AHEAD was established by a group of experienced, professional and dedicated social workers in Afghanistan in 2008, and was registered under license number 1259 with the Ministry of Economy of the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
AHEAD is a non-governmental, non-political and non-for profit organization that aims to contribute to improvement of social welfare, education, social development, civil society development and public health in the urban, rural and least advantaged areas of Afghanistan.
In AHEAD we believe that in order to effectively contribute to development in Afghanistan, especially in remote areas, it is important to merge the theoretical knowledge of well-educated technical staff members with practical experience of those who have worked in the field and understands the local context well. To this end we believe that the development work need to be informed by the ongoing socio-cultural and political changes at the national and sub-national level. We also believe that each developmental project has to take into consideration role of community, cultural and religious, influential leaders.
AHEAD started its journey of serving Afghanistan in 2008 by provision of short and medium term training to employees of public and private sector in the areas of Financial Management, Business Management and Supervisory Skills; These activities were all funded by private funds of the board of governors / founders of AHEAD. Followed by the initial activity in 2008, AHEAD has until now implemented over 40 small and large-scale projects funded by major donors in Afghanistan.
Our long-term vision is to see the realization and development of public health, education, community development and a vibrant and vital civil society in Afghanistan where the interest, concerns and dignity of the civilians are taken seriously and more people have access to resources.
Our mission is to contribute to improving the quality of Afghan’s life through provision of high quality education, capacity building, health, humanitarian, emergency assistance and community level awareness raising services that collectively contribute to development and post war recovery efforts in Afghanistan.
Throughout the last seven years of work in Afghanistan, AHEAD has proven capability of establishing strong relationship with national and subnational government institutions, independent administrative agencies, and a vast range of private sector companies, bilateral and multilateral agencies, the United Nations and major donors in Afghanistan. Similarly AHEAD has also been successful in accessing the most remote and almost forgotten and insecure areas of Afghanistan. We have until now delivered capacity building and humanitarian services in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan that has been widely recognized and greatly appreciated by the government, donors and people of Afghanistan.
Our employees have strong community based networks and vast experience in accessing isolated communities, where other development actors are not able to implement projects. Our ongoing projects are good examples of these, which focus on wide range of selected geographic areas in the country.
AHEAD employ’s both male and female employees in different parts of the country and has the capacity of delivering aid, assessing needs, conducting surveys and studies in all areas of the country, especially those that are more conservative and difficult to reach or approach.
AHEAD follows the following ethics in all of its interventions across the country:
• Follow no harm policy; • Respect human dignity and local values; • Obliged to provide training to project staff before implementation of the project; • Obliged to ensure beneficiary, donor and other stakeholders satisfaction throughout the project implementation process; • Committed to act as per the agreed plan and follow donor instructions; • Committed to keep confidentiality; • Obliged to obtain beneficiaries consent on activities before launching; • Commitment to inform stakeholders on defects in the project work; and • Committed to provide accurate financial and technical reports.
AHEAD’s Core Values: • Believe in people’s capacity and dignity • Culture and environment friendly • Creativity and innovation • Discipline, participation, team work and openness • Cost consciousness • Gender equity • Accountability and transparency • Honesty and integrity • Striving for excellence