The European Network of NGOs in Afghanistan, ENNA, is a network of individual NGOs based in Europe who are actively involved in humanitarian and/or development assistance in Afghanistan.

where we work


our aims

The objective of ENNA is to collaborate on matters of mutual interest to support the people in Afghanistan, maintain Afghanistan on the international political agenda, strengthen and improve humanitarian assistance and development efforts in Afghanistan, by means of evidence based advocacy. 

ENNA is well placed to engage and consult with European National Governments and the European Institutions on policy topics relating to Afghanistan. The diverse nature of the membership which incorporates NGOs from across Europe working throughout Afghanistan on a wide variety of humanitarian, reconstruction and development programmes enables ENNA to provide consistent high quality information to, and to engage in informed debate with donors, parliamentarians, the media and other organisations/individuals with an interest in Afghanistan.

our organisation

European NGOs have a long history of working in Afghanistan. Several members of ENNA have been engaged in development cooperation and humanitarian assistance on the ground in Afghanistan for more than thirty years and ENNA has therefore been recognised as a source of expertise on Afghanistan. 

ENNA was established in 2004 and is since 2016 organised as an informal network without permanent office and staff. A member organisation is elected annually by members to to coordinate matters relating to the network, its communication and actions. Face-to-face meetings are held at least two times per year.


our work

  • Hedvig04 April 2018
    Recently, 5 reports have been published by international NGOs and human rights organisations on the dire situation for Afghan returnees and IDPs. In this paper, BAAG provides a synthesis of the findings and recommendations of those reports which offer important, evidence-based insight into how to improve the situation in general and provide better policy responses to the protection and humanitarian assistance needs of Afghans being displaced or returning to their country. Please click here to read the report: Return and Displacement in Afghanistan.    
  • Hedvig16 March 2018
    Commissioned by Oxfam and SCA, with support from CAFOD, this new report offers a comprehensive evaluation of aid effectiveness in Afghanistan. Ten years after Oxfam's and ACBAR's 2008 report on aid effectiveness, it assesses to what extent the international community and the Afghan government are fulfilling their commitments to aid effectiveness. While aid effectiveness has increased in importance with less financial flows to Afghanistan, challenges such as ineffective financial management and corruption still persist. International donors have become more critical about the performance of the government, but also need to realise that they play an important role in creating an environment in which aid can be more effective.   To read the report, please click here: Aid Effectiveness in Afhganistan, March 2018.
  • Hedvig13 October 2014
      London/Brussels, October 2014 - Women’s rights and gender inequity was a key justification for the international intervention in Afghanistan in 2001.  Consequently millions of pounds have been spent in Afghanistan on programmes to raise the voice of Afghan women, to improve their education levels, to support their return to employment, to increase their political and social participation.  But how successful have these programmes been ? A new report of the network BAAG, with cooperation of ENNA, is a roadmap to practitioners as well as the donor community on the importance of effective gender programming. 
  • Hedvig06 June 2014
    Brussels, 2 June 2014 -  With this new consultation meeting, NATO wanted to provide an opportunity for civil society experts from NATO member and partner countries to discuss Women, Peace and Security priorities with NATO staff members. At the same time, NATO wanted to solicit views and recommendations from the participants, including AWN (Afghan Women’s Network) and  ENNA.   One of the main topics that was discussed, was how to protect women’s security during NATO-led Operations, as in Afghanistan. Strong recommendations came out of this meeting
  • Hedvig17 March 2014
    Since the ratification of the National Action Plan for Women of Afghanistan (NAPWA) in 2008, positive changes are most visible in the education and health sectors. Extensive efforts to raise community awareness about the need for and benefits of girls’ education, women’s reproductive health and hygiene, and women’s legal rights have been made. These efforts have proved effective in the sense that communities have improved understanding, recognition, and perceptions about women’s rights in society in many respects. This concludes a new study, done by APPRO (Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization).
  • Hedvig03 March 2014
    Global Witness and Integrity Watch Afghanistan called on the Afghan to commit to stronger protections against conflict and corruption fuelled by natural resources. “The measures we are calling for are easy wins for Afghanistan,” Stephen Carter of Global Witness said. “But they are also vitally important tools against abuses.  Far from being an obstacle, good governance is essential if Afghanistan’s natural resources are to actually benefit the Afghan people.”
  • Hedvig27 February 2014
    At this time of transition and uncertainty it is critical that the UN Security Council fulfils its obligations towards the Afghan people in promoting security and stability. As a diverse group of civil society organisations, to which ENNA belongs, working to support sustainable development, the promotion of justice and respect for human rights in Afghanistan, we are concerned that the significant gains that have been made in the last decade may be lost.
  • Hedvig05 February 2014
    Brussels/Kabul, 17 Feb 2014 – Due to the pressure of women in and outside Afghanistan and of the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, who was informed by ENNA, the Afghanistan's President Karzai has refused to sign a new discriminatory law. The new "Criminal Procedure Code" had been denounced clearly as a major setback for women's rights. Now it will not come into force unless the Minister of Justice makes important changes to this piece of legislation. Consultations with Women's Rights groups are taking place. "We are cautiously optimistic. Our real success is to see our amendments in the revised version of the law", says Afghan Women's Network.
  • Hedvig03 February 2014
    The report "Envisioning Afghanistan Post 2014. Perspectives and Strategies for Constructive Conflict Resolution from the Neighbourhood" has been written by 60 multidisciplinary experts from the entire region.  It mainly proposes the Afghan Foreign Policy to be based on the concept of neutrality. ENNA participated in the debate.
  • Hedvig03 February 2014
      ENNA introduced its member NGO’s to the key European decision makers in the European Parliamant. The challenges and opportunities of development cooperation and humanitarian aid in 2014 and beyond was discussed. The European policy for Afghanistan for the coming 7 years is being drafted right now. 
  • Hedvig30 January 2014
    European NGOs will attempt to maintain the current levels of activity in Afghanistan. No NGO has plans to leave the country. But they are prepared for 3 scenario’s : positive, negative or worst case scenario.  
  • Hedvig11 December 2013
        An independent review found that ‘significant progress’ has been made in implementing UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security in NATO-led operations in Afghanistan, but said there is ‘ample room for improvement’. At NATO Headquarters, ENNA was present and stressed the need to coordinate international efforts and focus on implementation in order to “translate words into action”.
  • Hedvig29 November 2013
    European donors are committed to Afghanistan. Yet, given the complex challenges that lie ahead donor commitments cannot be taken for granted. Despite the urgent need for more effective management of development cooperation and humanitarian aid and the procedural changes introduced by the TMAF, European donors still lack a common voice. Managing complexity and uncertainty  through improved donor coordination will be key in the decade of transformation.    
  • Hedvig15 November 2013
    ENNA in Dutch newspaper 'de Volkskrant', published on 15 November 2013 :  "The presidential elections  are already lost for Afghan women"
  • Hedvig01 November 2013
    Women’s security is deteriorating in Afghanistan, in particular in the rural areas, according to a ongoing survey of APPRO(Afghanistan Public Policy Reasearch Org.) and AWN (Afghan Women's Network) and CORDAID, member of ENNA.  
  • Hedvig31 October 2013
    To provide policymakers with opinions from those directly supporting and delivering Afghan development, ENNA and BAAG surveyed their members from 1st to 15th October 2013, presenting them 12 questions about conditionality of development aid to Afghanistan. The opinions on this issue are well divided, but a convincing majority doesn’t believe conditionality would be an effective measure. That is the main conclusion of the survey.  
  • Super User16 October 2013
    Brussels,  15 October 2013   Dear Secretary General,   With the mandate of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan coming to an end soon, ENNA, the European network of more than 30 humanitarian and development organizations active in Afghanistan, wishes to acknowledge the positive developments in Afghanistan but also wishes to highlight areas of concern and to make recommendations to improve the security and welfare of Afghan men, women and children. 
  • Hedvig15 October 2013
     Only 1 per cent of the Afghan National Police is female. Although female police are vital for Afghan women to be able to report crimes and access desperately-needed justice, few women in Afghanistan will ever encounter one.   Further action is urgently needed to recruit, train, retain and protect Afghan female police officers. This is critical for upholding the rights of Afghan women and girls and can contribute to sustainable peace and development efforts in Afghanistan.
  • Hedvig05 June 2013
    Brussels, June 3, 2013 - Now that the official peace talks have started, provisionally only with the United States and the Taliban involved, the question is what the people of Afghanistan themselves are expecting from those negotiations, and if and how ordinary Afghans will be involved in the peace process.
  • Hedvig20 February 2013
    The $16 billion aid pledge by the international donors and new strong commitments made by the Afghan Government are the most significant outcomes of the conference in Tokyo, held in July 2012. ENNA believes that the outcomes of Tokyo are positive and important for the future of the Afghans.   There is a clear funding commitment on the part of donors for the next three years and also the likelihood of major aid transfers through 2017. It also ensures an ongoing focus on the Afghan Government’s performance in critical areas, such as progress on human rights, the fight against poverty and against corruption. This is in line with ENNA’s view that both the quantity and quality of aid are important issues to consider. However, ENNA is concerned about the implementation of those commitments, since there is a big gap between the goals expressed and the reality on the ground.There is the urgent need for more clarity and concrete actions, that benefit the ordinary Afghans.   Read ENNA’s recommendations for policy-makers on these issues in : ENNA Making Tokyo happen  
  • kazik10 May 2012
    The coming NATO Summit in Chicago will decide on the next steps on transition in Afghanistan and beyond 2014. The European Network of NGOs in Afghanistan highlights the importance of building a strong civilian oversight and accountability mechanisms to ensure that the Afghan National Security Forces operate under democratic control and are fully respectful of legality and human rights.
  • 09 September 2011
    On his first day in office the new EUSR Vygaudas Ušackas received a letter from ENNA members. Members highlighted the need for: stronger support to sub national governance; protection of EU's reputation as a non-military donor in Afghanistan and meaningful inclusion of Afghan women in reintegration programmes and reconciliation talks.
  • 09 September 2011
    At the start of European Development days 2011,  ENNA calls for greater cohesion in the European support to Afghanistan.  
  • 09 September 2011
    Together with BAAG and CCIC, ENNA forwarded the attached letter to the NATO Secretary General, ahead of the NATO Summit meetings of Heads of State and Government in Strasbourg, France and Kehl, Germany on 3-4 April 2009.
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