Afghanistan

Country Facts

DRC present since:

1990

DRC staff:

650

People in need (Source: Humanitarian Response Plan 2018-2021)

18,400,000

Displacement Situation

Afghanistan has been the scene of recurrent violent conflict for more than four decades. This protracted violence and unrest has left the population deeply impoverished and among the most vulnerable on earth. Today, 90% of the population lives in extreme poverty, typically in fragile situations where they lack access to even the most basic services and protection. The length of the conflict means there have been many waves of displacement in Afghanistan, and re-displacement due to recurring conflict and natural disasters such as drought, compounded by the effects of climate change, is not uncommon. In addition to the estimated four million people in protracted displacement within the country, there are vulnerable groups in need of specialised assistance, including female-headed households and people with disabilities and mental health issues.  

After four decades of conflict, Afghanistan forms the center of a complex migration network involving large and mixed flows of people, each with a unique set of needs: people fleeing the country, refugees returning, and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). 

DRC Response 

DRC has been present in Afghanistan since the 1990s and is one of the primary humanitarian actors with a robust operational capacity responding to the needs of returnees from both Pakistan and Iran, as well as the highly vulnerable IDP populations.

To meet the complex challenge of supporting Afghanistan’s many internally displaced people, people returning from displacement (from within the country or from abroad), and their host communities, DRC works across several sectors:

As of 2021, DRC works in 14provinces in Afghanistan with activities in multiple sectors:

  • Protection
  • Economic Recovery
  • Shelter and Settlements
  • Humanitarian Disarmament & Peacebuilding
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

Responding to emergency needs remains a priority, with a focus on the most vulnerable people and initiatives promoting successful recovery and increased resilience among the displaced.

DRC is a trusted humanitarian actor in Afghanistan and is the lead partner of the ECHO-funded Emergency Response Mechanism (ERM) Consortium, a collaborative platform for responding to crises in the country.

Funding

DRC is grateful to all donors for generous support and continued commitment to our work in Afghanistan:

Danida · DG ECHO · EU Delegation Afghanistan · Global Affairs Canada · Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs · OCHA · SIDA · UNOPS · USAID-OFDA 

Contact

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Mikkel Trolle

Regional Director (Asia)

+45 33735019 [email protected]

Jared Rowell

Country Director (Afghanistan)

+93 728900842 [email protected]

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ADSP Newsletter Q4 2020

'2020 will be remembered as a year of change and adaptation. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced changes in the way we interact with our fellow human being, across communities, and across borders. Life as we knew it seems gone!' - writes DRC Asia's Regional Director as he welcomes 2021. Read this and more from ADSP in this year's last newsletter: 1) A year of change and adaptation – seasonal greetings from the Danish Refugee Council’s Regional Director, Mikkel Trolle 2) Dreams and Hopes: Access to Education for Afghan Refugee Children Amidst COVID-19 in Balochistan – by ADSP 3) Will the Afghanistan Conference Deliver for Afghan Refugees? - by ADSP Coordinator, Evan Jones 4) Noise pollution: Consequences of living close to an airport on Afghan & Pakistani children’s hearing loss and education performance - by ADSP 5) Surviving Fear and Uncertainty: Rohingya Refugees in Malaysia - by Mixed Migration Researcher at MMC Asia, Hanh Nguyen Link: https://adsp.ngo/publications/newsletters/adsp-newsletter-q4-2020/

ADSP Newsletter Q4 2020

'2020 will be remembered as a year of change and adaptation. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced changes in the way we interact with our fellow human being, across communities, and across borders. Life as we knew it seems gone!' - writes DRC Asia's Regional Director as he welcomes 2021. Read this and more from ADSP in this year's last newsletter: 1) A year of change and adaptation – seasonal greetings from the Danish Refugee Council’s Regional Director, Mikkel Trolle 2) Dreams and Hopes: Access to Education for Afghan Refugee Children Amidst COVID-19 in Balochistan – by ADSP 3) Will the Afghanistan Conference Deliver for Afghan Refugees? - by ADSP Coordinator, Evan Jones 4) Noise pollution: Consequences of living close to an airport on Afghan & Pakistani children’s hearing loss and education performance - by ADSP 5) Surviving Fear and Uncertainty: Rohingya Refugees in Malaysia - by Mixed Migration Researcher at MMC Asia, Hanh Nguyen Link: https://adsp.ngo/publications/newsletters/adsp-newsletter-q4-2020/

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