With funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Blumont is providing support to victims of conflict in Afghanistan through Conflict Mitigation Assistance for Civilians (COMAC).
COMAC provides comprehensive victims’ assistance (VA) to Afghan families suffering from direct and indirect assistance, building the capacity of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA), and conducting advocacy and outreach.
The program’s VA initiatives focus on Afghan civilians and dependents who have suffered loss of life, physical injury, or lack of economic livelihood as a result of military operations, land mines, improvised explosive devices (IED), or other injury involving conflict in the country. Working with the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD), Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) to address immediate-, medium-, and longer-term needs, COMAC implements victim-centered initiatives like physical rehabilitation, psychosocial assistance, economic reintegration, and referrals. These services are provided through direct delivery of immediate and tailored assistance packages that prioritize life-threatening cases and vulnerable/marginalized groups.
To build a sustainable base for VA in Afghanistan, COMAC focuses on building the capacity of GIRoA, especially MoLSAMD’s Martyrs and Disabled Division (MDD), as the main governmental entity for VA services while also addressing the broader challenges of collecting and managing data, national- and provincial-level stakeholder coordination, resource mobilization, enacting rights-based legislation and policies, ensuring beneficiary feedback is incorporated in monitoring and evaluation and learning processes, and mainstreaming VA across sectors and programs.
COMAC also supports advocacy and outreach activities centered around VA to improve MDD’s ability to communicate with citizens about VA resources, helping MDD to design a communication strategy and implementation plan to raise awareness of VA series. These efforts are aimed at building a well-informed citizenry, inclusive dialogue between the public and government entities, and leadership that is held accountable for VA service provision.