Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief and Development (ACBAR)

OSDR is an active member of ACBAR, the Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief & Development, which is an Afghan independent body bringing together 135 national and international NGOs working in Afghanistan and abiding by the humanitarian principles of independence, neutrality, impartiality and humanity.

As a collective ‘voice’ of NGOs operating in Afghanistan, ACBAR is dedicated to aid effectiveness, capacity development, advocacy, coordination, and information exchange services to address humanitarian recovery and sustainable development needs of the country.

ACBAR was created in August 1988, in response to the demand from the many aid agencies and international donors for a coordi

nated approach to humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan and for Afghan refugees residing in Pakistan.

 

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In early June 2008, Coordination of Afghan Relief (CoAR), Organization for Sustainable Development and Research (OSDR), and Skills Training and Rehabilitation Society (STARS) took the initiative of establishing a working network. The move came to make the relationship between these organizations more systematic and formal after cooperating with each other in different areas proved to be more productive. Furthermore, the initiative is directly in line with the Afghanistan NGOs Law, Article 9 of which states that nongovernmental organizations can enter into partnerships and networks to improve, expand, or implement their activities and projects .Also, the current trends and the need for reconstruction of Afghanistan lend sufficient justification for the establishment of such a network.

In 2010, two NGO’s namely ECW and HF and in 2013 AREA and APWO succeeded to join CEN. In addition Gorbat Radio & TV and Sharq Institute of Higher Education also has joined the CEN (Civil society Empowerment Network), in 2014 two NGOs namely AUTEO and CAHPO joined CEN (Civil society Empowerment Network).