British & Irish Agencies Afghanistan Group
BAAG is a unique advocacy and networking agency which aims to support humanitarian and development programmes in Afghanistan.
They work closely with Afghan civil society groups, reflecting Afghan views and aspirations.
Founded in 1987, they currently have 28 member agencies.
BAAG is the only coordinating agency of its kind in the UK.
It is a source of expert advice for policymakers, donors, media and the public.
BAAG prioritises discussion of issues and recommendations with Afghan civil society groups, and has strong relationships with, inter alia, their partners ACBAR and Tawanmandi, with The Afghan Women’s Network, the Afghan Civil Society Forum Organisation, the Civil Society Joint Working Group and the Afghan NGO's Coordination Bureau. They support these organisations to meet with policy and decision makers in the UK, such as at the 2014 London Conference on Afghanistan, their Getting it Right Gender Conference and the 2010 London Conference.
They have partnered with a number of leading think tanks and academic institutes to facilitate debate and research. Recent collaborations have included Chatham House, the Humanitarian Policy Group of the Overseas Development Institute and the London School of Economics.
And BAAG place a high value on the media connections it has developed over the years, within prestigious global organisations including the BBC, Reuters and The Guardian.
BAAG has a strong relationship with the British and Irish governments, and has received funding from the Department for International Development, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Irish Aid. They work with senior civil servants and their teams in these departments, and also with the Ministry of Defence, to keep them updated of the key development and humanitarian situation and the work of their members. They are the Secretariat of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Afghanistan, organising discussions and events to inform parliamentarians of the progress and remaining challenges in Afghanistan and for civil society.
BAAG has also developed relationships with the relevant departments of the European Commission, and other governments supporting Afghanistan such as Australia, Japan and Canada. They are a founding and active member of ENNA, the European Network of NGOs in Afghanistan.
When their staff conduct their regular trips to Afghanistan they meet with ministers and representatives of the Government of Afghanistan, with senior officials of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and with NATO.See more