DACAAR (Danish Committee for Aid to Afghan Refugees)


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Company Description

DACAAR is a non governmental, humanitarian organization that supports sustainable development in Afghanistan  since 1984 through promoting the ability of local communities to decide upon and manage their own development process. The organisation employs around 900 staff of whom 5 are expatriates. Core thematic areas are: Water, Sanitation & Hygiene; Natural Resource Management; Small Scale Enterprise Development; Women’s Empowerment.

Saving lives

Our emergency response is aimed at life-saving in early stages of a crisis.

We target recent internally displaced people and returning refugees, and communities affected by conflicts and natural disasters.

Real and positive changes

Our early recovery and developmental interventions are aimed at building resilience, enhancing capacity and improving livelihoods for protracted internally displaced people and returning refugees, and their vulnerable host communities.

We adopt a holistic and integrated approach with an emphasis, particularly on sustainability in terms of real and positive changes in the lives of our beneficiaries.

Vulnerable groups in focus

All our work considers the specific needs of most-at-risk groups such as women- or youth-headed households, the disabled, the elderly and others marginalised by society.

While maintaining and cherishing our Danish roots, we are deeply embedded in the Afghan society. We are registered with the Afghan Ministry of Economy and enjoy unprecedented access to Afghan communities.

Millions of Afghans benefit

Through our emergency programmes, we can respond to a crisis in 80% of the country’s provinces while we implement longer-term interventions in about half the country.

Historically, over ten million Afghans have benefited from our interventions since we started working in Afghanistan.