The community-based initiatives programme was implemented in Afghanistan in 1996. The programme was initially implemented in Tamirat village in the Behsud district of Nangarhar province but has since been expanded to cover a population of 157 460 in 21 districts.
The programme supports a range of activities including: health care, skills development, literacy, improved drinking-water and sanitation and income-generating activities.
The programme has been successful in many areas, including increasing literacy rates, expanding immunization coverage, increasing access to safe drinking-water, improving sanitation and increasing people's vocational skills in programme-implementing areas.
Key partners of the programme in Afghanistan include the World Food Programme, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development.