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About Us

We are an apolitical, non-governmental, non-profit humanitarian/development organization working to improve the lives of the Afghan people since 1984. We work in rural areas and aim at improving rural livelihoods through sustainable activities that engage Afghan communities to be agents of their own development process. We employ a holistic approach to all rural development activities in order to ensure long-term viability of projects.  More than nine million Afghans across 29 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces have benefited from our humanitarian/developmental activities since establishment.


Our Overall Objective

 To contribute to equitable and sustainable livelihoods for rural Afghans with a par­ticular emphasis on vulnerable groups.


Our Internal Vision

DACAAR is a well known and respected NGO with a strong anchorage in the Afghan society. It is a transparent development organisation with clear and up to date policies and strategies and with committed and experienced female and male Afghan staff in key management positions.


Our External Vision

Women and men in rural Afghan communities are effectively and in a sustainable way managing local resources in a constant improvement of livelihoods. As part of a strong civil society and with support from governmental institutions, local community organizations and individual men and women have access to knowledge, education, training and social services and are able to effectively improve quality of life and to withstand periods of calamity and stress.


Our Mission

DACAAR is a Danish non-governmental, humanitarian organization that supports sustainable development in Afghanistan through the ability of local communities to decide upon and manage their own development process. Activities are implemented in cooperation with civil society organizations, the private sector and governmental institutions with a particular emphasis on poverty eradication and assistance towards the return and re-integration of returnees and internally displaced people.


Our Values

Efficiency,  Honesty, Participation, Equity, Quality, Transparency.


Basic Facts

Organisation name   DACAAR (Danish Committee for Aid to Afghan Refugees)
Established 1984
Agency Type International NGO
Country of Affiliation Denmark
DACAAR Governing Board Danish People’s Aid (DPA)                 Mads B. JØrgensen Danish Refugee Council (DRC)        Mette Marie Honoré
Employees           823 Afghan employees (12%  female) plus and 10 international employees
Director    John Morse
Focus Poverty eradiation by addressing lack of access to safe drinking water and hygienic sanitation, food insecurity, insufficient income, and social constraints on and exclusion of women.
Registered with Ministry of Economy of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Reg # 24 National Danish Register of Companies (CVR), Reg # 29902488
Main Office Kabul, Afghanistan
Regional Offices Mazar-e-Sharif, Taluqan, Jalalabad, Kabul, Herat, Maimana
Secretariat in Europe Copenhagen, Denmark

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