Emergency communication systems installed in 187 villages.


“AKAH takes a coordinated and proactive approach to help communities reduce disaster risk,” said Shodmon Hojibekov, CEO, AKAH Afghanistan.

“First, we work with communities to take measures to prevent problems – by building walls or planting trees to slow a landslide or promoting safer building techniques and planning. Next, we make sure communities are trained and know when and where to evacuate or are equipped to provide first aid and emergency rescue if disaster strikes. Finally, we help them build back better when the worst happens.”


AKAH has worked on disaster risk reduction in Afghanistan since 2008, strengthening the capacity of communities and the authorities to assess, prepare for and respond to disasters. We have worked with nearly 800 communities to assess the risks and vulnerability they face to multiple natural hazards, and to implement measures to mitigate these risks. We continue to update these assessments and expand these measures.

This year, we worked with the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, on a resilient housing project. Twenty-five skilled labourers learned how to construct safe houses, rehabilitate them when needed and retrofit dwellings against earthquakes, floods, debris flows, avalanches and other natural disasters. The theoretical session covered hazard identification, site selection, building typology, masonry structures, concrete structures and safety in construction. Participants then put their knowledge into practice, building their skills in everything from stone masonry to carpentry as they constructed a model house under the guidance of an AKAH engineer.