There are more than 2500 associations registered in Afghanistan. In March 2019, President Ghani endorsed new amendments to the Law on Associations, which was originally enacted in 2013, which contain restrictive requirements for associations. The amendments are already being enforced by the Ministry of Justice, but in accordance with the Afghan legislative procedure, they are pending parliamentary approval (as of March 2021). To help associations in Afghanistan – as well as international partners engaged in the country – make sense of the legal rules governing the space in which they operate, ICNL has prepared the Registration Brochure for Associations in Afghanistan. This brochure aims to help those seeking to establish and register an association in Afghanistan to understand the registration requirements under Afghan law.
For more information, download the accompanying Operational Guidelines for Associations in Afghanistan here.