Healthy Families, Healthy Societies
The project will use creative radio dramas, feature programs and complementary print and online outputs to raise awareness and enable women, men and youth to make informed decisions in the areas of elections and civic engagement, sustainable livelihoods and economic opportunities, healthy eating practices to combat nutrient deficiencies and food-related health problems in children and adults, and water management including drinking water and irrigation.
Agriculture & food security
Basic life skills
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
Agricultural water resources
- Women and men have increased awareness of elections, sustainable income opportunities, water management and nutrition
- AEPO has increased its capacity to better design, manage and sustain educational media projects
- Afghan Education Production Organization (AEPO)
In the face of upcoming political and security transitions, preventing economic regression is critical to maintain social gains seen in recent years. Given the persevering poverty in Afghanistan more is needed to focus on long term sustainable economic development including efforts that engage women and youth. For some 30% of Afghans, getting enough food is a constant struggle. The challenge is amplified by rising food prices. Afghanistan has the world’s highest rate of stunting in children under five. Likewise, availability of sufficient water for domestic and agricultural use continues to be a serious struggle for most Afghans. Radio still is the most utilized media in rural Afghanistan. It makes a real difference in raising awareness about development challenges and in changing behavior.
To enable families to make informed decisions for improving their living conditions
AEPO programming reaches both rural and urban audiences. Around 8.2 million Afghan adults (aged 15 and older) listen to one or more of AEPO’s drama and feature programs through the BBC World Service - about 39% of the Afghan adult population. BBC has a nationwide broadcasting. Its audiences are high in some of the provinces, such as Kandahar, Helmand, Paktya and Khost, where the security situation makes field work difficult. Hence, people do not have other alternatives to receive information and gain knowledge than through media.
Results from previous phases:
Afghan Education Production Organization (AEPO) programs have educated and raised awareness levels of Afghan people, particularly the illiterate, in topics such as health, agriculture/farming, and conflict resolution. For example, 65% of AEPO listeners reported awareness, about HIV/AIDS and 57% (baseline 27%) about a woman’s right to choose whom to marry.
|Directorate/federal office responsible||
International or foreign NGO
|Budget||Current phase Swiss budget CHF 624'497 Swiss disbursement to date CHF 609'192|
Phase 5 01.07.2014 - 30.06.2017 (Completed)Phase 4 01.07.2010 - 30.06.2013 (Completed)