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SHORT HISTORY OF
COORDINATION OF HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (CHA)

 

CHA established by a team of educated and experienced Afghan volunteers on 1987. CHA has initially played an important role in providing emergency assistance and in delivering basic services in health, agriculture, education and infrastructure rehabilitation across its coverage areas.

CHA is now one of the largest national NGOs with over 2100 employees and is acknowledged as one of the most relevant organizations for humanitarian assistance and social development in the country.

CHA, as a leading Afghan national NGO, feels that operating only as a humanitarian service provider will not be enough to address civil society obligations. We believe that without involving the community and giving them ownership of their country at large and their village in particular it would be difficult to expect development to be possible and, more importantly, sustainable.

CHA works with the communities to enable them and involve them in needs assessments, prioritization, communication and decision making skills, supervision and implementation of projects, and record keeping. We believe this is the most appropriate way to go about sustainable progress for development. To do so it is important to improve their capacity step by step and work with them continuously.

CHA as a national NGO with more than two decades of experience in Afghanistan has the potency to change for further development of the organization to address the changing needs of the targeted communities. This is why in 2004 and as well in 2009 it reviewed its vision, mission and values, attempting to align them with current political changes, challenges and the new context. CHA continued thinking about how to work strategically to be more efficient and effective and to address community and civil society requirements in the complex Afghanistan context.

In 2005, CHA has completed a major review of its policies and procedures. Consequently, comprehensive policies and procedures have been developed for Human Resource Management (HRM) , finance, admin, gender, procurement, etc.

The HRM policy draws on best practice in contemporary management systems while addressing key challenges facing Afghan NGOs including staff retention, training and development and the employment of women.

The Project Cycle Management policy document comprises a methodology covering all aspects of CHA's future participatory development approach. It has appendices drawn from examples of best practice to help demystify problematic concepts and each stage and subcomponent has reference materials, acknowledged as exemplary working guides, which can be readily accessed by all project staff.

 

Considering the scope, variety of activities, size and geographical spread of the organization and relevance, effectiveness and efficiency challenges in a highly competitive and risky environment and many other factors dictates that CHA needs to innovatively and creatively identify and adopt the most appropriate approaches and maintain its ability to manoeuvre when it is needed. The leadership and management of the organizations have developed this quality as a result of close presence, strong relations and rich experience of working with the society and partner communities. The constant improvement, growth and smooth achievement of objectives and goals of the organizations in past 24 years are proven result of this fact.
CHA has a proven capacity to implement large service delivery programs in more than nine provinces of Afghanistan. It provides a broad package of services based on the priority needs in communities, including health, education, income generation and food security, community empowerment and infrastructure rehabilitation aspects of livelihoods. The organization has the capacity to reach out to remote provinces and areas where the security situation does not always allow access to international organizations or the government. Its continuous action over the last twenty one years has given CHA credibility within the government and international donor community.
As a major implementing partner for the National Solidarity Program (NSP), CHA is working with more than 800 communities in four provinces of Afghanistan started in 2003. As implementing partner for Afghanistan Primary Education Program (APEP) followed by implementation of Building Education Support System for Teachers (BESST) program, CHA is contributing the urgent basic education needs and improving quality education in Afghanistan. Using the Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS) CHA is a major contributor to the provision of health services in severely under-served areas. The agriculture sector assists in the rehabilitation of rural production systems and improving the quality of life of conflict and drought-affected households and returnees. Other important areas in which CHA has been active include direct support to and capacity building of government departments at provincial levels, providing awareness to the public and active relations and efforts with civil society for strengthening democratic processes and institutions and finally disaster management and disaster risk reduction.

 

 

CHA have made effective efforts in the field of networking with other institutions mentioned below:
Afghan Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief (ACBAR) is a well known coordination body for NGOs in Afghanistan

 

The Human Rights Research and Advocacy Consortium (HRRAC) is comprised of six national and seven international NGOs and two advisory board members that have been working since early 2003 to advocate with and on behalf of Afghans, CHA has played an active role in sharing its comments and experience with different sectors including health, education and agriculture during different political situations with the related Ministries and their branches at national, provincial and grass roots level. For instance, CHA's health sector is a member of the most important steering committee at the Ministry of Public Health, One of important challenges facing CHA is the improvement of its capacity regarding the two new elements in its mission of civil society and advocacy.
Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN): Asian NGOs are an integral part of disaster responses and reduction activities in the region. The (ADRRN) is an initiative to bring together such NGOs with the aim of building capacity, sharing best practices as well as better understanding their role in coordinated humanitarian action with government, international NGOs as well as the United Nations and its agencies.
Developmental Network for Organization Members: is working for the strengthening of the organization members to lead them with the required strategic goals for fundraising, developed projects and supporting their technical and financial systems.

 

 

CHA's work covers the sectors in Health & Nutrition, Education & Community based aspects, livelihoods & Food security (Agriculture) and one Infrastructure Unit operates in more than nine provinces:
HERAT
BALKH
FARYAB
FARAH
KANDAHAR
GHOR
PARWAN
KAPISA
Kabul Province
Central Office in KABUL City.

 

 

CHA has 24 years of experience in the field, and a longstanding, time-tested friendly relationship and working partnership with communities in various regions of Afghanistan, and is considered as an effective player in the country. The organizational capacity of delivering standard services in a variety of sectors and fields are recognised by the partner communities, government, donors and institutional partners.

 

The multi-sectorial approach of the organization has resulted in developing solid capacities in other areas besides direct service-delivery activities. The solid presence of the organization at the community level allows it to play the role of a systematic watch for social services (food security, basic health, education).

 

Having well qualified and strong teams of managers and technical experts coming from all over the country is another important factor giving the organization a cutting edge. Having a longstanding working relation with the government, and being a reliable member of the civil society -nationally and internationally-, and considering the dire need for a comprehensive and effective work with a long term approach, CHA is very well positioned to play an active role and produce the needed results timely and tangibly.