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.
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
Source: | DRC Foresight
25 Dec 2022
DRC Statement on the Ban on Women working with NGOs in Afghanistan
22 Dec 2022
DRC Denounces the Announcement to Bar Women in Afghanistan from University
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
26 Jan 2023
Advocacy Toolkit for Diaspora Organizations (2023)
14 Nov 2022
Diaspora Project Support (DiPS)
07 Nov 2022
REACT (Resilience and Economic Assistance for Communities Towards Recovery)
01 Aug 2022
Diaspora Emergency Action & Coordination (DEMAC)
12 Jun 2022
Civil Society Engagement and Diaspora Programme
25 May 2022
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: