Mercy Corps helps people turn the crises they confront into the opportunities they deserve. Driven by local needs, our programs provide communities in the world’s toughest places with the tools and support they need to transform their own lives. Our worldwide team in more than 40 countries is improving the lives of 28 million people. For more information, please visit our website: http://www.mercycorps.org.
Mercy Corps has been working in Afghanistan continuously since 1986 with a large portfolio of programs addressing the promotion of sustainable licit livelihoods, agriculture development, youth vocational and natural resource management; it has helped more than 2.5 million Afghans through these wide-range of community–based agriculture and economic development programs. It is to mention that currently Mercy Corps is working in Kabul, Kandahar, Helmand, Takhar, Badakhshan, Parwan, Baghlan, Urozgan, Nangarhar and Herat.
Program / Department Summary:
The SUN (Stabilization in Urban Neighbourhoods) program is a 32-month initiative with the goal to stabilize urban neighbourhoods in Kabul through implementation of a participatory, community-led approach to community development in 7 districts. The program will work to increase social cohesion in Kabul, specifically through targeting the participation of young people in decision-making and through supporting community-driven socio-economic development. Forming Local Action Groups (LAG), local volunteer committees in collaboration with community members will identify local development priorities and support implementation of local projects such as renovation of community spaces, supporting local business which benefit the community, as well as basic services infrastructure in line with existing governmental plans. Making use of a new tech platform, SUN will be a fast moving, high-impact program reaching youth in Kabul in new and innovative ways working on peaceful social development and opening up future prospects for youth of the country.
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