Afghanistan & Pakistan


In Afghanistan and Pakistan, development progress has been threatened by decades of conflict and insecurity. Since the early 1990s, Creative has been a committed partner to the residents of both countries, helping to stabilize vulnerable communities, expand employment and build quality education delivery systems, even in the most crisis-affected areas.

When conflict disrupted the education system and caused well-trained Afghans to flee the country, for example, Creative partnered with the emerging private sector to rebuild these skills among residents, creating demand-driven training and job placement programs that have helped more than 21,000 Afghans land a position or secure a promotion.

Recognizing that a full recovery requires more than livelihoods, Creative’s programs in the region have helped to strengthen trust between the government and vulnerable communities and have worked to ensure that students master literacy so they can contribute to economic development and peace in their countries.


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Insights Blog

  • Working in Afghanistan to support education during COVID-19
    Creative’s Susan Hirsch-Ayari discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic is compounding the challenges to education in Afghanistan and highlights how the Afghan Children Read project is supporting parents to keep their children engaged in learning.
  • Global examples of reconciliation to support peace in Afghanistan
    A research task force from American University, guided by a former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, draws on Creative’s experience to make informed recommendations for reconciliation efforts in one of the world’s most complex countries.
  • Potential game-changers of Afghanistan’s economy
    Nargis Nehan, Afghanistan’s former Minister of Mines and Petroleum, lays out her recommendations for advancing women’s economic empowerment and making women-owned businesses a central piece of Afghanistan’s economic growth.
  • Afghanistan: All roads lead to reintegration
    How might former Taliban fighters be reintegrated in Afghanistan? In this blog, Creative’s Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration expert Dean Piedmont calls for a community-based, non-linear approach.

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