AAN operates on core and project funding. AAN seeks to ensure that the bulk of its funding is core funding as this contributes to safeguarding the independence of its work. AAN also welcomes project funding, but only in so far as AAN’s editorial independence is secured.
The Swedish government provided start-up funding for AAN in 2009 and in 2010 this funding was supplemented by funding from the Norwegian government. In 2011, a donor consortium, led by the Swedish Embassy in Kabul and including Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands, funded AAN’s four-year programme “Afghanistan’s Transition: Unpacking Local, National and Regional Dynamics 2011 – 2014”.
The follow up programme cycle “Afghanistan and its Region: Beyond Transition 2015 – 2019” was funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, SDC (July 2014 – June 2015; August 2015 – December 2018; January to December 2019), the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Kabul (January 2015 – December 2019), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, SIDA (December 2014- December 2016; January 2017 to December 2019), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Finland (2015), the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (2014/2015 and in 2016) and the Danish Embassy in Kabul/DANIDA (January 2016 to June 2019). AAN received also project funding from the French Embassy, Kabul, Open Society Institute, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Canada’s Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI), the USIP and the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation (FES) during the programme cycle 2015 – 2019.
AAN’s new programme “Understanding Afghanistan’s Transformation 2020 – 2024” is funded by:
Royal Norwegian Embassy in Kabul has been providing core funding to AAN since 2010.
The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has been supporting AAN since 2014.
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has been providing core funding since 2015.
Rockefeller Brothers Fund has been an AAN donor since 2017.
DFIF provided funding in 2019 and 2020 for AAN’s reporting on election and peace process.