Every Voice Counts – Afghanistan

Decades of war have made Afghanistan one of the toughest places on Earth for women. According to the country’s Central Statistics Organization, roughly 84 percent of women and girls in Afghanistan are illiterate and have no formal education. Women also face different types of domestic violence and figures from the UN and a study by Global Rights indicate that over 61 percent of women experience multiple forms of abuse.

It is under this backdrop that in 2016 The Hague Academy for Local Governance joined forces with Care International to provide trainings on inclusive governance for civil society organisations (CSOs) and local authorities in Afghanistan as part of the 5-year programme titled Every Voice Counts (EVC). The programme is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


  1. Promoting effective and inclusive decision-making processes, especially for women.
  2. Working with three national NGOs, 16 local civil society organisations to have good advocacy efforts for excluded groups.
  3. Working with the local authorities to ensure a safe space for all these groups.


15 days of training were conducted trainings to strengthen the capacity of local authorities and CSOs on issues related to inclusive governance


  • Care Netherlands