Retain Access in Afghanistan (RAA)


The security situation in Afghanistan remains a major concern for humanitarian and development actors. They depend on reliable security reports and advisory services, on independent analyses of political events and trends, and on physical access to remote and conflict-affected areas. With this project, strengthening the humanitarian-development nexus, the SDC enables interventions that are essential for poor populations and people in need of humanitarian assistance and development aid.  

Country/region Period Budget
Afghanistan
01.12.2018 - 31.12.2022
CHF 4'460'000
Background Afghanistan has faced successive periods of conflict since 1979 and remains among the world’s least developed countries. A large number of Afghans depend on internationally funded development assistance and humanitarian aid. State capacities are improving slowly, while international and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) continue to play a key role. The Afghan context poses numerous challenges, notably violent conflict, political instability and weak infrastructure. Operational access is a key issue for development and humanitarian actors. Insecurity is a first main concern, and actors require security advice, trainings and information to continue their operations. A second concern is physical access to areas of intervention. Road travel is often not only difficult due to poor infrastructure, but also dangerous due to illegal checkpoints or fighting along overland roads.
Objectives Humanitarian and development actors' interventions to the benefit of poor populations and people in need of humanitarian assistance and development aid are enabled.
Target groups

Beneficiaries: poor and vulnerable population of Afghanistan, who depend on humanitarian aid and development assistance.

Target groups: humanitarian and development actors in Afghanistan that make use of the services provided by the project partners.

Medium-term outcomes
  • Outcome 1: Humanitarian and development actors better understand the security environment in Afghanistan and improve their security management practices (INSO).
  • Outcome 2: Humanitarian and development actors better understand the political context in Afghanistan and apply this knowledge in their operations and policy dialogue (AAN).
  • Outcome 3: Humanitarian and development actors have better physical access to remote and hard-to-reach areas (PACTEC).
Results

Expected results:  

  • Output 1.1: INSO provides NGOs with objective and reliable security information, analysis and advice.
  • Output 1.2: INSO supports NGOs in developing their individual security management preparedness and capacity through direct support and training.
  • Output 2.1: AAN provides relevant and timely research and analysis within seven thematic areas  through the publication of dispatches and reports.
  • Output 2.2: AAN disseminates information through various channels (website, social media, briefings, conferences, etc.) and expands its Dari/Pashto communication.
  • Output 3.1: PACTEC provides air transport services to remote and underserved destinations across Afghanistan.
  • Output 3.2: PACTEC coordinates and oversees clearing of snow and repair of critical airstrips.


Results from previous phases:  

  • 249 organisations received timely security information and advice; 84% adapted their procedures or decision-making (INSO).
  • Over 100 annual dispatches were published and readership reached over 900'000 persons in 2017 (AAN).
  • A Dari/Pashto site was set up and Afghan researchers authored or co-authored 43 dispatches in 2017 (AAN).
  • Over 1'700 individuals from 36 aid organisations had access to 38 hard-to-reach destinations (PACTEC).

(Results are from previous support to the same organisations in the frame of different projects)


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
  • Other international or foreign NGO North


Coordination with other projects and actors The services provided by the project partners support the implementation of all SDC projects, especially those implemented by NGOs and in remote areas.
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   4'460'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   854'850
Project phases Phase 99 01.01.2023 - 31.12.2030   (Planned) Phase 1 01.12.2018 - 31.12.2022   (Current phase)