To reach to its developmental objectives, and to further its civil society role in Afghanistan, ACTD is working through the following five strategies which form a complementary and holistic set of developmental approaches.
At the core of civil society development program of ACTD lies the institutional development strategy whereby partner civil society organizations, governmental agencies, professional institutions and community-based organizations are supported through need-oriented and participatory technical assistance in development of systems, structures and procedures. Institutional development is a targeted, need-based, and multi-phased strategic approach of ACTD towards the organizational development of Afghan partners, carried out in a collaborative and participatory way.
Provision of Services
ACTD provides a set of selected developmental services in public health, community development, development of cadres, and protection and empowerment of marginalized and vulnerable groups (such as women, youth and people with disabilities) along with provision of humanitarian services throughout Afghanistan. These services are mostly provided at the community level in response to the most striking needs of the people. Besides reaching to the striking needs of the communities, the provision of services directly to the target beneficiaries lends ACTD the opportunity to work with other developmental actors to promote best practices in service delivery.
Training, Awareness-Raising and Skill Building
Development of the knowledge and skills of professional public health and developmental workers is deemed as cornerstone in development of systems and institutions in Afghanistan. The protracted war and unrest in the country have resulted in significant shortage of educated workers and professionals in almost all sectors. ACTD not only target the training needs of professional workers, but it also promote awareness and knowledge of the community on priority issues such as health, education, human rights, peace, conflict resolution, access to justice and participation in developmental initiatives.
Advocacy and Influence
ACTD is taking the social and developmental agenda beyond mere need identification or service delivery. ACTD has been involved in advocacy for issues faced by the community and the civil society. The advocacy work is carried out in partnership with the community and other non-governmental agencies in order to promote community ownership of the developmental agenda. Using forums and approaches such as community dialogues, community-level seminars and symposia, national conferences, discussion forums with the parliamentarians and donors, and participatory assessment and researches, ACTD is playing vital role in influencing public policies and development of responsive national strategies.
Interaction and Linkage
Promotion of ties among the community, civil society, the government and the private sector is one of the highly needed functions of civil society organizations (CSOs) in Afghanistan. Along with other CSOs, ACTD is promoting enabling medium of communication and exchange of information among the four major spheres of nation – the community, civil society, private sector and the government. As a civil society organization, ACTD is not only advocating on behalf of the community and other CSOs, but it also play its role in promoting the developmental agenda of donors and the government in the community.