Organization Profile

Save the Children is an international independent non-governmental, non- profit, organisation founded in 1919. We work in over 120 countries worldwide. We are the world’s leading independent organisation for Children. Our vision is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

Save the Children has worked in Afghanistan since 1976. Our way of working close to people and on their own terms has enabled us to deliver lasting change to tens of thousands of children in the country. The UN Convention of the Rights of the Child is the basis of our work.

We are helping children get a better education, we make it possible for more boys and girls to attend school, we help children protect themselves and influence their own conditions. We work with families, communities and health workers in homes, clinics and hospitals to promote basic health in order to save lives of children and mothers.

International External Evaluator for END OF PROJECT EVALUATION

In Afghanistan (a partner country of the Netherlands) there are two root causes of insecurity. The first cause is conflict over territory, borders, and natural resources. This is a common issue within all countries of the world, as competition over scarce resources – such as water, minerals, trees, and land that is suitable for agriculture – creates salient problems over which communities are prepared to fight. The second cause of insecurity is the illegitimacy, from the perspective of the indigenous population, of local- and national-level governance structures. A lack of opportunity for disenfranchised youth compounds this issue; without access to basic services and longer-term solutions, the space for unrest and insecurity to develop widens.
Save the Children (SC) has been implementing the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) supported reconstruction program titled (BASIC SERVICE DELIVERY AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT) project in four districts of two provinces in Afghanistan. ( Sancharak district and Sar-e-Pul center of Sar-e-Pul province as well in  Kama and Kuz Kunar district of Nangarhar province). Within the programme there are specific focuses on government officials as Save the Children International (SCI) Afghanistan has been working on improving their capacity to provide better quality services to the most vulnerable women and youth. At the same time the program will ensure that the people benefitting from these services will have the opportunity and means to articulate their needs and obtain effective government support.
The project is also supported income generating activities (IGAs) specifically emphasizing on women and youths of the targeted vulnerable families contributing to the social empowerment of these groups. SC through facilitating the start-up of income generation activities, providing training to secure the sustainability of these activities as much as possible, and providing an opportunity for vulnerable women and youth to work together as a women and men group to improve their own economic situation. Through the income generating activities a more active role of women and youths is going to be promoted.

This project is focusing on longer-term results and has taken approach of developing community capacity to support target beneficiaries to generate income and improve their economic condition over a longer period of time, thereby securing more sustainable results. The approach includes the development of government capacity and strengthens links between communities and government to enable a more stable approach to service delivery in the target areas. The beneficiaries are fully involved in the project activities from planning to implementation  with project support by providing material inputs for start-up activities, training on related activities (e.g. marketing, basic business administration, literacy and numeracy, establishing small savings groups) so that the beneficiaries will be equipped with knowledge and skills to continue activities after the end of the project.
     Cross- Country Learning
Save the Children is helped to bring together local government officials from Nangarhar and Saripul Province for exposure visit outside the country and will have the opportunity to share lessons learned and best practices in effective service delivery and good governance.
Save the Children will also encourage local government officials to discuss effective techniques for non-violent interaction at the community level, such as messaging for violence-free schools, community-based committees for dispute resolution, and feedback mechanisms for the airing of grievances and the reaching of accommodated settlements?
1. Project Details
Implementing Agency: Save the Children International, Afghanistan
Duration: October 01, 2012 to October 31, 2015
Funding: (BASIC SERVICE DELIVERY AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT) Program of Reconstruction Program, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Goal/Principal Objective: To contribute to the improvement of human security in Sar-e-Pul and Nangarhar  (Afghanistan) by creating conditions of socioeconomic empowerment of women and youth and strengthening the capacity of government to deliver quality, targeted basic services.

Specific Objective 1: To contribute to strengthening the capacity of the government to deliver quality, targeted basic services and livelihood activities for women and youth in 6 districts by the end of 2015, October.
OUTCOME: 1.1: Capacity of government officials is strengthened to deliver basic services in 4 districts by the end of 2015.
Output 1.1.1:  80 Government Officials have improved capacity to provide better quality services to the most vulnerable women and youth.
Output 1.1.2: 50 Communities have increased opportunities and mechanisms to articulate their needs and obtain effective government support.

Specific Objective 2: To contribute to the enhancement of conditions for socioeconomic empowerment of women and youth through the promotion of income generating activities in 6 districts by the end of 2015.
OUTCOME: 2.2: Enhanced livelihood and social empowerment of women and youth through income generating activities in 2 provinces by the end of 2015.
Output 2.2.1: A thorough market and skills training has been conducted and appropriate livelihoods assistance designed based on the findings.
Output 2.2.2: 2,000 women and youth have received livelihoods training, technical capacity building and are engaged in practical implementation of these activities.
Output 2.2.3: 2,000 women and youth have received training in the basics of business management, marketing, group-management, micro-finance, basic numeracy and literacy and other basic skills as requested. 
Output 2.2.4: 1,200 women have improved knowledge of women's and children's rights, and basic nutrition and hygiene practices, particularly for children.
Specific Objective 3
To strengthen cross border coordination and learning between local governments officials from Nangarhar, Saripul and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and among Save the Children project staff. The cross-border coordination and learning activity has changed to exposure visit of key Afghan government officials to another country, and also the regional lesson learned workshop may not take place alternatively is suggested to have community exchange visit within Afghanistan.