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Latest Updates Youth Empowerment Programme Update The youth in Afghanistan experience an inadequate services delivery. The youth who are newly returned, internally displaced and are vulnerable, are suffering from negative effects such as physical and mental health issues, poor education, financial uncertainty, lack of employment opportunities, social disconnection and mistrust, and general insecurity. Due to a lack of job opportunities they tend to be engaged in illegal activities such as drug use, petty crime and joining the insurgency. Some of them also consider illegal migration to other countries as they struggle for a brighter future owing to the lack of opportunities to become an active member of their community in Afghanistan. Under the BRD social protection programme, it is our aim to empower the youth to bring about positive change and social cohesion to their communities. This is in order to reduce vulnerability among the youth and reduce risky behaviour, including irregular migration. The major focus of the program to provide skills and tools to the unemployed and vulnerable youths. It is hope that this results in a feeling of empowerment and their capacity is enhanced to support their families and become agent of change in their community and society. Under the programme, BRD started a new project in Jalal Abad city of Ningarhar
province with the objective of strengthening the skill sets and financial security of vulnerable youth through provision of vocational training and access to the job market in order to be able to earn sufficient income to support their families.
Established in 2002 and previously known as the Bureau for Reconstruction and Development, the Bureau for Rights-Based Development (BRD) is a registered Afghan non-profit, non-governmental development organization that aims to implement and promote rights-based development for a strong, viable, and pluralistic society in Afghanistan.
BRDâ€™s vision is of an Afghanistan where the entire population lives with improved livelihood, social justice, integrity and prosperity. Where all human rights, including the rights of women and children, are recognized, upheld and respected, and where citizens have an active role in determining the values, direction and governance of their communities and country - for the benefit of all.
BRD is dedicated to creating an environment in which men and women are able to improve their standards of living through the equitable and sustainable use of resources, with special attention to vulnerable groups of society, particularly women and children.
Save an Afghan Street Child with Education From 2012 to 2016 a total of 64 children have been supported and integrated into the formal school system, informal education and vocational training, such as child social and financial education. From mid 2016 to date 8 more children have been enrolled in formal schools system. In addition to that 400 schoolchildren, who were at risk of dropping out of school, due to the poor economic status of their families, who could not afford school stationery and study materials for their children. The contributions from B1G1 alongside BRDs own project funds are used to provide these students with stationery and study materials in the Eastern Region of Afghanistan. BRD is currently in the process of identifying and selecting a group of street children who we will then work with and with their families to identify potential livelihood options to enable these families to send their children to school. BRD will select 5-8 street children depending on the livelihood option and will support them in order to allow these children to start their education at a formal or informal school setting.
Commitment: BRD is committed to delivering quality services to its target group based on their needs, to continuous improvement and innovations, and to effective collaboration with our stakeholders and society at large for positive and sustainable change. Integrity: We conduct ourselves at all times in a manner that is ethical, legal, and professional, with the highest degree of honesty, respect and fairness. Accountability: We promote openness and transparency in our operations, ensuring that we are accountable for our actions at all times.
Respect: Regardless of gender, caste, religion, language, or ethnic considerations, BRD treats all segments of society without prejudice. Impartiality: We are impartial in our actions. The delivery of our services is based on the needs of our target groups, without consideration of nationality, race, religion, or political point of view.
BRD aims to encourage and support beneficiaries to switch from a passive role to an active role of right holders, taking responsibility for their own development. This leads to increased ownership and sustainability of development efforts.
The BRD exists to develop a pluralistic society in Afghanistan where human rights are respected and citizens are empowered to improve their standard of living. The human rightsbased approach to poverty eradication and development lies at the very heart of BRDâ€™s work. BRDâ€™s approach to poverty eradication starts with the connection between poverty and human rights, from the perspective of people living in poverty. As a development organisation, BRD understands needs as the basis for claiming human rights, and supports marginalized people in their efforts to claim their rights.
Viktoria van den Hövel
I am a capacity development consultant, originally from Hungary, currently living in the Netherlands. For most of my career, I have been moving back-and-forth between the corporate and the nonprofit sectors, often facilitating the collaboration between the two; and I have always been passionate about the topic of sustainable development. This year, after several years in the corporate world, I have decided to take a break and re-evaluate how I can create more meaning and impact through my day-to-day work. As part of this process, I have decided to look for opportunities to volunteer, focusing on projects related to sustainable development. Participating in the substantial review of BRD’s 2018-2021 Strategic Plan has been an incredibly rewarding experience: not only I could contribute to the important work that BRD is doing in Afghanistan, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and learnt a lot, too. Thus far I had only done similar work for organisations with a global outreach, and this was the first time that I have got some valuable insight into a country-specific situation, how community-based organisations operate, and how the SDGs can be translated to local level. I’m really excited to see the final Strategic Plan itself, as well as the execution of the plan, and I wish the BRD team the best of success achieving all the objectives that have been set.
Thematic Insights Celebrating the ‘International Day of the Girl’, BRD recommits to helping women and girls. On October 11, 2012, the United Nations established “International Day of the Girl” to be observed on this day each year to highlight the challenges young women face globally based on their gender and to celebrate the successful emergence of girls in global leadership. We at BRD recognise that girls face obstacles, including access to education, as still the majority of the girls in Afghanistan have no access to education. According to the Ministry of Education, around 3.5 mil-
lion of school age children have no access to education, where 2 of the 3 children are girls. According to their statistics 50 per cent of the schools have no buildings and 33 per cent of schools do not have adequate drinking water facilities for safe consumption. At present, there are 7 million children are going to school, only 37 per cent of them are girls. Violence against women and girls in Afghanistan is a major health and human-rights challenge. And in each phase of their life, from infancy through childhood, adolescence and adulthood, women are subjected to physical and psychological abuse. Unfortunately, the complex traditions of Afghan
society have added to the difficulties in addressing the many challenges and dangers Afghan women face as a result of violence, discrimination, harassment and physical torture. BRD is proud to be one of the contributors for promoting women’s rights, advocating for the capacity of women to lead civic society organisations, providing access to education and affording women economic empowerment, under different programmess. Today we honour Afghan women and girls and recommit to education, women’s leadership, economic empowerment, environmental safety and justice and making our planet a healthy, equitable, and sustainable home.
World Clean Up Day 15 September 2018
Let’s Do It! Foundation is an accredited member of UNEP and unites a network of 113 countries. Let’s Do It! Foundation’s new initiative calls 150 countries to join the World Cleanup Day on 15th of September 2018 with the aim to mobilize hundreds of millions of people in a single day event to clean up illegal waste. This action serves the purpose of starting a rapid change for a cleaner planet. Established in Estonia, the movement has since 2008 engaged more than 18 million people in nationwide cleanup campaigns and zero waste initiatives because tackling waste pollution, adopting sustainable waste management systems, redesigning and innovating for maximum material recovery will play a significant role in reaching the goals for sustainable development.
www.brd.org.af /donations/ Educate a Child for a Day for $2.00 Help to change the course of Afghan street children’s lives by sponsoring their education. Instead of begging, scavenging through rubbish or selling plastic materials, proper education will equip the children with literacy and technical skills required to make them financially competent, allowing them to support their families in a sustainable way. This project aims to enroll the street children into the formal education system but if their situation doesn’t permit this, vocational training will be the alternative way out. Your contribution will cover the estimated cost of one day of schooling or training, and materials required for the learning of an Afghan street child.
BRD International Engagement Let’s Do It! Foundation was honoured with European Citizen’s Prize
The European Citizen’s Prize is given every year to projects and initiatives that contribute to European cooperation and the promotion of common values. Let’s Do It! Foundation was the only Estonian organization to receive this honourable prize. “Above all, this award is for all the great people in the Let’s Do It! network around the world. It’s for people who have worked selflessly for a waste free world and who have dedicated a countless number of volunteering hours to make their countries a better place for everyone. These people have not only participated in cleanups but have also contributed towards an overall awareness and the systemic change necessary when it comes to the waste problem, active citizenship, and our planet in general,” said Heidi Solba, the Head of Network Development and Support, of Let’s Do It! World. She emphasised that the greatest achievement is still a work in progress. Let’s Do It Foundation is bringing together 150 countries and a variety of organisations around the world for a massive World Cleanup Day on the 15th of September 2018. “We’re honoured to receive such recognition, but our work is far from over. Statistics about the waste pollution and the plastic problem are
alarming and we need a greater international cooperation and awareness to stand up against this threat. World Cleanup Day will be a positive action to take the first big step in making an impact and moving towards better policies,” she added.
The European Citizen’s Prize
Since 2008 the Parliament awards the European Citizen’s Prize every year to projects and initiatives that facilitate cross-border cooperation or promote mutual understanding within the EU. The prize, which has symbolic value, is also intended to acknowledge the work of those who through their day-to-day activities promote European values. This year’s winners include 49 people and organisations from 26 EU countries. Parliament Vice-President Sylvie Guillaume, a French member of the S&D group, said: “The European Parliament is here to shed a light on these successful projects. Our citizens have a voice, and the European Citizen’s Prize perfectly demonstrates that we are listening to them.” Every Parliament member has the right to nominate one person or organisation for the prize and national juries made up of MEPs rank nominees from their country in order of preference. The final decision on laureates is taken by a central jury headed by Vice-President Guillaume.
Issue 2 of BRD's monthly publication.