• Civil Society Joint Working Group (CSJWG) - Position Paper

    Published on November 28th at the Geneva Conference on Afghanistan the CSJWG outlines the position of civil society organisations in Afghanistan. 

    PDF icon Position Paper on CSJWG GCA.pdf
  • Civil Society Position Paper - Geneva Conference on Afghanistan 2018

    On the 28th November the 13th high-level international conference on Afghanistan took place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Afghan Civil Society was proudly represented by a delegation of 10 civil society activist who advocated on issues ranging from gender rights, peace and security, and electoral reform.  With the support of civil society organisations across all 34 provinces of Afghanistan and members of civil society committees the delegation compiled a collaborative Civil Society Position Paper. Published on the 28th November prior to the official Civil Society address in the UN Council Chamber the Position Paper identifies several key areas for the Kabul government and its international partners to focus on.  To download a copy of the 2018 Civil Society Position Paper please click here. 

    PDF icon Geneva Conference Civil Society Position Paper 2018.pdf
  • The State of the Enabling Environment of Civil Society in Afghanistan 2018

    This is the third iteration of the State of the Enabling Environment of Civil Society in Afghanistan (SEECA) research produced by the Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS). In this research, civil society is defined as a third "space" outside the state and market wherein actors and groups participate to advance common interests, which is less restraining than he conventional definition that focuses on organisations only. This report presents key recommendations for both government, civil society and international donors to ensure prosperity in Afghanistan. 

    PDF icon AICS-SEECA-2018.pdf
  • The enabling environment for Civil Society: Civic space, engagement and elections

    In December 2017 the Civil Society Working Committee came together to dicuss approaches to civic space, engagement and elections ahead of 2018. This paper aims, in the first part, to establish specific areas for discussion in the hope that the debate will lead to actions which will enhance the operating space for civil society and strengthen the state-civil society relationship. Both Civil Society and Government Institutions shall be accountable for the action points found and in areas collaboration is paramount to securing safe spaces for society and community to flourish. The second part highlights the importance of an earlier discussion on elections as 2018 and 2019 shall see both parliamentary and presidential election processes.The texts attached include copies in English, Pashto and Dari. 

    File Discussion Paper - Dari.docx, Microsoft Office document icon Discussion Paper - Pashto.doc, File Discussion Paper - English.docx
  • NGOs Annual Activities Report 2016 (Ministry of Economy)

    The Ministry of Economy evaluates annul activities and performances of all NGOs and publishes the annual report. The current summary includes activities, performance, projects and expenditures incurred during 2016.

    PDF icon NGOs Englihs Report Executive Summary,2016.pdf
  • 2016 Annual Activities Report of NGOs (Dari)

    This report, produced by the Ministry of Economy NGO Directorate, analyses the activities of registered NGOs in Afghanistan.

    PDF icon ngos-report-2016-dari.pdf
  • SCA: Afghanistan's Road to Self-Reliance, March 2017

    The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, an INGO present in Afghanistan for decades, convened a conference in December 2016 to consider lessons learnt in security and development efforts. Incorporating offical reviews by the Danish and Norwegian governments of their interventions, and bringing Afghan development and rights actors to the stage, the conference explored civil-military lessons, as well as development and diplomacy interventions. This report captures the rich discussions and asks what better approaches might be considered going forwards.  

    PDF icon sca2016internationalconference_finalversion.pdf
  • BAAG: Summary report of the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan, December 2016

    This report presents the key civil society activities - consultations, events, position papers and statements - conducted and delivered for the October 2016 Brussels Conference on Afghanistan. It demonstrates the recommendations and concerns raised by Afghan and international civil society to government donors, as the latter pledged $15.2bn of continued support to the country. 

    PDF icon BCA report 6Dec16 final.pdf
  • ACSFO: Kunduz after Taliban, November 2016

    On the 28th October 2015, the Taliban overran the city of Kunduz in northern Taliban, and controlled the city for a number of days. Human rights defenders (HRDs) were targetted both at their homes and their offices.  This report by the Afghan Civil Society Forum Organisation presents findings from their research on how these HRDs were affected, what went wrong and asks their opinions on why the city fell into Taliban hands. It provides recommendations for future protection of HRDs and response to their emergency needs. 

    PDF icon ACSFo Kunduz HRD Research Report Final.pdf
  • Statement of Afghan & International civil society at the Brussels Conference, October 2016

    Ahead of the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan, BAAG organised the Afghan & International Civil Society Workshop on 3rd October 2016. Gathering together some 70 civil society participants in Brussels, the workshop included discussions and presentations.  It culminated with a closing session in which this statement was read out, to a panel of Afghan, EU and US government representatives. The statement presents the collective views of civil society regarding development plans and policies, raising areas of concern and recommendations. 

    PDF icon Final - AICS statement 09Nov16.pdf
  • BAAG: Synthesis of Afghan and International Civil Society Papers for the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan, October 2016

    This paper summarises the key views and recommendations made by Afghan and international civil society organisations in papers prepared for the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan in October 2016. The purpose of this was to inform discussions during and after the conference, at which the Afghan Government outlined the progress made in implementing reforms since 2014 and the international community pledged continued financial support to the country over the next four year period. As a result of this synthesis, core common recommendations from Afghan and international civil society that emerged were:a partnership of mutual respect and co-operation between civil society and governmentthe Afghan government abiding by commitments made and international legal conventions entered intothe continuation of long-term international support to Afghanistan, conditional on the implenentation of reforms  the importance of the role of civil society to be acknowledged and facilitated

    PDF icon Synthesis Paper for BCA 2016 FINAL.pdf
  • Brussels Conference on Afghanistan: communique of participants, October 2016

    On 5 October 2016, the 75 countries and 26 international organisations participating in the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan on 5 October 2016 issued a communiqué, renewing the partnership for prosperity and peace between the National Unity Government of Afghanistan and the international community. They underlined  their collective commitment to deepen and strengthen their cooperation to achieve Afghanistan's self-reliance in the transformation decade (2015-2024) and to create a political, social and economic environment that will allow Afghanistan to consolidate peace, security, sustainable development and prosperity. They noted that important progress has been achieved on Afghanistan's way to a functioning, accountable and increasingly sustainable state, but the substantial challenges that the country still faces require further efforts to safeguard and build on these joint achievements. 

    PDF icon BCA final communique.pdf
  • AICS: The state of the enabling environment for CSOs in Afghanistan, September 2016

    The Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society mandated a baseline study of the enabling environment for Afghan civil society, and the first State of the enabling environment for CSOs in Afghanistan Index.'  Analysing quantitate and qualitative data from over 360 civil society organisations (CSOs) and beneficiaries across five provinces, they found that corruption, limited engagement by the government, deficiencies in the rule of law, lack of protection, poor access to funding and donor-driven policies tied to funding mechanisms were some of the key obstacles to a supportive environment for effective civil society activity.  Opportunities and growth existed though, including increased coordination amongst CSOs. 

    PDF icon AICS Enabling-Environment-Report-September-28-2016.pdf
  • Afghan civil society: Collaborating for Transformation, September 2016

    This position paper outlines priorities and concrete recommendations for the Afghan government and international community, due to meet at the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan (BCA) on October 4-5th. Based on a series of country-wide consultations that took place in July and August 2016, this paper was finalised and endorsed by the Afghan Civil Society Working Committee on the BCA and the 10 official BCA civil society delegates. 

    PDF icon Afghan CSO position paper in the BCA 27Sep16 endorsed.pdf
  • EU: Roadmap for engagement with Civil Society 2015-17, September 2015

    Following consultation with over 130 civil society organisations from all over the country and donors, the EU have developed their Roadmap for how they will support Afghan civil society through to 2017.  The Roadmap identifies long term objectives for EU cooperation with CSOs and immediate actions that need to be taken in three key areas: enabling environment, structured participation and roles, and capacity.

    PDF icon EU Roadmap CSO engagement.pdf