Sanayee Development Organization

Contact Information

  • Where – Afghanistan (Asia)
  • Website –
  • Contact Person – Raz Mohammad Dalili
  • Email –
  • Address – House No 37, Opposite Municipality Blocks (Sharwale Blocks), Kolola Poshta Main Road, Near Traffic Square, Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Other –

Areas of Expertise

Sanayee Development Organization (SDO) has expertise in a range of areas, including:

Main Aims and Objectives

SDO’s mission is to contribute to the emergence of a peaceful, developed and self-sustaining Afghan society through professional engagement in the sectors of peacebuilding, community health, education and community development.

SDO’s vision is of a peaceful, free and developed Afghanistan based upon (Islamic and good Afghan cultural) values. The population would live in peace, sustain themselves with dignity and be able to manage their own development, and that of the society in which they live, by being aware and responsible citizens.

SDO’s participatory and community-based approaches to development single out SDO as one of the leading peace and development agencies in Afghanistan. Given the strong commitment and diligence of SDO’s professional staff members, SDO has been able to implement complex and challenging rural development programs with a high standard of quality. In spite of all the challenges and difficulties in the areas SDO are working, SDO staff members perform their assigned tasks successfully, and work hard to contribute positively towards the organizational vision, goals and mission.

Upholding the Principles of Conflict Transformation

SDO works, in particular, to uphold the following principles:

  • 1. Conflict should not be regarded as an isolated event that can be resolved or managed, but as an integral part of society’s on-going evolution and development;
  • 4. Conflict transformation is a long-term, gradual and complex process, requiring sustained engagement and interaction;
  • 5. Conflict transformation is not just an approach and set of techniques, but a way of thinking about and understanding conflict itself;

Where and with Whom

Sanayee Development Organization (SDO) is working in the following provinces of Afghanistan – Balkh, Ghor, Faryab, Heart, Farah, Parwan, Ghazni, Kandahar, Kabul, Badghis, Panjsher, Kapesa and Helmand.

Main Activities in the Field of Conflict Transformation

Sanayee Peace Building Department

SDO supports sustainable, community-driven approaches to peace-building. SDO focuses on developing local grass roots structures to produce non-violent resolution of local conflicts, as well as promoting publications, events and sporting activities that encourage people-to-people connections and peaceful conflict transformation. SDO’s projects promote inter-ethnic dialogue, do-no-harm approaches, and awareness of issues affecting women and human rights. Furthermore, they improve relations among and within communities and with actors serving the community such as local authorities, schools and Madrasahs students, and teachers. SDO works within the framework of Islamic values and with a strong respect for local customs and traditions. SDO’s peace-building activities began in 1998 and involve projects in the provinces of Badghis, Balkh, Faryab, Ghazni, Ghor, Herat and Kabul. Community support for SDO activities in the fields of education, health and sustainable livelihoods have greatly aided the credibility and acceptance of its peace building activities and vice-versa.

Peace Education Curriculum

Peace Education Curriculum is a positive tool for educating war-affected Afghan children and youth. The peace education curriculum is useful for raising the spirits and increasing the chance of success of children born and growing up in a state of war and violence. The curriculum helps them clear their minds of thoughts and acts of violence. Peace education curriculum is the product of six years of continuous efforts and hard work of SDO, with direct cooperation from Cooperation for Peace and Unity (CPAU).

In June 1999, close to 14,000 students in 70 schools for Afghan refugees in Peshawar, Pakistan as well as thousands of students inside Afghanistan received schooling based on the curricula of Peace Education. The content of the curriculum books were designed and implemented by peace education teachers with prior field experience. The peace education curriculum consist of a set series of books from grades one to twelve. Each book has 8 chapters with two class activities per chapter. The complete collection of grades one to twelve contains 96 chapters and 192 class activities; each chapter has missions, objectives, and points of concentration for teacher, class activities, evaluation, and summarization, home work in different forms and special graphics and pictures.

The aim of the peace education curriculum is to improve the peace awareness level among the students, and to enhance their motivation towards peace building, the elimination of violence, respecting human rights, establishing trust and cooperation with fellow peers, transmitting peace narratives to their families, reducing prejudice and discrimination, creating patriotic civic spirit and converting the culture of violence and war to a culture of peace. The objective is to help students learn these principles of peace building and practice them in their daily lives. Peace education curriculum promote a student-centered system through a series of planned activities and exercises. The activities recommended for a teacher in each chapter are complemented with recommended teaching methods.

Community Development

With its strong origins in grassroots action, SDO firmly believes that activities for and by communities lie at the heart of sustainable social and economic development. SDO strengthens neighborhoods and communities by creating important spaces for community service, leadership and cooperation. SDO’s work creates transparent community-based structures and relationships that promote synergies for successfully addressing community needs. It further empowers communities by unleashing their own resources to improve livelihoods, social well-being, and human security. In doing so, it builds the capacity of communities to deal with their key project stages of needs identification, planning, management and monitoring. SDO’s projects involve a comprehensive array of local actors to empower communities, and are inclusive of youth, poor and vulnerable groups.

The strength of SDO lies in its important tool box of methodologies for community capacity building addressing organizational development, project cycle management, vocational training, mediation, peace-building and community development. In its approach, SDO works within a framework of Islamic values and strongly respects local customs.

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