Established in 2002 and previously known as the Bureau for Reconstruction and Development, the Bureau for Rights-Based Development (BRD) is a registered Afghan non-profit, non-governmental development organization that aims to implement and promote rights-based development for a strong, viable, and pluralistic society in Afghanistan.

Our Vision

BRD’s vision is of an Afghanistan where the entire population lives with improved livelihood, social justice, integrity and prosperity. Where all human rights, including the rights of women and children, are recognized, upheld and respected, and where citizens have an active role in determining the values, direction and governance of their communities and country—for the benefit of all.

Our Mission

BRD is dedicated to creating an environment in which men and women are able to improve their standards of living through the equitable and sustainable use of resources, with special attention to vulnerable groups of society, particularly women and children.

Our Values

Commitment: BRD is committed to delivering quality services to its target group based on their needs, to continuous improvement and innovations, and to effective collaboration with our stakeholders and society at large for positive and sustainable change.

Integrity: We conduct ourselves at all times in a manner that is ethical, legal, and professional, with the highest degree of honesty, respect and fairness.

Accountability: We promote openness and transparency in our operations, ensuring that we are accountable for our actions at all times.

Respect: Regardless of gender, caste, religion, language, or ethnic considerations, BRD treats all segments of society without prejudice.

Impartiality: We are impartial in our actions. The delivery of our services is based on the needs of our target groups, without consideration of nationality, race, religion, or political point of view.

Organization Mandate

The Bureau for Rights-Based Development exists to develop a pluralistic society in Afghanistan where human rights are respected and citizens are empowered to improve their standard of living. The human rights-based approach to poverty eradication and development lies at the very heart of BRD’s work. BRD’s approach to poverty eradication starts with the connection between poverty and human rights, from the perspective of people living in poverty. As a development organization, BRD understands needs as the basis for claiming human rights, and supports marginalized people in their efforts to claim their rights. BRD aims to encourage and support beneficiaries to switch from a passive role to an active role of right holders, taking responsibility for their own development. This leads to increased ownership and sustainability of development efforts.