Healthy Families, Healthy Societies

Project completed

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.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Afghanistan
Education
Human rights
Agriculture & food security
Basic life skills
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
Agricultural water resources
01.07.2014 - 30.06.2017
CHF 624'497
Background

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.

Objectives

To enable families to make informed decisions for improving their living conditions

Target groups

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.

Medium-term outcomes

 

  • 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
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    Results

    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 SDC
    Credit area Development cooperation
    Project partners Contract partner
    International or foreign NGO
    • Afghan Education Production Organization (AEPO)


    Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   624'497 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   609'192
    Project phases

    Phase 5 01.07.2014 - 30.06.2017   (Completed)

    Phase 4 01.07.2010 - 30.06.2013   (Completed)