Female-headed households are particularly vulnerable in that the absence of a male provider or guardian limits their ability to provide for their families, in addition to the general social and mobility restrictions they face.
For Afghanistan’s many returnees and IDPs, who often have no other option than to settle in unoccupied rural areas, these problems are worsening their already critical situation. According to UNHCR, since 2002, more than 5.8 million Afghan refugees have returned from Pakistan and Iran. The number of internally displaced person has also dramatically increased in 2015 as it passed the margin of one million.
To ensure high impact, we engage in long-term partnerships with our beneficiaries. Once we move into an area, we usually stay for many years, supporting communities to prioritize and meet their needs, which are usually immense and cannot be met in a matter of months and even years.
Our community-based approach encourages active participation by and a mutually accepted partnership with the communities we serve. This partnership paves the way for the communities’ ownership of the projects and their active contribution, including ensuring access and protection to our staff and assets.
We engage in the establishment of viable community-based organisations to organise rural women and men to pursue collective goals for social and economical change. Where appropriate, these community-based organisations are registered and linked with the appropriate authorities and civil society institutions at national and sub-national level.
In addition to this and since 2014, we have started a WASH emergency response in support of the refugees who have settled in Khost province in southeastern Afghanistan following their displacement from the tribal areas of Pakistan due to the on-going military operation there.
As of today approximately 10 million Afghans across 29 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces have benefited from DACAAR’s development and humanitarian activities since our establishment.