Asia

Afghanistan

DRC began working in Afghanistan in the 1990s through Humanitarian Mine Action and expanded its scope and reach of programming in 2011 to provide multi-sector and holistic packages of assistance. We currently work in four regions of the country, focusing on the most vulnerable and at-risk conflict and natural disaster-affected populations, including internally displaced persons (IDPs), host communities, and returnees.

Iqbal Noori for DRC, May 2022.

Current situation

Following nearly a half-century of protracted conflict and political instability, Afghanistan remains one of the most complex crises of our age.

Located in Central Asia, Afghanistan forms the center of a complex migration network involving large and mixed flows of people in the region and beyond, each with a unique set of needs: people fleeing the country, refugees and deportees returning, and IDPs.

The collapse of the former government in August 2021 has further deepened the already vast and complex crisis, generating profound vulnerabilities and basic needs gaps across large segments of the population.

To add to this, Afghanistan ranks among the countries most vulnerable to climate change, often described as a ‘threat multiplier’ as it intensifies human insecurity and poses grave poverty, displacement, and fragility risks.

Core sectors Afghanistan

Protection
Economic Recovery
Humanitarian Disarmament and Peacebuilding
Shelter and Settlements
Camp Coordination and Camp Management

Displacement trends

Source: | DRC Foresight

News

  • 02 Sep 2022

    Danish press release: DRC will commence demining activities in Helmand

  • 26 Aug 2022

    Crossing Afghanistan’s Border to Survive: The Story of Nargina

  • 20 Aug 2022

    Press release: Fatal accident in Afghanistan

  • 25 Jul 2022

    Restoring life in Zindajan

  • 07 Jul 2022

    The Transition to Peace and Recovery in Rural Afghanistan

  • 22 Jun 2022

    Press release: DRC reaction to deadly earthquake in Afghanistan

Documents

  • 14 Nov 2022

    Diaspora Project Support (DiPS)

  • 12 Jun 2022

    Diaspora Programme

  • 16 Jul 2021

    Statements on Afghanistan

  • 01 Nov 2020

    Afghan Diaspora Engagement in Europe (ADEE)

Why we are there

The overall goal of DRC Afghanistan’s multi-sector response is to promote favorable conditions for shock- and displacement-affected communities to seek safety, claim their basic rights, and pursue self-reliance.

Due to the uncertainty of the current context, DRC maintains the capacity to respond to sudden and large-scale emergencies such as floods and earthquakes, while also promoting the transition to recovery programming.

What we do

DRC responds to what remains a protracted humanitarian crisis through a multi-pronged approach. This means that DRC aims at addressing the critical needs of extremely vulnerable and shock-affected populations while also providing medium- to longer-term solutions that focus on root causes of the crisis. To do so, DRC in Afghanistan works across five core sectors:

Working in collaboration with

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Ole Kirk’s Fond
Ole Kirk’s Fond
Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
United Nations Development Programme
United Nations Development Programme
Hoffmanns & Husmans Fond
Hoffmanns & Husmans Fond
Augustinus Fonden
Augustinus Fonden
United States Agency for International Development
United States Agency for International Development
The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Netherlands
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Netherlands
Foreign & Commonwealth Development Office
Foreign & Commonwealth Development Office
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