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DACAAR is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2024 with the support of donors and staff

Welcome To DACAAR

Since its establishment in 1984, DACAAR has been a permanent name in the humanitarian and development sectors in Afghanistan. As a non-political, non-governmental, non-profit organization, it works to improve the lives of the Afghan people by addressing the acute needs of the most vulnerable and supporting early recovery and sustainable development for all.

DACAAR’s emergency response interventions aim at life-saving in early stages of a crisis targeting internally displaced people, returning refugees, and communities affected by conflicts and natural disasters. Over the past years, DACAAR has endeavored to be among the first responders to people affected by shocks across Afghanistan.

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Our Areas Of Intervention


We are the largest NGO provider of WASH services in Afghanistan…



Our Natural Resources Management interventions are primarily agriculture and livestock focused...



Our Small-Scale Enterprise Development interventions are aimed at promoting small and medium enterprises...



Our Women’s empowerment interventions are aimed at sustainable social and economic outcomes for Afghan women...


Message From The Director John Morse

Today, DACAAR completed 38 years of working side by side with the Afghan people and through those years we have been witness to many dramatic events and dynamic changes. But whatever those have been, we have stayed strong and concentrated on grassroots support to the important needs of the Afghan communities.

Following the events in August 2021, Afghanistan is once again in transition. The new scenarios have given us challenges to accept and problems to overcome and yet we are standing strong thanks to the treasure trove of experiences and lessons learned over several decades of operating in Afghanistan and the commitment and perseverance of our staff.

We work closely with the communities which means we gain their trust and confidence and in doing so we have carried on through these latest challenges with little disturbance in program implementation while ensuring staff safety. Credit goes to our strong national base and this once again proves that our nationalization process has worked well.

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Clearly, there are many things we cannot influence during this time but there are also many we can. Sometimes, it is very hard to show the change and the ripple effect that our interventions have achieved though I believe the impact we are making is foundational and the resilience our interventions have achieved has never been more important.

I would like to thank for the strong confidence that has been shown from our donors, this telling us and the Afghan people they will not be forgotten. Our donors’ willingness to carry on with and even step up their support, and reaching out to us in getting information on how best that can be done is highly commendable.

Open and honest dialogue and inclusion on finding the best path forward has never been more important and with the help from them and close coordination from our Copenhagen HQ, I am sure this will get stronger and better with time.

As always, I would like to end this in confirming how proud I am in this position as director of DACAAR, representing the strong Afghan DACAAR team standing side by side with the Afghan people.

We will continue to do that as long as they need us and continue on relying on our communities for access, inclusion, and quality intervention to make sure we achieve our goals to the best of our ability. A huge thanks to all those supporting us along the way.

John Paul Morse

DACAAR Country Director

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