AKDN began working in Afghanistan in the 1990s when it started distributing food aid. Today, the Network's integrated approach combines social, economic and cultural inputs. Its economic projects span over 240 cities and towns in the country’s 34 provinces. Its social development and humanitarian work is focused in many districts in eight provinces, overall impacting over 4 million people. Its cultural programmes, which operate in Kabul, Herat and Balkh, have restored over 150 historic sites.