The British Council has secured a contract extension for the management of the Tawanmandi programme in Afghanistan until July 2015, from DFID and Nordic donors. 

The programme, which was originally due to end in July 2013, has helped strengthen civil society organisations in Afghanistan in order to improve the government’s accountability, responsiveness and respect for human rights.

The extension is a testament to the significant achievements the programme has made, and is a sign of confidence in the British Council’s effective delivery and implementation of the programme in the challenging operational environment of Afghanistan.

Tawanmandi provides capacity development opportunities and funding to civil society organisations, covering five key areas: human rights, access to justice, peace-building and conflict resolution, anti-corruption and media. It also focuses on the needs of priority groups, including women, youth and people with disabilities. Through pilot grants alone, the programme has engaged 39,320 people, of whom 47 per cent are women.

Key areas the extension period will cover include:

  • An increased budget for grants, to allow for demonstrable impact across a range of civil society organisations in key programme sectors throughout Afghanistan
  • The continuation of a core programme team in Kabul 
  • The hiring of regional managers and support staff to help with communication and with monitoring and support projects in priority regions outside of Kabul.

The extension period will also include technical support for the transition of Tawanmandi to an Afghan owned organisation by July 2015. This is part of a wider strategy of enabling the sustainability of development interventions in Afghanistan.

Read our project case study.

Visit the Tawanmandi website.