The Afghan Development Association (ADA) is a non-governmental, non-profit and non-political organisation. It promotes and provides humanitarian and development-related services to the people of Afghanistan. Since its inception in 1990, ADA has provided assistance in a myriad of sectors to the most poverty-stricken communities across Afghanistan. In the course of its operations, ADA has brought hope and optimism to communities through the provision of basic services, the resettlement of returning refugees and internally displaced persons, and the introduction of integrated rural development programs, education and capacity building.
With a strongly people-centred approach, ADA has a participatory planning process with a mission to strengthen and enrich the lives of the poor, with the ultimate goal of the eradication of poverty from Afghanistan. Too often, services fail poor people in access, quantity and quality. Realising this, ADA’s primary goal is to improve service provision by making it people-centric. ADA is highly sensitive to communal and individual differences, and strives to pay the utmost respect to the communities it aims to serve.
Although primarily a development organisation, ADA is involved in community peacebuilding. For example, it is currently running a project on Building Afghan Peace Locally (BAPL), and is also working on a peacebuilding, conflict resolution and gender programme, supported by the British Council.
Transparency and accountability
Transparency, accountability and efficiency are the driving factors when delivering goods and services to the people of Afghanistan. ADA endeavours to reach the most disadvantaged groups in Afghan society, often under very difficult circumstances. ADA has provided much-needed assistance to the most susceptible and marginalised groups, including returning refugees, internally displaced persons, poor families, women, the unemployed and the uneducated, as well as to community-based organisations. Particular attention is also given to the agricultural sector and rural activities that can contribute to more productive and sustainable livelihoods at the grass-roots level.