ALLOHA STRATEGIC PLAN (2017-2021)
“Failing to plan is planning to fail”
Afghanistan has been in protracted conflict for almost thirty-five years, which has seriously hampered poverty reduction and development, strained the fabric of society and depleted its coping mechanisms. Additionally, over the past few years, armed non-state actors have challenged the territorial control of the Government and expanded the geographical scope of the conflict beyond the southern and eastern regions of the country.
Since 2001, international aid efforts have considerably scaled up and so has international military intervention. Human development indicators show some improvement in absolute terms particularly over the last ten years. However, Afghanistan remains ranked in the bottom decile of countries in the global Human Development Index at 175 of 186.
Afghanistan is prone to recurrent natural disasters. Given this underlying fragility at the economic, political and security levels the country is not able to cope with the consequences of such disasters, which puts additional strain on humanitarian actors working on the ground.
The increased impact of the conflict on Afghans life is seen in the number of civilian casualties, heightened fear and uncertainty, and recurrent displacement. More Afghans have sought asylum in Europe in recent years, lacking hope in the future of the country.
Today’s protracted, complex humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan dates back to the 1990s, when the country’s state institutions completely collapsed and the once resilient nation turned into a handful of extremely vulnerable groups. In such a situation the hopes of Afghans changes into hopeless they think unfortunately once again Afghanistan had sadly turning into a no man’s land.
The Middle East unlikely situation and some other global pressing security threats caused, Afghanistan had been once again forgotten and isolated from the rest of the international community.
Consequently, however, in the face of increased violence imposed on Afghanistan, the country has had to spend more of its revenue on national security. This prevents the Afghan government from spending more on the provision of basic public services, which has unfortunately left more and more poor Afghans vulnerable. And their condition has further deteriorated as some half a million jobs have been lost since the end of the transition process in 2014. Despite continued hard efforts by the Afghan government to jumpstart the economy to create new employment opportunities, it has been hard to replace the lost jobs, nor is the Afghan economy able to create new jobs for the Afghan youth entering the job market every month.
On the top of these mounting challenges, Pakistan’s military operations in North Waziristan in 2014 forced over 200,000 Pakistanis into southeast Afghanistan, where they will continue to need humanitarian assistance for the foreseeable future.
So, it is in this overall complex humanitarian context that a large number of Afghan youth, who used to be employed, have fled Afghanistan in search of protection and prosperity in Europe. Their fate there has yet to be determined, as most European countries are reluctant to take in more asylum seekers, most of whom have fled generalized violence in situations like that of Afghanistan.
Over the past two years, the National Unity Government of Afghanistan has made every effort to implement reforms and programs that mitigate against the adverse effects of man-made and natural disasters on its already vulnerable population.
However, still neither the country people nor the international community is satisfied of the achievements of NUGA. The government still strains to overcome the situation but going deeper and deeper in the muddy pool. The Afghanistan conflict dimensions are beyond national territories.
Realizing the above challenges there is time to make more efforts in enhancing Humanitarian interventions that embraces Humanitarian challenges at the national, regional and international scale.
This strategic plan is based on the following particulars to be considered:
1) To set direction and priorities,
2) To get everyone on the same page,
3) To simplify decision-making,
4) To drive alignment,
5) To communicate the message,
Throughout this simple strategic plan, we will do our best that our staff, beneficiaries, donors and even likeminded Humanitarian actors know where we are going, this will help us for even greater opportunities for our stakeholders to help us maximize our success in getting there.
Vision : ALLOHA’s vision is to see resilient and dignified Asian lives and to coordinate globally with likeminded groups and societies.
Mission: The mission of ALLOHA is to make an effective contribution to empower communities against all types of disasters, and to promote local capacities mainly through media & Education and preserve human dignity.
GOAL : More effective and principled Humanitarian interventions that meet the need of affected Asian communities and maintain their dignity.
This can be done with the following Strategic Humanitarian Objectives:
- Working with likeminded Humanitarian organizations and contributing to fulfilling the WHS objectives,
- Working Nationally, regionally and globally by raising awareness, building solidarity and partnership for a better humanitarian action,
- Working for establishment of National Humanitarian Database Centers (NHDC) in the country of operation and promoting Humanitarian researches,
- Advocating for implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and educating youth to influencing and monitoring the Humanitarian laws, policies and practices of state and non-state actors and of international and regional bodies and institutions,
- Empowering local leadership, & Localization.
- More realistic situational awareness,
- Factual assessment and communities’ participation,
- Respecting various levels of Humanitarian coordinations,
- Sustainable financial resources for Humanitarian action,
- Being part of the Humanitarian advocacy,
- Being prepared for emergencies and response,
- Encouraging Humanitarian innovations.