Partnership-Afghanistan Canada (PAC) is a Canadian non-political, non-governmental, non-partisan and non-profit volunteer humanitarian organization whose core objectives are to provide services that contribute to long-term, sustainable peace and development in Afghanistan, and to undertake and manage needs assessment surveys, design of projects, monitoring, evaluation and training and improving of capacity building at the local level through community participation. PAC promotes equality and respect among all Afghans for the united and prosperous future of Afghanistan.
PAC was initially formed when enthusiastic Afghan and Non-Afghan Canadians gathered in Ottawa (Canada) for the first international conference on the reconstruction of post-war Afghanistan held immediately after 9/11. PAC was originally located in Ottawa before moving to Vancouver in 2009.
Two decades of conflict in Afghanistan have not only destroyed the economic infrastructure of the country but also demolished its educational, social and material resources. In the wake of the internationally backed and brokered Bonn agreement between different warring political factions in Afghanistan there is now hope that peace may finally return. However, there is a common consensus that for peace to materialize and sustain itself, the reconstruction and restoration of basic economic, social and educational infrastructure is a must.
It is the urgency of such a need that necessitated the establishment of Partnership Afghanistan, a body of Afghan and non-Afghan experts and professionals with deep and active interests in Afghanistan.
Partnership Afghanistan’s strategy for activities and programs is, therefore, that which builds on and strengthens existing local institutions. Partnership Afghanistan intends to develop local capacity and utilize the allocated resources to improve the technical aspects of rehabilitation and development as well as the efficiency and effectiveness of projects in Afghanistan. The delivery of services by PAC will be based on practices that ensure gender equity, community engagement an active youth participation.