Afghanistan: humanitarian efforts and development assistance

Date/Time: 19/03/2014  10:00 - 12:00

Location: The Norwegian Afghanistan Committee

2013 was a dramatic year for aid workers in Afghanistan. Shootings, mines and violent attacks were part of what has evolved into an unstable and insecure work environment for NGO employees. On 19 March, the Norwegian Afghanistan Committee, CMI and PRIO organize a workshop on aid in a challenging environment. Our primary target group is NGOs that have been working and will continue to work in Afghanistan.

Humanitarian efforts and development assistance has been a central part of the international agenda in Afghanistan ever since 2001. A great deal has been achieved, especially in health and education. However, there is a palpable feeling of insecurity. What will happen if security gets even worse and if international donors cut their aid budgets?

Norwegian NGOs have worked in Afghanistan since the 80’s, and will undoubtedly benefit from their experience. Yet, the insecure working conditions are a challenge. How do you come to terms with this? How do you relate to national and local authorities and insurgents, how do you deal with corruption and how do you adapt to ever increasing requirements to document the impact of aid projects? What can NGOs do, what can Norwegian authorities and policymakers do, and how can they best cooperate with other actors?

As part of the Afghanistan week 2014, we would like to invite you to participate in a workshop on humanitarian efforts and development assistance. We aim to bring together Norwegian actors from different sectors, such as NGOs, researchers and policymakers, and to discuss the challenges of working in Afghanistan. We appreciate any contributions and presentations. If you would like to present on the listed themes, please try to keep your presentations to about 10 minutes.

To register for the event, please send an e-mail to:

For question and further information about the event, please contact:

Åse Johanne Roti Dahl: +47 47 93 81 26/+47 41 61 64 40

The workshop is coordinated by Arne Strand, research director at CMI.

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