Afghanistan Relief & Sustainable Development Organization (ARSDO)

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Name: Afghanistan Relief & Sustainable Development Organization (ARSDO)
Country: Afghanistan
Year of establishment: 2017
Type of organization: Legally recognized non-profit status

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Afghanistan Relief & Sustainable Development Organization (ARSDO)

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Name: Afghanistan Relief & Sustainable Development Organization (ARSDO)
Country: Afganistán
Year of establishment:
Type of organization: Legally recognized non-profit status

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Description

ARSDO is one of the local Non-Profit Development Organizations in Afghanistan, with deep trenched and far reaching social interventions in the region. ARSDO is implementing community development and empowerment programs at the grass root level and to connect it at policy level. The organization adopted three pronged strategies to reach towards its destination

1) Organizing communities around issues and challenges and strengthen grass roots community institution with the philosophy of inclusion the vulnerable including women and children. 2) Increased knowledge and capacities of local communities including women and children on issues and made them able to take lead and contribute in addressing the existing and emerging issues and challenges proactively. 3) Advocacy on issues and laws (improved justice and recommendations on new laws and strategies to combat social, economic and rights based evil practices at all levels).

ARSDO struggling to growth and extending across various development sectors and enhanced geographical coverage, all objective interventions and sustainable social change will be achieved through participatory approach, all forms of human development including i.e. Education, Health, Economic empowerment, humanitarian response, Water for life and climate change with the main approach and strategy of advocacy and service delivery.

Nature Element: Agricultural, Forests
Type of Action:
Sustainable Development Element: Jobs and livelihoods (SDG 1) , Gender equality (SDG 5) , Renewable energy (SDG 7) , Climate action (SDG 13) 

Nature Element: Agricultural, Forests
Type of Action:
Sustainable Development Element: Jobs and livelihoods (SDG 1) , Gender equality (SDG 5) , Renewable energy (SDG 7) , Climate action (SDG 13) 

Environmental Impacts

The quality of life of the people will be improved in different ways. They will have access to improved quality of fuel instead of coal and wood. Solar cookers and energy efficient stoves are not only energy efficient but are also healthier energy options. Similarly, the community centers will be better equipped with lighting, cooling and heating facilities which will automatically improve the standard of living of the overall community. The whole intervention will have a long term impact as well on the life of people. These sources are economical as well and will save money to be spent on food, clothing and education etc.

The natural environment will be benefited in multiple ways. The increased use of solar energy will decrease the use of other nonrenewable sources of energy which will decrease pollution and save on wood and coal. Simultaneously the plantation campaign will increase trees in the long run. And the intervention will be carried out in the IDP camp hence the communities will learn these healthy practices and take them along to their homes which will have a multiplier effect with time.

Sustainable Development Impacts

The project sustainable because of the fact that it will leave the technology and knowledge within the communities after implementing the project, the communities will be better aware of the harmful effects of the use of non-renewable sources of energy and the ways and means to protect the environment. The plantation drives will have a long term impact especially among the children who will be habituated with planting the trees and taking care of them. The locality will be greener with a healthy environment in the long run. Such interventions in an IDP camps are very rare and the communities will take such healthy habits along with them.

RESILIENCE, ADAPTABILITY, AND SELF-SUFFICIENCY

ARSDO has strong linkages within the community and the staff continuously interacts with the community members. Before sending the concept note the staff had meetings with the community members and recently in a meeting they were informed about the acceptance of the concept-note. The idea of the detailed project design was shared in the same meeting. After designing detailed proposal the activities were discussed with them again and then the proposal was finalized. Besides this some of the staff members and Board of Directors also belong to the same communities. They have been discussing the project and are part of the project designing team.

REDUCED INEQUALITIES

The community members of 20 villages/ communities of Jalalabad especially Sheikh Mesri IDPs Camp will be benefited directly and indirectly. This will be approximately 10,000 individuals.

GENDER EQUALITY

Gender mainstreaming in project is in Afghanistan is a challenging job, however ARSDO being local organization is trusted by the communities which makes the women participation in the activities easier for the organization. However, ARSDO takes a one step further by including the discussions around women’s issues and their possible resolution in its activities. Such discussions enable women to take interest in the activities and motivates them for active participation. It also helps in sensitizing men/ boys around the women issues.

The proposed project will also highlight women/ girls’ rights specifically and will give female members of Environmentally Conscious Organizing (ECO) to take lead on these issues, design activities and showcase their work. At least 30% of Environmentally Conscious Organizing (ECO) will be girls who will not only be highlighting the general youth issues but will take lead on girls’ issues and the importance of female youth participation for the better society.

Scalability

First of all, the community members will be directly interviewed and asked questions about the improvement in the quality of life. Secondly the number of community members visiting community centers and number of children visiting schools will be measured before and after the intervention. The increased number of people and children visiting community centres and schools will indicate that the they are happy and have an improved quality of life.

Replicability

After successful implantation, the project will replicate to other parts of the country.