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ActionAid launches cash for work programme in Northern Afghanistan

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Kabul, Afghanistan (October 22, 2008) – ActionAid together
with the European Union through its Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO)
today launched a Cash for Work Programme in Afghanistan.

The programme is being implemented in 40 of the most vulnerable
villages in Darzab and Qushtepa districts in Jawzjan Province and
Dawlatabad and Kaldar districts in Balkh province in northern
Afghanistan.

It aims to provide around 5,000 families with enough food to
cover at least half of their daily requirements throughout the harsh
winter.

Recent statistics from the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and
Development (MRRD) revealed that at least 1.5 million people in 19 of
Afghanistan’s 34 provinces, mostly farming communities in the north,
have been severely affected by drought and are in need of urgent
humanitarian relief.

ActionAid recently conducted a vulnerability analysis – in
close coordination with local communities – of 150,000 people in 97
villages in 10 districts of Jawzjan and Balkh provinces.

This identified 5,376 of the most vulnerable people – including
widows, the disabled, the elderly and daily wage earners who are either
landless or who have lost their livelihood due to drought.

Of this figure, 480 extremely vulnerable individuals will
receive direct aid, 96 as site supervisors and the rest to work either
on canal cleaning, building school boundary walls or road
rehabilitation.

“Since we started our operations in 2002, the Cash for Work
Programme has provided urgent humanitarian support for those who are
suffering the most,” said ActionAid’s country director GB Adhikari.

“However, as we also use the rights-based approach in our
projects, we always emphasize the importance of using their daily
earnings to create more established and enduring livelihood
opportunities.”

The scheme will be launched at Jawzjan and Mazar Provincial
Conference Hall during the week of 22-26 October 2008. The event also
brings together local and national government agencies as well as
international key players such as TearFund, Save the Children UK, ZOA
Refugee Agency, and German Agro Action (GAA) in working towards
alleviation of hunger in the country.

ActionAid Afghanistan has established food security networks in
different villages in the country following its April 4, 2006
membership to the International Food Security Network and plays an
active role in ActionAid’s global HungerFree campaign aimed at
influencing food security issues in local, national and international
forum.

Mr. Mudasser Hussain Siddiqui
Policy & Advocacy Manager
Contact: +93 (0) 799476991
mudasser.siddiqui@actionaid.org

Ms. Liny Edyawati Suharlim
Partnership Development Manager
Contact: +93 (0) 773131496
liny.suharlim@actionaid.org

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Written by afghandevnews

October 23, 2008 at 3:37 am

Posted in Aid

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