History

From DCA to DCA-VET (1979 – 1994)
At the end of 1979, the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan and within a few days occupied most of the strategic places. The impact in terms of damage and human suffering was dramatic. Everywhere around the world, especially in Europe, NGOs came together to offer aid and support to the Afghan people. One of them was the Committee for a Free Afghanistan, later renamed the Dutch Committee for Afghanistan. Read more >>

From East to North West (1995 – 2003)
Up to 1995, DCA worked mainly from Pakistan. For logistical reasons, all DCA-VET activities were focused on the Eastern part of Afghanistan. However, it was realised that there was an urgent need for veterinary programs in the Northern and North-Western provinces of the country too. To fill in this gap, in 1995, DCA-VET handed over the Eastern area to the FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization) and moved its working area to the Northern and North-Western part of Afghanistan. Read more >>

Great changes (2004 – 2006)
2004 was a historical year for Afghanistan: Hamid Karzai was elected as the first president of Afghanistan, and the Afghan people and international community started to rebuild the country. 2004 was also a vital year for DCA-VET. The organisation was able to open a new regional office annex training centre in Mazar-i-Sharif. In addition, the former training centre in Charikar, which was destroyed during the war, was rebuilt for accommodation of the DCA-VET Paravet (paraprofessional) courses.
D3 History 2004-2006After years of support by the Dutch government and the European Union, USAID became the major donor. USAID financed the RAMP-project, which gave DCA-VET tremendous opportunities. From January 2004 to July 2006 DCA-VET, together with its Afghan partners the Afghan Veterinary Association (AVA) and Partners in Revitalisation and Building (PRB), expanded its working area to 30 provinces. Read more >>

Towards sustainability (2007 – 2013)
In January 2007, a new USAID funded project started as a follow-up of the RAMP-project. This project, called ASAP, concentrated in the Northern, Western and Central regions of Afghanistan from Farah to Badakhshan. From July 2010 to the end of the ASAP project in 2011, provinces in the South and South-East in Afghanistan were included as well. The focus of this project gradually moved from strengthening of the VFU system to enhancing the business sustainability of VFUs. From the end of 2009 onwards, the ASAP provinces were gradually taken over by other donors, like EU, GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), and IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development). Read more >>

Continuing after the critical year 2014 (2014 – 2016)
2014 was a turbulent year for Afghanistan: ISAF troops withdraw from the country and the second presidential elections brought about a lot of uncertainty and turmoil. DCA-VET, however, continued its work and commitment to the people of Afghanistan unabated. DCA even got the opportunity to enhance and expand its work thanks to a series of large new projects, funded by EU, IFAD and USAID.
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New focus and name: DCA Livestock Programs (2017 – present)
Being founded as a veterinary organisation, during the years DCA became more and more engaged in livestock extension as well as in livestock value chains. In addition, the donor requirements changed. Now the focus is increasingly more on business development and job creation. These developments made DCA decide to change its focus and its scope from a veterinary organisation carrying out veterinary projects to a livestock organisation implementing a wider range of projects related to animal production. This new profile asked for a new name: since 2017 DCA-VET is called DCA Livestock Programs.

In the coming years the focus of DCA Livestock Programs will be on establishing farmer extension and business groups with special attention on the empowerment of women, linking farmers in the value chain to providers and traders, and supporting the public-private partnership in the delivery of veterinary services.