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DHSA/TKG

Overview/Background

DHSA is non- profit, no- government, non-political and development organization. DHSA was initially established by demobilized afghan freedom fighters in 1992, who laid down their weapons and turned their attention to meet the need of the civilians caught in cross fire.

The mission of DHSA is to redefine development in Afghanistan by promoting a dynamic and capable civil society as a mean to foster local ownership of development, dignity and a peaceful & sustainable future for all Afghans. To achieve its mission, DHSA is working in the sectors such as; education, public media, environmental protection, Humanitarian services and cultural heritage. DHSA has main office in Kabul with its provincial offices in Hirat, Balkh, Ningarhar, Ghazni, Kandahar and Khost. DHSA has a nationwide geographical coverage as radio Killid along with 32-affiliated provincial radio stations (The Killid group) broadcast programs all over Afghanistan. DHSA is home of diverse human resource of more than 300 personnel which include both national and international staff. DHSA has successfully implemented more than 211 projects since its establishment.

DHSA is non- profit, non- government and non-political organization, registered with Ministry of Economy under license # 23. DHSA was initially established by demobilized afghan freedom fighters in 1992, who laid down their weapons and turned their attention to meet needs of the civilians caught in cross fire.

The mission of DHSA is to redefine development in Afghanistan by promoting a dynamic and capable civil society as a means to foster local ownership of development, dignity and a peaceful and sustainable future for all Afghans. To achieve its mission, DHSA is working in the sectors such as; education, public media, environmental protection, Humanitarian services and cultural heritage. DHSA has main office in Kabul with its provincial offices in Hirat, Balkh, Ningarhar, Ghazni, Kandahar and Khost. DHSA has a nationwide geographical coverage as radio Killid along with 32-affiliated provincial radio stations (The Killid group) broadcast programs all over Afghanistan. DHSA is home of diverse human resource of more than 300 personnel which include both national and international staff. DHSA has successfully implemented more than 211 projects since its establishment.

Slogan:

Pushing nation towards social change……

Vision:

DHSA envisions a balanced, educated, environmentally protected, developed and well aware (Socially, culturally and Politically) Afghan society.

Mission:

Is to redefine development in Afghanistan by promoting a dynamic and capable civil society as a means to foster local ownership for development, dignity and a peaceful & sustainable future for all Afghans.

 

DHSA/TKG Focus Areas;

Promoting Education: Working towards both quantity and quality of education in Afghanistan

Using Public Media: Awareness about diverse social, cultural and political issues

Protecting Environment: Advocating sustainable development, control use of natural resources and neat & clean environment for living beings

Preserving Cultural Heritage: Preserving knowledge of heritage for awareness and cultural heritage for tourism

Humanitarian Services: Helping people in emergencies

Values:

Diversity: Human beings, regardless of their color, language, religion, sex, race and location, are connected with a common sense of being human

Cooperation: Well-coordinated cooperation between stakeholders is the essence for bringing change

Voluntarism: Voluntarism and self-help are the golden principle for any society who wants self-sustainability

Justice: Everyone should be treated equal by law and society

Transparency: We view transparency both an internal and external phenomena

Accountability: An NGO should not only be accountable to donor, but to the marginalized as well as for whom it is working

Goals:

Increasing literacy rate through adult literacy, community based schooling and education for children

Increasing awareness level of people in the fields of civic, political, social, cultural issues, rights and duties

Obtaining sustainable development, preservation of natural resources and healthy environment through the environmental protection

Increasing tourism and cultural awareness through preserving cultural heritage

Raising awareness of the community on disaster in order to help affected people

Objectives

To increase the number of non- profit schools by establishing them in different provinces

To develop partnerships with potential CSOs and donors to enhance our education program

To enhance the capacity of Killid group (Media group of 11-radio stations and affiliated radios)

To increase the magnitude and diversity of awareness topics for the people

To raise awareness programs for general public about environmental protection

To enhance our efforts along with other organizations for environmental protection through advocacy

To develop partnerships with other organizations and ministries to work for the environmental protection

To rehabilitate historical sites To preserve community traditions through series of initiatives e.g. folk games, dances, customs, way of life, stories, myths and handicrafts by realizing audio/video documentaries, writing books , organizing exhibitions and making linkages

To raise public awareness on disaster preparedness through proper utilization of available resources

To facilitate urgent relief in emergencies

History

DHSA is home to some of Afghanistan s most innovative and diverse development projects such as public media (The Killid Group), communication initiative, the first Kabul International Music Festival, Kabul Rock Radio, an accelerated learning & Building Support System for Teachers-BESST, a “Call for Transitional Justice,” rehabilitation of historic sites such as the 19th century pavilion at Bagh e Babur Gardens in Kabul, a “media is development conference”, second independent media & CSOs conference and various public communication campaigns to protect the environment, the most recent of which has lead to an end to the illegal drugging of Kabul River.

Early years (1992-1996)

DHSA came into existence as a response to the violent civil war following the Soviet invasion in 1992, founded largely by demobilized Afghan freedom fighters. Throughout these years, DHSA focused primarily on drawing strength from local knowledge and traditional relationships to fill gaps, caused by a weak national government and absence of public services. During this time, DHSA has focused on activities such as water sanitation and irrigation, education, food assistance to drought affected populations, and rural rehabilitation, matching local know-how with the financial and political support from international aid agencies and donors such as EC, USAID, WFP, WHO, the UN, Canada fund/Care International and Novib.

Taliban era (1996- 2001)

During Taliban rule, Afghan Intellectuals, artists and progressive thinkers flee their homeland to be refugee in neighboring Pakistan. DHSA continued its work in exile by adding cultural development to its list of core activities. DHSA established a cultural center, Irfan, and a cultural journal, Sapeda, in neighboring Peshawar, Pakistan for Afghan writers, filmmakers, artists and musicians in exile. DHSA served as hope home for the Intellectuals, artists forced to exile under the regime. One of Irfan s achievements was producing music records of notable Afghan classical and folklore musicians in exile. Siddiq Barmak, the center s film production director, went on to write and direct the Golden Globe winner for Best Foreign Language Film Osama in 2004.

Post Taliban era (2001-2013)

The political changes brought by the Bonn Agreement in 2001 allowed DHSA to add development of civil society in Afghanistan – through its media, education and various community development projects – to its portfolio, in addition to humanitarian assistance. This era could be labeled as the busiest era of DHSA s history. DHSA was able to implement some of Afghanistan s most innovative, complex, large and result oriented development programs under its five pillars.

Partner Organizations:

DHSA/TKG has not only focusing on general community, but it also has several long-term partnerships which is the strategic approach and requirement of DHSA strategic priorities for the tremendous outputs of the planned goal and core values of the organization.

Full name of the organization: Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN)
Legal status: Commercial company
Role in the project: Informal Partner. Co-produces and disseminates news, feature stories and investigative reports throughout Afghanistan / advertises the Independent Media Consortium

Full name of the organisation: Saba Media Organisation (SMO) – Saba TV and Radio Nawa networks
Legal status: NGO Not-for-profit
Role in the project: Informal Partner. Co-produces and disseminates radio and TV news and produces and broadcasts radio/TV dramas / advertises the Independent Media Consortium

Full name of the organisation: Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA)
Legal status: NGO Non-profit
Role in the project: Informal Partner. Provides information and access to district and community level cases on corruption, rule of law and access to justice

Full name of the organisation: Afghanistan Development Association (ADA)
Legal status: NGO Non-profit
Role in the project: Informal Partner. Provides information and access to district and community level cases on human rights, gender issues, peace building and conflict resolution

Full name of the organization: Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (CHA)
Legal status: NGO Non-profit
Role in the project: Informal Partner. Provides cases on human rights, gender issues, anti-corruption, rule of law and access to justice

Full name of the organization: Afghan Women Network (AWN)
Legal status: NGO Non-profit
Role in the project: Informal Partner. Provide women s life stories on gender issues and human rights

Full name of the organisation: Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU)
Legal status: NGO Non-profit
Role in the project: Informal Partner. Provide in depth reports on issues related to this project.

Full name of the organisation: Cooperation for Peace and Unity (CPAU)
Legal status: NGO Non-profit
Role in the project: Informal Partner. Provide people s life stories on conflict resolution and peace building especially at community level

Full name of the organisation:Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN)
Legal status: NGO Non-profit
Role in the project: Produce features stories, research, analysis and blogs on Afghan issues.

Full name of the organisation: IPS-Inter Press Service
Legal status: NGO Non-profit
Role in the project: Informal Partner. Disseminates news features / advertises the Consortium for international audience

Full name of the organization: Agency for coordinating body for Afghan Relief and development
Legal status: NGO Non-profit
Role: Partnership between DHSA & Care International through ACBAR for provision of technical assistance in Humanitarian services

Full name of the Network: Natural Recourses Monitoring Network
Legal status: NGO Non-profit
Role: The Natural Resources Monitoring Network (NRMN) is an independent, non-profit, non-political body dedicated to promote the peaceful and sustainable extraction and utilization of natural resources (minerals, water and forest) in Afghanistan.

 

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