IRC Creates Consortium with Local Aid Groups to Assist the Displaced in Northern Afghanistan
The IRC ResponseTo improve the delivery of emergency assistance to the displaced in Mazar, the International Rescue Committee established a consortium—the NGO Partnership for Assistance to IDPs (NPAI)—made up of the IRC and eight national non-governmental organizations, which have worked in Afghanistan over the last decade (see note 2). The consortium based in Mazar, began operations in late May.
Emergency Projects for IDPs in Balkh: Over the last few weeks, NPAI has screened and registered 14,362 IDP families in 27 camps in Balkh province. Of roughly 9,000 families around Mazar, 5,300 of the most deprived have been chosen for relocation to the new Sakhi camp, built and managed by members of NPAI (see note 3). (The remaining 4,000 will be moved in coming months to camps managed by other agencies.) UNOCHA, UNICEF, and WFP are providing direct support and funding for humanitarian activities at Sakhi camp, and Medicins Sans Frontiers (MSF) will work with NPAI to provide certain health and sanitation services there.
Rural Mitigation Activities: NPAI is also conducting assessments in rural areas-of-origin throughout northern Afghanistan: in Faryab, Samangan, Sar-e-Pul, Jawzjan, and Balkh provinces. In coming weeks, the NPAI consortium hopes to start widespread mitigation activities in the locations above as a means of preventing communities from fleeing. The projects would include emergency food distributions and nutrition services, infrastructure rehabilitation, water source improvements, and irrigation, as well as projects in agricultural assistance and health education. Notes:
1: Baghlan, Kunduz, Samangan, Takhar, Balkh, Jawzjan, Faryab, and Sar-e-Pul. 2: National Afghan NGOs: CHA, NPO/RRAA, AREA, ADA, ACLU, PRB, DHSA, COAR. 3: The selection process for Sakhi camp was made according to set criteria designed to prioritize the seriousness of humanitarian needs faced by the IDPs in the areas of shelter, availability of food and water, health services, security, work opportunities, and sanitation levels.