At the invitation of the Government of Pakistan, CWS also responded to the needs of Afghan refugees, who had started to cross the border after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. CWS was one of the first agencies to establish camps in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, previously known as the North-West Frontier Province, and Balochistan, providing urgently needed relief items.
In 1997, CWS opened its first office in Jalalabad, Afghanistan when it initiated a project to support returning refugees.
A capacity building program that was established in 1999 expanded the profile of the relatively unknown CWS-P/A. In the years to come, CWS-P/A grew to the largest CWS program in the world.
After 50 years of service in the region, CWS-P/A was an established organization engaged in relief activities, capacity building, social development, advocacy on socio-political issues, poverty reduction, strengthening civil society organizations, women’s empowerment, and peace.
In 2004, the response to the tsunami in Sri Lanka marked the first regional initiative.
CWS-P/A continued to develop its infrastructure, systems, staff capacity, and partnership base. In 2005, it achieved ISO certification for quality management standards and the USAID management standards certificate.
During the response to the 2005 earthquake in Northern Pakistan, CWS-P/A hosted the Sphere Project and promoted the use of its minimum standards to ensure effectiveness and accountability. In 2006, it became the Sphere focal point in Pakistan and, the following year, conducted its first regional training on quality and accountability in Bangkok, Thailand.
As the 2000s progress, CWS-P/A initiated a program in Myanmar, deployed its first quality and accountability team to Sri Lanka, and became the lead agency for HAP in Pakistan.
Between 2010 and 2012, CWS-P/A was one of the few organizations to venture into Swat while military operations continued, responded to the 2010 floods, achieved HAP certification, and signed an MoU with the Sphere project to become the Sphere regional partner in Asia. It also achieve People in Aid membership. The staff strength reached its highest with close to 600 staff.
Based on mutual understanding in the early 90s with CWS Inc., the Advisory Board and Senior Managers formed an independent organization registered as Community World Service Asia.
In 2014, a quality and accountability team was deployed to assist organizations responding to Typhoon Haiyan.
A regional management team was organized and the independence process moved forward and was finalized.