CW4WAfghan works to ensure donor dollars are used effectively and transparently to undertake responsible and sustainable development programming in the challenging environment of Afghanistan.
Through our long-term commitment and effective education projects, CW4WAfghan has been able to improve the lives of tens of thousands of women and girls in Afghanistan. It is, however, the Afghans themselves who have accomplished the real ground-breaking change in their country.
We’re accountable. Afghanistan presents a complex and challenging environment in which to manage development projects. It’s true that corruption and waste can be rampant, and business opportunism often tries to pass for genuine charitable objectives. That’s why we’ve worked hard since our establishment in 1998 to constantly evolve a system of accountability. We use numerous policies, checks and tools to ensure financial accountability including the prevention of fraud, results for investment, sustainability of projects, and quality control. We closely monitor all projects, work with our partners to strengthen their capacity in areas such as good governance and project management, and we enforce a zero tolerance policy for financial mismanagement (click here to view our Anti-Corruption Policy). We are audited annually and our financial statements are publicly viewable on our website. Our Project Management Team, including our Finance Managers in both Afghanistan and Canada regularly monitor expenditures, receipts and reporting. Close monitoring of all projects is undertaken by our staff team in Kabul, under the coordination of the Monitoring & Evaluation Senior Officer.
We’re small and therefore nimble. The small budgets of many of our projects make project operations manageable and allow us maximum control over their outcomes. We enjoy close collaborative relationships with our implementing partner organizations and we have an accurate picture of the evolution of our projects on a daily basis as a result of our hands-on approach and our consistent interest in capacity building for better project results. Our Project Management Team applies their collective expertise in project management, budgeting and sustainable planning, and works closely with our team of Afghan field staff who manage our Country Office in Kabul. Both Canadian and Afghan team members contribute to monitoring and evaluation activities, regularly collecting data as projects are implemented, in order to evaluate progress towards results. The modest budgets of our projects help ensure resources are stretched to maximum effect, leaving little room for waste.
We’re long-term. We select our partners carefully and then commit to supporting them for many years. These long-term relationships mean that we can build on results from one year to the next, continuously improving our methods and impact, and documenting our lessons learned. We can work with our partners to improve their capacity to run excellent projects and to meet new needs as they emerge. We understand and listen to our partners, who in turn understand the communities where they work, and we rely on mutual trust as the basis of these sustained relationships. Further, CW4WAfghan has a long-term presence in several provinces where we have implemented educational activities over a period of years, so we have a good grasp on local needs, challenges, as well as acceptance in the communities where we work.
We’re global citizens. We do this work not for financial gain or credit, but because we are deeply committed to the human right to education and to standing by the women and girls of Afghanistan as they seek to empower themselves. We are ordinary people from all walks of life who give our skills and time to a common purpose. We want to see results from our work, and we want to be accountable to our many supporters and donors who have placed their trust in our project management.
We have low administrative costs (3%). Our staff, executive and volunteers all operate with minimal overhead, ensuring that funds are directed to the targeted programs and beneficiaries in Afghanistan. Our expenses are kept to a minimum through volunteer contributions, by maximizing in-kind services and by taking advantage of the cost-savings offered by modern means of electronic communication such as SKYPE, texting, email and social media tools, working from our own residences and reducing operation expenses for rent and utilities, etc. Because of this organizational structure, every dollar donated will be spent towards directly impacting the quality and sustainability of our education programs for Afghan women and girls and for CW4WAfghan as an organization. Please note that if donors choose to contribute using CanadaHelps.org, that website charges 4% from your donation for their service.
CW4WAfghan has a proven track record whereby all of our donor investments are well managed, systematically monitored and evaluated, and most importantly the funds produce direct and immediate results. CW4WAfghan practices the values of “small aid”, whereby we operate with minimal overhead, ensuring that funds are directed to our targeted beneficiaries: Afghan women and girls.
We are a registered Canadian charity. CW4WAfghan operates in good standing with the federal government (Canada Revenue Agency #887718203RR0001). We are also registered as a limited liability non-profit corporation through Industry Canada. We are audited annually and publicly disclose our audited annual statements. You can peruse this website to see our financial records. Revenue Canada enforces rigorous accountability standards for registered charities. In Afghanistan, we are a registered international non-governmental organization with the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Finance, to whom we submit detailed financial and project reports every six months in Kabul. The Ministry of Economy also monitors our projects in the field, and we also report to the Ministry of Education.
We automatically provide CRA approved income tax receipts for donations of $30 or more. We send income tax receipts for smaller amounts upon request.
Through our work on the ground in Afghanistan, we see many positive improvements. We are very proud to see the incredible impact from our efforts through the education projects we support, and how our long-term commitment has provided tangible and meaningful support to Afghan women and their families.
Afghanistan continues to struggle with enormous challenges, and the media tends to focus on those challenges. However, a more balanced report would celebrate gains.
If you believe, as we do, in the power of education, we may be a good match for your support. Our projects are education-focused and we have a solid track record of results: we have contributed to quality education for thousands of students each year, and since 2008 have graduated nearly 10,000 teachers. We carefully document results to measure the change we seek. We’re confident that to make lasting social change the best place to invest is in education, and specifically in the empowerment of girls and women and facilitating their access to literacy and educational opportunities. Decades of international development policy and practice have proven that when women and girls have an education, the whole society benefits. We invite you to be part of this change through your support.
CW4WAfghan benefits from contributions from individuals and communities across Canada. Canadians participating in fundraising projects range from Breaking Bread potluck events and Red Pashmina Walks to Galas and in recent years, virtual events.
Individual Canadian donors sustain our programs through monthly or annual donatations made by cheque or online through CanadaHelps.org.
In addtion, we receive donations from Foundations and Institutional Donors, Service Clubs including Rotary Clubs, ongoing collaboration with University Women’s Clubs, and Government Funding from Global Affaris Canada and The Canadian Embassy in Kabul.
Royalties from The Breadwinner and Parvana’s Journey by Canadian author Deb Ellis have been allocated to our projects. An incredible amount of almost CAD$2,000,000 has been received since 2000 thanks to this generous commitment from Deborah Ellis.