Danish NGOs in Afghanistan
Danish NGOs in Afghanistan do a lot to alleviate the immediate
situation of the Afghans. Some have been present since before Taliban
came to power, others are more recent.
DAARRT – Danish Assistance to Afghan Rehabilitation and Technical Training was only established in 2003 as a non-political, non-profit humanitarian organization approved by the Government of Afghanistan. The organization works with construction of schools in various provinces in Afghanistan, and offers technical training to employees in the Afghan Ministry of Education. The organization is funded by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and initiated by DACAAR and employs approximately 30 Afghans and one international. The aim of the organization is to empower the Afghan Government to build schools, maintain them and supply them with books and teachers, DAARRT provides the know-how to do so, and has so far constructed 26 schools for more than 10 000 students.
DACAAR (Danish Committee for Aid to Afghan Refugees), is one of the older NGOs, and has been present in the region since 1984 when they first started working to provide support and relief to Afghan refugees in Pakistan. DACAAR employs more than 1000 Afghans and 10-15 expatriates, and aims to support the development of sustainable livelihoods for rural Afghans through cooperation with GoA. Currently, DACAAR implements three development programmes in Afghanistan; (I) The Rural Development Programme (RDP), (II) The Water and Sanitation Programme (WSP) and (III) The Microfinance Programme (MADRAC). Also, DACAAR has gathered all their accumulated knowledge on water points and similar conditions in Afghanistan in a database called the Geographic Information System. DACAAR works with the Water and Sanitation Sector Group in the Afghan Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development to update and further develop this database so as to improve access to reliable data related to water supply.
The Refugee Council and the Danish People’s Aid are member organizations of DACAAR that work in cooperation with them. Danish Peoples Aid initiated its first projects in 1984, and included educational activities and livelihood programmes for Afghan women. Danish Peoples Aid usually works to support DACAAR and DAARRT.