Organizational for Development Innovation & Research (ODIR) was established in 2020 and formally registered with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Economy in 2022. ODIR is a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded with the aim to meaningfully and substantially contribute to Human Development in Afghanistan, with a particular focus on marginalized groups, through rigorous research, advocacy, and innovative developmental solutions in partnership with the local communities and other national and international actors.
Considering the deepening humanitarian crises in the country and its subsequent socio-economic ramifications, we are committed to contributing to addressing these crises through the delivery of humanitarian assistance services in such a way that also contributes to fostering national solidarity and social cohesion. We at ODIR aim at becoming a knowledge-based organization that will exercise thought leadership in support of the humanitarian, development, and peacebuilding priorities of the country and will align our programs and initiatives with the emerging realities in Afghanistan in such a manner that duly builds on the lessons from the past.
We strongly believe in an active role for civil society in the area of policy-making in Afghanistan’s context. Therefore, a common feature of ODIR’s interventions is its focus on generating evidence, knowledge, and ideas, which can contribute to policy-making and expanding policy choices for addressing the critical humanitarian, developmental, and peacebuilding challenges facing Afghanistan. We aim to serve as a catalyst for critical national agendas and assist in bringing citizens’ voices to debates and discussions for ensuring the strategic direction of the humanitarian and development interventions carried out in the country.