Licensed NGO with the Ministry of Economy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
- All people are of equal value and importance.
This is our core value and forms the basis for all interaction at all levels. We are people-focused. By meeting fellow human beings as equals, with respect, trust, commitment and empathy, we create relationships cemented on universal values.
We believe in and, to the extent possible, live by the Afghan values of Courage, Honor and the Sanctity of a word given. Our reputations as honest, trustworthy people are what matter in the insecure areas and beyond. This is the basis for success.
- Walk the Walk.
We do what we say, and act what we say.
Risk is part of our job. We accept, work with and through risk.
- Human rights.
These universal values represent beliefs, aspirations and hopes that we all have in common.
It is the function of Information and Knowledge. We have an intimate understanding of how Afghan societies work, and this is the basis for our methodologies and approaches. We adapt to the contexts, not vice versa.
- Transparency and Accountability.
We acknowledge that transparency is a prerequisite in order to create trust amidst suspicion, and that accountability is a prerequisite in order to create a system of checks and balances.
- Empowerment and not advocacy.
Our aim is to implement all projects in ways which empower the recipient stakeholders. Empowerment is change, and change should be in the hands of the people, and this can only come through making educated choices, people taking charge of their own development and their own lives as they see best.
- Understanding Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment.
Gender equality implies a society in which women and men enjoy the same opportunities, outcomes, rights and obligations in all spheres of life. Equality between men and women exists when both sexes are able to share equally in the distribution of power and influence; have equal opportunities for financial independence through work or through setting up businesses; enjoy equal access to education and the opportunity to develop personal ambitions. A critical aspect of promoting gender equality is the empowerment of women, with a focus on identifying and redressing power imbalances and giving women more autonomy to manage their own lives. Women's empowerment is vital to sustainable development and the realization of human rights for all.
Our values and principles are rooted into our way of behaving and implement projects. These are:
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