Stay, Deliver and Protect (SDP)

Afghanistan continues to face a protracted humanitarian crisis. Armed conflict results in large-scale population displacements and a high number of civilian casualties. Insecurity causes significant challenges to humanitarian access and responses, especially where they are needed most. "Stay, Deliver and Protect" aims to facilitate humanitarian access and to promote protection of education, protection of civilians, psychosocial support and humanitarian coordination in conflict-affected communities.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Humanitarian Assistance & DRR
Protection, access & security
Forced displacement (refugees, IDP, human trafficking)
Humanitarian efficiency
01.01.2019 - 31.12.2022
CHF  2’320’000
Background Due to ongoing conflict and drought, a large number of Afghans depend on life-saving humanitarian assistance, which is increasingly difficult to deliver. The highly fragile context in Afghanistan causes huge challenges to humanitarian access, to the presence of humanitarian actors and to the implementation of humanitarian responses. This is particularly the case in the locations under control of armed opposition groups.  At the same time, these locations are often characterized by the most accentuated needs. Despite the measures taken by Afghan government, violations of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law are frequent, with deliberate attacks on civilians. During January and September 2018 alone, 220’000 people were displaced due to the armed conflict. Between 2009 and 2017, UNAMA documented 28’291 civilians killed and 52’366 civilians injured.
Objectives Conflict-affected communities in hard-to-reach areas of Afghanistan are protected from physical and psychological violence and abuse, and are better equipped to pursue dignified solutions to address the consequences of their displacement through enhanced access to basic services, including safe education, and increased resilience and capacity to mitigate conflicts.
Target groups

Protection of Education:  14,400 students will be assisted, including parents, teachers, school shuras and community leaders.

Protection of Civilians: conflict affected communities and individuals, parties to the conflict, including armed opposition groups.

Child Protection and Psychosocial Support: 4800 student will be equipped with improved psychosocial skills to address the trauma they have experienced

Humanitarian Coordination: Coordination and advocacy will mainly involve actors in the humanitarian community

Medium-term outcomes

The Swiss Contribution is earmarked for outcome 2

Outcome 1 – Protection of Education: Safe access to education services for students, education personnel, parents and communities in targeted conflict-affected districts. Reduction of exposure to security threats for children attending targeted schools, both on their way to and from school and while at school.

Outcome 2 – Protection of Civilians: Reduction of impact of armed conflict on civilians in targeted conflict-affected districts. Establishment of safe passages for civilians escaping conflict zones in targeted districts and improved humanitarian outcomes in hard-to-reach areas.

Outcome 3 – Child Protection and Psychosocial Support: Enhanced psychological wellbeing of traumatised children. Reduction of long-term psychological trauma symptoms for children exposed to conflict-related violence and enhanced children’s capacity to engage more effectively in their education.

Outcome 4 – Humanitarian Coordination: Principled and effective humanitarian response to protection and basic service needs in conflict-affected areas. Enhanced coordination and leadership of humanitarian protection and access responses at the national level.


Expected results:  

  • Local authorities, armed actors, community groups, and local influencers are sensitised on protection of education from attacks and broader relevant IHL principles related to protection of civilians;
  • Conflict-prone communities have enhanced preparedness and response capacities to prevent/mitigate conflict-related casualties;
  • A cross-line office is established and humanitarian services are provided.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Humanitarian aid
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign NGO
  • Norwegian Refugee Council

Coordination with other projects and actors NRC works closely with the humanitarian community as a whole. It is co-heading the access cluster in Afghanistan. The establishment of a cross-line office facilitates access to the target region for other humanitarian actors.
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    2’320’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    1’786’749
Project phases Phase 1 01.01.2019 - 31.12.2022   (Current phase)