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Jayne Cravens, www.coyotecommunications.com

What I Did in (& have done for) Afghanistan

I was in Afghanistan from March 1 to the end of August, 2007, under contract from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and seconded to the National Area-Based Development Programme (NABDP), part of the Afghan Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD). My title was Communications and Reporting Advisor. I've continued to work remotely, pro bono, with people in the country that are working for MRRD.

Here's what I did in-country in Afghanistan:


Here's what I have done after leaving Afghanistan in 2007, pro bono, for Afghan staff in-country:


My time in Afghanistan, as well as Egypt and Jordan, lead me to develop:

I wish I had created and delivered some workshops on volunteering for NGOs in Kabul. It wasn't part of my UNDP contract, so I would have had to do it on my own time. But I wish I had. There are so many NGOs in Kabul - there were a lot back in 2007. They really could have used guidance on the fundamentals of effective volunteer engagement, and some advanced training on keeping women and children safe within program delivery.

One of the biggest things I learned while in Kabul was about the realities of economic development activities. Namely, what's NOT needed in most cases is another handicraft program. I also learned that poverty isn't beautiful nor romantic.  


My photos from my first two months (March - April 2007) in Afghanistan


My photos from visiting Panshir in May, 2007


My photos from my last four months (May - August 2007) in Afghanistan

Also see:

 The Last Virtual Volunteering Guidebook

available for purchase as a paperback & an ebook

from Energize, Inc.
Completely revised and updated, & includes lots more advice about microvolunteering!
Published January 2014.

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