Strengthening civil society to improve the quality of life is a central goal of the AKDN. Civil society is increasingly recognised globally as a building block for democracy and economic development. AKDN understands civil society in the broadest sense of civic institutions working for the public good. A strong civil society can enhance social cohesion and pluralism, advance meritocracy, ethics and standards of quality, act as a bulwark against volatility in times of crisis and protect communities against state failure. It is important to keep in mind that civil society includes a diversity of opinion and action.
In Afghanistan, AKDN is a facilitating partner of the Government’s National Solidarity Programme (NSP). Under the NSP, AKDN assists villages in establishing village-based Community Development Councils, electing an accountable and transparent Council leadership, formulating village development plans, and prioritising village needs. More