Lack of funding, security concerns, government corruption, and limited organizational capacity are factors that hamper the effectiveness of CSOs in Afghanistan. CSOs are becoming increasingly crucial as a counter to corruption, and they have a very important role to play in increasing accountability and providing disenfranchised Afghans with a voice.

As the international community approaches transition, there is a need for CSOs to consider their own sustainability. This requires them to have a solid management and an organizational structure capable of delivering high quality services in a competitive environment where funding opportunities are becoming increasingly scarce. This is a challenge, since most CSOs do not have access to tailored training to help them improve their management and programme delivery.

Helping organizations to become more sustainable will be an important contribution to support the promotion and protection of human rights in years to come. This will further help mitigate the risk of reversal of progress made in securing increasing rights for women in Afghanistan as international forces look to withdraw from the country in 2014. It is for these reasons that Building Markets has launched our ‘Professionalization of Afghan CSOs’ programme.


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