• Some 120,000 people have newly displaced from rural areas of Badghis to Qala-e-Naw during the reporting period.
• The number of people displaced due to the drought is currently more than 250,000 in the Western Region.
• Assistance is being provided in the displacement sites in Badghis and Hirat provinces and efforts are ongoing to scale up assistance in rural areas of origin.
• Around 190,000 people have been reached with safe drinking water in areas of origin and of displacement in Hirat and Badghis provinces.
Despite insecurity and access problems, DACAAR achieved all its planned targets for 2017. We invite you to read this brief overview and the 2017 Annual Report here.
The goal of publishing this Annual Report is sharing DACAAR’s achievements and challenges with donors, governments, national and international partners and the humanitarian community.
Natural Disasters Update:
Drought IDP Overview:
NADALI - Government officials, elders, activists and other community leaders in the southern province of Helmand gathered at a UN-backed symposium to discuss local peace efforts and to strategize on ways to build national and sustainable peace.
More than 50 leaders from Helmand’s Nadali district, located west of the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, gathered at the event to exchange ideas about the main drivers of instability in the province, such as corruption, underdevelopment and unemployment, especially among young people, and to chart out possible next steps toward peace.
US$107,000 of cash-for-food assistance distributed to drought-affected IDPs in Herat
8,200mt of food dispatched to assist 970,000 vulnerable people in August 2018
US$82.1 m six months funding requirements (September 2018-February 2019)
The trend of decreasing political violence in South and Southeast Asia continued, while at the same time the number of reported fatalities slightly increased. The overall number of riots and protest events in South and Southeast Asia also increased last week compared to the previous week.
By Yashpal Singh Saharawat
Parwan province – The lack of availability of quality seeds remains a constraint in Afghanistan, hampering agricultural productivity. Against this background, ICARDA recently reintroduced the concept of village-based seed enterprises, which was pioneered in 2004 and 2005. The business development project targets both men and women in rural areas where farming is the main income for households.
The seed enterprises are managed by farmers and aim to meet the location-specific requirements of quality seed of adopted varieties.
In Numbers for 2018
2 million people affected by drought
1.4 million drought-affected people are in need of food assistance
275,000 people displaced by drought
223,000 people displaced by conflict
WFP has assisted 389,000 drought-affected people with humanitarian food assistance in the five worst-affected provinces (Badghis, Faryab, Ghor, Herat and Jawzjan).
Since mid-September, conflict has escalated between the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces and the Taliban in Sar-e-Pul, Jawzjan and Balkh provinces. Parliamentary elections will be held on 20 October and violence will likely continue in the runup to the vote. An unknown number of people have been displaced in the affected provinces.
562,341 total returns from Iran and Pakistan since 01 Jan 2018
537,710 total returns from Iran since 01 Jan 2018
24,631 total returns from Pakistan since 01 Jan 2018
15,664 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran
969 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan
3% of returnees from Iran (474 individuals) assisted
89% of returnees from Pakistan (859 individuals) assisted
Key Figures (August 2018)
Annual Target (HRP)
Total 1.5 Million
People Reached (August 2018)
People Reached (Year 2018)
No of Partners Responded 1,126,464 22
8354th Meeting (PM)
Permanent Representative Says Country, Global Community ‘Are at a Crossroads’ in Their Strategic Journey for Stability
Amid the recent rise in civilian casualties inside Afghanistan, decisions made now ahead of elections in October will have far‑reaching implications for the country’s future and play a key role in advancing the peace process, the senior United Nations official in that country told the Security Council today.
New York, 17 September 2018
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Key issues in the past week:
Fighting across the country displaced more than 6,700 people, according to initial reports.
66,000 people affected by conflict and drought received humanitarian aid in six provinces.
A health facility in Khogyani, Nangarhar, was reportedly severely damaged in fighting.
6,700 New IDPs reported in the past week
225,166 Total verified IDPs in 2018
66,000 People assisted in the past week
Countrywide Conflict Displacement
An inter-agency call centre ensures Afghans can voice their issues and receive the information they need.
KABUL, 17 September 2018 - The United Nations today officially opened Awaaz Afghanistan, Afghanistan's first inter-agency nationwide toll-free call centre, in Kabul.
SHARANA - The active participation of young Afghans in peace-building is necessary for creating a more stable, inclusive and peaceful region, said participants at a UN-backed symposium in the south-eastern province of Paktika.
In the event, young Afghans from across Paktika, along with journalists, government officials and civil society members, came together to discuss the role of youth in building peace in their communities and to strategize on ways young Afghans can participate fully in Afghanistan’s political and social life.
During last week (09 – 15 September 2018), 639 Afghan refugees returned to Afghanistan (65 from Iran and 574 from Pakistan)
12,691 Afghan refugees returned to Afghanistan in 2018, out of which 11,249 from Pakistan, 1,331 from Iran and 111 from other countries (as of 15 September 2018)
This is 74% less compared to the same period in 2017, when 49,005 Afghan refugees returned to Afghanistan