• Afghan & International Civil Society Synthesis Paper - GCA 2018.

Afghan & International Civil Society Synthesis Paper - GCA 2018.

05 February 2019

BAAG is pleased to present the Afghan and International Civil Society Synthesis paper. This paper summarises the key views and recommendations made by Afghan and international civil society organisations in position papers prepared for the Geneva Conference on Afghanistan (GCA), held on 27th and 28th November 2018.

Civil society views are outlined in seven areas: (i) peace and security; (ii) citizen’s rights and protection; (iii) displacement and integration; (iv) governance and corruption; (v) the economy; (vi) development in health, education, agriculture and livelihoods; and (vii) a new way of working: the humanitarian–development–peace nexus.

Given the mutual challenges faced by the Government of Afghanistan (GoA), the international community and civil society in achieving their common goal of developing Afghanistan and improving the wellbeing of its citizens, the following overarching recommendations are offered by Afghan and international civil society:

  • GoA should acknowledge the importance of civil society — Afghan and international — in furthering Afghanistan’s development, and engage civil society organisations in a spirit of mutual respect, co-operation and support;
  • GoA should abide by international conventions and treaties entered into, and strive to fully implement ratified legislation and official policies;
  • Donors should deliver long-term support to Afghanistan, dependent upon the GoA’s implementation of reforms and attainment of short-term deliverables; and
  • All actors should realise the humanitarian–development–peace nexus; enabling and supporting the adoption of collective, needs-based and people-centred programming.

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