Background & our work
Asfar CIC is a dynamic micro-NGO and social enterprise.
Asfar was launched in 2012, in order to provide opportunities for Young People and Communities in the UK, Europe, the Caucasus, the Middle East & North Africa and the Balkans, through: Volunteering; Educational & Skills development programmes; Social Entrepreneurship; Sport for Peace; and Cultural & Transnational learning experiences.
Asfar also focuses on Women Economic Empowerment programmes; Gender Equality; and supports women in the Middle East & North Africa to develop social entrepreneurial skills and gain access to business and social enterprise sectors.
In 2019, Asfar supported over 400 young people transnationally in 12 different countries and 75 women in North Africa.
In 2019, we launched NGO AsfarEurope in Estonia, which focuses on the Baltic and wider mainland Europe. To learn more about AsfarEurope visit here.
Since 2018, a key area of our work has been youth development through our RESOLVE: Reconciliation for Development model, mobilising conflict resolution competencies and wider professional and personal development skills, through Reconciliation, Peacebuilding and Learning methods. Methods include: Sport for Peace activities; Interfaith Dialogue; Simulation Games; Play & Theatre workshops; and wider forms of reconciliation learning techniques.
Development Consultancy services
Key area of Asfar’s work, aside from direct delivery is NGO and Social Enterprise consultancy services and advising policymakers. Consultancy services include:
- capacity building social enterprises and fellow not-for-profit NGOs;
- offering technical advice on Quality Assurance, Monitoring & Evaluation, Impact Assessment, Strategic planning;
- Project Management and implementation;
- Local, National and International Partnership development and the foundations of partnership networks;
- Project design and bid writing.
To learn more about our Development Consultancy services, visit here.
Established in 2011/2012 as a youth-led volunteer-based project which founded the Middle Eastern e-Journal (check out the e-Journal here).
In 2013, Asfar launched as a social enterprise and NGO in order to support more young people and communities, especially those seeking employment guidance and who would benefit from cultural, enterprise, employability and reconciliation skills support.
Between 2013 and 2020, Asfar has further developed to offer more services to our young people, their communities, while also providing opportunities for 100s of volunteers both in Europe and the rest of the world.
Asfar, and now AsfarEurope, works locally and internationally, to provide opportunities for Communities especially Young People in the UK, the Middle East & North Africa and since 2014 the Caucasus and the Balkans, through Volunteering & Social Action; Educational & Enterprise programmes; Reconciliation projects; Cultural activities; and Youth Exchanges, to: Engage, Inspire and Develop themselves.