the different types of displaced people, in a context where security is not getting better, and many countries are reducing their funding.
However, we see signs of hope throughout our projects. In peacebuilding we completed a project after four years in the Sar-e Pul district and in two Jawzjan districts. The WASH project in Uruzgan and Sar-e Pul helped 4,000 conflict-related internally displaced families.
We also started a WASH-project to help returnee families in Nangarhar. We assisted 219 families with construction and shelter, after they lost their houses to the Amu Darya river.

The Women Self Help Groups in Kabul and Shebergan are also having very positive results, empowering women socially and economically. The National Solidarity Programme, a project funded by the World Bank through the Afghan government, was completed in 2016. ZOA has been involved in this project since 2007, and has trained and coached the Community Development Councils in each of the 612 villages of Sar-e Pul province. Hundreds of schools, clinics, bridges and other infrastructural objects were built in Sar-e Pul as part of this project.
It is expected that in 2017 the returnees from Pakistan will be a main target group, as well as the conflict related IDPs who will continue to need our support in the next year.