Our Principles of Intervention


MADERA, thanks to its long presence in Afghanistan and its strong foothold in its areas of intervention, has extensive knowledge of the country and of the people, the majority of whom are living in rural areas. In fact, in Afghanistan nearly 80% of the population works in the rural sector, which only represents 31% of the national GDP. Thus the development of the rural sector is essential for the country to improve its own food security and gain independence.



The Basic Principles of Participatory Action

In terms of intervention methodology, MADERA works to strengthen the development dynamics of rural communities as well as their ability to develop their territory.


This method puts people at the center of the process and

involves them in the identifying and prioritizing of their needs.


The development work which MADERA implements is therefore "participatory,” where ownership of the development process is held by the rural communities. This assures sustainable, long-term effects.

Participatory action is based on an ancient Afghan tradition, that of the Council ("Djirgah" in Pashto, "Shura" in Dari). It is during these meetings that projects of common interest are discussed. This is to ensure that projects benefit all members of the community.


Integrated Development


Rural economics is not just farming, agriculture or horticulture. It is made up of a variety of sectors such as arts and crafts, construction of public buildings (schools, mosques, clinics, community halls), the training of artisans.... MADERA therefore focuses on integrated actions. However, this aspect of integration is extremely difficult to implement because of funding mechanisms often ill-suited to this approach or specific demands within rural communities.


Transferring Skills


MADERA pays special attention to the transfer of skills, training of employees and the gradual transfer of responsibilities to national staff.