Sanayee Development Organization (SDO)

SDO works towards serving vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the sectors of education, peace building, community development and community health, in rural areas of Afghanistan.

Sanayee Development Organization (SDO) was established in 1990 to work towards serving vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the sectors of education, peacebuilding, community development and community health, in rural areas of Afghanistan. Its participatory and community-based approaches to development single out SDO as one of the leading peace and development agencies in Afghanistan.

The name of the organisation is taken from the poet Hazrat Hakeem Sanayee, whose profound scholarly and literary achievements and his knowledge of Islam are reflected in SDO's work towards education and respect for Islamic values through the promotion of non-violence and the positive culture of Afghan people.

The community-based peacebuilding programmes of SDO aim to strengthen the societal structures that can enable the constructive transformation of conflicts. By addressing the root causes of conflict, they promote stability, justice, goodwill and cooperation among members of the community. At the same time, SDO's peacebuilding programmes paves the way for development work to be undertaken.

They have worked towards community-based peacebuilding in order to, amongst other projects, promote peace between host communities and refugees returning from Pakistan and promote peaceful co-existence between different ethnic groups. They have worked towards this through the creation of peace shuras, conflict resolution workshops, peace committees and peace radio.

Strategic work areas

Sanayee Development Organization is working in the following strategic work areas:

  • Community development
  • Education
  • Community based health services
  • Community based peacebuilding
SDO has the following cross-cutting themes in their work: Advocacy; Youth; Women; Capacity Building; and Emergency Response.

Operational Areas

SDO has implemented projects in twenty provinces of Afghanistan. These provinces are; Kabul, Hirat, Kandahar, Laghman, Nengarhar, Kunduz, Maidan Wardak,  Ghazni, Parwaan, Kapisa, Balkh, Takhar, Badakhshan, Baghlan, Jozjan, Sar-e-pal, Faryab, Samangan, Bamyan and Khust.

SDO is strategically focused on the central, western, northern and southern regions. In the central regions, SDO work in Kabul and Ghazni. In the western part of the country SDO worked previously in Hirat, Ghor, Badghis and Farah, though they now work only in Hirat and Ghor. In North Balkh, Faryab, Jowzjan and Sar-e-pul are covered by SDO. In southern Afghanistan SDO are implementing work in Kandahar.

At present SDO is working in Kabul, Ghazni, Balkh, Hirat, Faryab, Kandahar, Sar-e-pul, Jowzjan. It is providing its services in nine provinces of Afghanistan.

Type of beneficiaries

SDO covers a wide range of beneficiaries in its endeavours. SDO work mostly in rural areas and in four very diverse areas, with the following groups of beneficiaries:

  • Men, women, youth and children in general
  • Returnees and IDPs
  • Detainees

Existing projects/programmes

Since its establishment SDO has implemented numerous projects in its areas of intervention such as community development, peacebuilding, health and education.


SDO implements its projects through 1head office, 2 regional offices and 6 provincial offices in Afghanistan. SDO has its main office in Kabul. This office controls all the operations. However it is specifically linked with regional offices like Herat and Balkh and provincial offices like Kabul, Kandahar and Ghazni. Balkh regional office also supervises provincial offices in Jowzjan, Sar-e-pul and Faryab. Herat regional office is responsible for projects in Heart. This office was supervising the provincial offices of Farah, Ghor and Badghis, of which only Ghor remains operational.

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