The number of jobs we have helped create so far


Hand in Hand Afghanistan

Hand in Hand Afghanistan was established in 2007 in direct response to a personal appeal by President Hamid Karzai to our co-founder Percy Barnevik. Today, Hand in Hand Afghanistan operates in seven provinces with its stronghold in the northern province of Balkh.

Abdul Rahim Nasry, the CEO of HiH Afghanistan, was recently asked to speak at the Cambridge International Development Conference. Read his presentation on why job creation matters in post-conflict Afghanistan.

Results snapshot from Afghanistan: April 2013 – September 2013

Generating businesses and jobs


Encouraging saving and training for business success


Looking ahead: Hand in Hand Afghanistan in 2016

Hand in Hand paused recruitment in the six months between September 2013 and March 2014. Read Hand in Hand Afghanistan's strategic plan to find out how we'll be stepping up recruitment over the next two years.

Now is a crucial time for Afghanistan. A new president is incoming. The International Security Assistance Force is leaving. And unemployment, particularly among rural women, is endemic.

Despite uncertainty over the Afghanistan’s future – or indeed because of it – Hand in Hand is committed to staying in the country. In fact, we’re expanding. We recently entered our eighth operating province in the country, where we’ll be targeting 70 percent women. It’s a goal without precedent in hyper-patriarchal Afghanistan, where, countrywide, female labor participation languishes at 16 percent. To discuss our work in Afghanistan, including our plans to move into two new provinces, please contact Josefine Lindänge.