Wide-ranging support for internally displaced persons in Afghanistan

01.08.2016 – About one million Afghans have been displaced within their own country. GIZ is helping provide them with an education, and thereby prospects for the future.

Since 2004 more than one million Afghans have had to leave their homes, either due to armed conflict or the impact of climate change. Most of them move to the suburbs of large cities, although there are hardly any jobs and prospects to be found.

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is working on behalf of the German Federal Foreign Office (AA) to support displaced persons within Afghanistan. GIZ is providing medical care and accommodation as well as school and vocational education and training, among other services.

In Mazar-e Sharif, for example, GIZ is supporting about 800 internally displaced families. In the village of Hamdard, on the outskirts of the city, temporary accommodation and schools have been built. GIZ also organises training courses on manual labour, reading and writing as well as building with clay. By forming neighbourhood committees, the village residents have learned how to organise themselves and clearly communicate their needs. Faiz Mohammed, the community elder, explains how his family and the Hamdard village benefited directly from GIZ support: ‘With the committee’s help we were able to call attention to our situation, and almost immediately our village received various forms of assistance such as food, drinking water, better roads and accommodation.’

GIZ’s support is making a noticeable impact in other locations as well: Since the programme began in 2013, 95 wells and 288 temporary shelters have been built for particularly vulnerable families; about 8,900 people have benefited from different training and education measures.

  • Training measures on conflict resolution and hygiene for over 4,400 internally displaced persons
  • Basic courses in reading and arithmetic skills for 1,420 participants

GIZ in Afghanistan

GIZ has supported Afghanistan’s reconstruction since 2002, in particular through projects in the areas of education, energy, health, good governance, water, economic development and the Civil Peace Service. The support being provided to internally displaced persons is one of about 60 projects in Afghanistan.