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SCA launches its 5-year strategic plan

SCA launches its 5-year strategic plan

Nov 09, 2017 - 17:37

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) on Thursday announced launching its new “Strategic Plan for the years of 2018 – 2021 to work against poverty, violence and discrimination in Afghanistan.

“I am pleased to announce the launching of SCA’s new Strategic Plan. We commit ourselves to continue our support to our target groups: the women, children, persons with disabilities, refugees and rural communities in Afghanistan,” a statement from the SCA quoted Andreas Stefansson, secretary general of the organization as saying.

He said their mission was to contribute to empowerment, full participation in society and for people to have means to influence their own development.

He said the strategic plan set five interrelated strategic objectives covering the areas of health, education, community-driven development, public and political commitment for the rights of the people in Afghanistan and organisational development of SCA.

“The plan also identifies a new target group: returnees to Afghanistan. Our focus is on the most vulnerable people in Afghan society who live mainly in rural areas and we continue with our existing core activities within education, health and rural development,” Stefansson said.

“As the large number of returnees also has meant an increased need for support in the regions where we are present, we have identified this group as an additional target group besides the ones we have today,” he added.

He said that rights based approach, gender mainstreaming, community governance, civil society support, synergies and conflict sensitivity were approaches applied by SCA for successful and effective implementation of activities. 

“We move forward with 35 years of development work in Afghanistan. SCA has a long-term commitment for the people of Afghanistan and I am proud and inspired by our over 5,000 afghan staff that work tirelessly for a better Afghanistan. We will stay as long as we are needed,” he concluded.