The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) is working in Afghanistan since 1980. SCA’s vision is an independent Afghanistan in peace, where human rights are respected, rural communities are empowered and all Afghans have the right and opportunity to democratic participation in the governance of their country.
The work encompasses programmes for education, health, support to persons with disabilities and rural development. There are also support units for all programme activities relating to quality assurance, civil society, human rights & gender and communications. SCA has more than 5 000 employees, of whom 99 % are Afghans. SCA’s main target group is the rural population, specifically women and girls. Operations include capacity development, advocacy and service delivery. The work is always conducted in close cooperation with the local population. The management office is situated in Kabul, while operations are carried out in 14 provinces from five project offices and four field offices.
The Ministry of Justice (the “MOJ”) is the central institution in the executive branch of Afghanistan’s government for upholding the rule of law. It is responsible for much of the government’s judicial affairs and often serves as a primary link between the Afghan people and the court system of the country. It also serves as a conduit between line ministries wanting draft laws passed and the Council of Ministers (“COM”), which is tasked with promulgating such laws. The MOJ functions in a number of areas, including policy formulation, regulation, performance-monitoring, supervision and coordination, as well as in delivering legal services and support to others in the government and the public.
In the framework of its comprehensive approach, the European Union launched their police mission in Afghanistan on 15th of June 2007. EUPOL Afghanistan followed Germany in the lead concerning the police reform and builds on the efforts of the EU Member States and other international actors in the field of police and the rule of law. On 18 May 2010, the Council of the European Union has extended the EUPOL Mission’s mandate for a period of three years, until 31 May 2013. The mission aims at contributing to the establishment of sustainable and effective civilian policing arrangements under Afghan ownership and in accordance with international standards. More particularly, the mission monitors, mentors, advises and trains at the level of the Afghan Ministry of Interior, regions and provinces. Further the Mission will support the reform process towards a trusted and efficient police service, which works in accordance with international standards, within the framework of the rule of law and respect human rights.