Afghan Health & Development Services
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Social Inclusion Grant (SIG)

This program is suspended by WB.

 SIGs are small grants provided by the Government to the community, via the CDCs, to help the most vulnerable households mitigate seasonal hunger during the lean season.

The objective of the SIG is to encourage and support collective action that helps to mitigate forms of extreme poverty (such as seasonal hunger, loss of access to interest-free borrowing and commercial loans) in households that have no able-bodied person and/or cannot meet their daily minimum food requirements.  These households are generally in the lowest Well Being Analysis (WBA) grouping and are often referred to as ‘very poor’.


It targets the very poor households in each community as identified by WBA process, especially (but not limited to) those headed by women, very old persons, physically disabled persons, and/or drug addicts in which there are no other able-bodied adult men. It will equal the monetary value of the community’s contribution towards the food/goods bank.  Under the SIG Sub-Program, the community mobilizes (through CDCs and its sub-committees) to collect food grains/specified goods for food/grain banks to be set up under the SIG. All donations, whether in cash, kind or labor, are always voluntary.

When the communities achieve the mobilization of grains/ cash equaling a sum of AFA 68,000 or more to qualify, the Government will match the funds raised by the community up to a sum of AFA 136,000/ community as the SIG.

To be considered contributions towards the SIG, community members can contribute food grains (rice and wheat), wheat flour, cooking oil, dried pulses, potatoes and other foods that are not quickly perishing. There is no minimum contribution per item per contributor imposed but contributors are encouraged to contribute at least 1 kilogram/ 1 liter.

In addition to food grains, the communities’ in-kind contributions can include heaters, heating fuel, bathing/ cloth washing soaps, blankets and other such non-perishable goods that may be of use in the vulnerable households without having to sell them first.


AHDS considers this pro-poor initiative (SIG) in the larger context of the CCNPP with its aim to strengthen CDCs in Uruzgan Province. SIG has the potential to make an important contribution towards this goal, and in addition works to build vertical and horizontal solidarity within communities to reduce poverty. AHDS social organizers support the CDC and the Vulnerable Group sub-committee and facilitate planning discussions with them and provide guidance for the mobilization of people (implementing the plans:  coordinating mobilizers to go door to door, collect the goods, document the goods, ensure their safe storage, and their equitable, fair, and well-targeted distribution (i.e. only to households in the very poor socio-economic grouping). Specific roles and responsibilities for AHDS include organizing the Vulnerable Group Committee and conducting an analysis with all committees with the CDC present about the negative impacts of seasonal hunger, in particular.


News & Events

Afghan Calendar 1401 (2022-23 AD) (1443-1444 Hijri)

AHDS Annual Report 2021 

DAWAM consortium undertook a survey to understand the type of assistance people primarily prefer and find supportive of their economic and social sustainability, click for the report.

Freshta Karimi, won the 26th International Human Rights "Ludovic-Trarieux" Prize awarded on 28th September 2021

N-Peace recognized, Mrs. Zarqa Yaftali, AHDS' Board Member, as Award 2019 winner for the on-the-ground action and powerful stories of peace-builders in Afghanistan. 

AHDS has been certified by ISO 9001:2015 as NGO working in health and social works. Certificate 1911QMS02

AHDS received the AICS Certificate and Award of Best Practice during the Stakeholders’ Coordination for CSOs Empowerment and Certified CSOs Award Ceremony on 31 Mar 2019 in Kabul Serena Hotel. Click here for details. 

AHDS received appreciation letters from the Local Government Authorities. Click here for details 

The Afghan Minister received the Best Minister Award in WGS 2019Click here for details. 

AHDS developed its five years Strategic Plan (2019-2023), Click here for details. 

AHDS received awards of best education programs from MoPH and AMNEAB in Kandahar and Urozgan provinces. Click here for details

Afghanistan's Ministry of Economics recognizes Afghan Health and Development Services (AHDS).   Click here to view certificate of recognition.

IRS form 990 click here




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