• Salah: Civil society recommendations for the NATO Summit 2014, September 2014

    These recommendations reflect civil society concerns over the imminent withdrawal of international combat troops, the restricted capacity of the Afghan security forces, and issues relating to their accountability.  Salah is a consortium of 8 Afghan civil society organisations focused on policy and advocacy for promoting peace and security. 

    PDF icon Afghanistan Peace and Security - SALAH 3.pdf
  • Heinrich Böll Stiftung: From hidden struggles towards political participation, July 2014

    The Heinrich Böll Stiftung (hbs) is a German foundation with a history of support to civil society in Afghanistan.  They collated this collection of interviews with Afghan women - activists, parliamentarians, professionals.  It presents a unique insight into the drive, will and determination of today's Afghan women to improve their situation and drive forward peace, security and development in Afghanistan.  

    PDF icon Afghan womens perspectives on pand s.pdf
  • Chatham House: Rebooting a Political Settlement, July 2014

    As part of their Afghanistan: Opportunity in Crisis programme, Chatham House review how the political reconciliation and peace-building process in Afghanistan is faltering.  Events of the last year - the Taliban office opening in Doha, the prisoner exchange between US soldier Bowe Bergdahl and 5 Talib inmates of Guantanamo Bay - have progressed the cause, but not to their full potential.  Meanwhile, the tactics of the international government involvement come under scrutiny. 

    PDF icon CH Rebooting a political settlement Jul14.pdf
  • FCO: UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace & Security, June 2014

    The Foreign & Commonwealth Office's 3rd National Action Plan was launched at the Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict Summit in London.  The NAP reflects the government's aim to put women in a central role in the prevention and resolution of conflict.  With Afghanistan as a priority country, the outputs and activities will help support meaningful results for women in the government's programmes and those of their partners.  

    PDF icon UK 2014-17_NAP Women Peace Security.pdf
  • International Alert: Conflict Ideas Forum 4, September 2013

    For its 4th Conflict Ideas Forum in June 2013, International Alert convened an informal meeting of representatives of civil society, academia and aid agencies in London. The purpose was to discuss the realities and myths associated with the international military withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014 and its potential consequences on local conflicts within the wider region,with a view to identifying possible peacebuilding interventions.  BAAG Director Jawed Nader participated in these discussions.

    PDF icon Int Alert ConflictIdeasForum4_Summary_ Jun2013.pdf
  • High Peace Council: Joint Declaration with Civil Society Organisations, September 2013

    Over the course of 2013, a number of Afghan Civil Society Organisations have been in discussion with the High Peace Council, sharing ideas and opinions on the role of civil society in the peace talks and Afghanistan's peaceful future.  In September they agreed a framework of cooperation and coordination which they believe will support a peace process that is inclusive, guarantees the rights of all Afghans and protects national interests.  The framework and joint declaration can be read here.  These documents are also available in the Reports in Dari section. 

    PDF icon Civil Society and High Peace Council Joint Declaration - English.pdf, PDF icon Civil Society and High Peace Council Cooperation Framework - English.pdf
  • Danish Institute for International Studies: Taliban Talks, March 2013

    Taliban Talks: Past, present and prospects for the US, Afghanistan and Pakistan takes stock of the efforts to achieve some level of reconciliation with the Taliban after more than 11 years of war. It deals with the recent history of initiatives to engage with the Taliban, outlines the challenges to these initiatives and derives some recommendations for how to move forward with the peace processes. 

    PDF icon DIIS Taliban Talks Jun2013.pdf
  • RUSI: Taliban Perspectives on Reconciliation, September 2012

    This paper, from the Royal United Services Institute in London, is based on interviews with four senior Taliban interlocutors about the Taliban's approach to reconciliation.  It focuses on their views on three main issues: international terrorism and the Taliban's links with al-Qaeda and other armed non-state actors, the potential for a ceasefire and parameters for conflict resolution and the continuing presence of US military bases in Afghanistan.

    PDF icon Taliban Perspectives on Reconciliation Sept. 2012.pdf
  • ActionAid/Womankind/IDS: From the Ground Up, September 2012

    This report examines the role of women in local peacebuilding initiatives.  Based on research in Afghanistan, Liberia, Nepal, Pakistan and Sierra Leone, it demonstrates how men and women define peace differently and identifies a series of barriers to women's participation in peacebuilding.  It  sets out a  series of recommendations to designed remove those barriers and ensure women's participation.

    PDF icon From the Ground Up Sept. 2012.pdf
  • BAAG: Peacebuilding in Afghanistan and Perspectives on Civil Society's Role, September 2012

    A report of workshop proceedings which took place in Dublin, the Republic of Ireland, from 23-27 February 2012. It was organised by the British and Irish Agencies Afghanistan Group in association with Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation. It was attended by 17 Afghan peacebuilders and civil society activists from across Afghanistan, as well as peace practitioners, politicians and civil society representatives from other conflict areas. The aim was to discuss peacebuilding and facilitate an exchange of ideas about civil society’s role in peace processes. The workshop sessions explored a range of perspectives on the peace processes in Northern Ireland and the Balkans.

    PDF icon BAAG-2012-peace-building-rep final.pdf
  • World Bank: Winning Hearts and Minds through Development, July 2012

    This policy research working paper, based on a field experiment in Afghanistan, examines the effectiveness of development programmes in countering insurgency.  Its findings suggest that such programmes have a generally positive impact in relatively secure areas, but have little effect in areas which already have high levels of violence.

    PDF icon World Bank Winning Hearts and Minds through Development July 2012.pdf
  • PTRO: Unheard Voices - Afghan Views on the Challenges of the Peace Process, March 2012

    Whilst finding widespread support for the national peace process, PTRO’s survey of 4,763 respondents across 16 provinces finds confusion over the details of the current Afghan Peace and Reintegration Programme (APRP), a process that has seen “limited gains and a general lack of credibility among the Afghan population”.

    PDF icon Unheard Voices - Afghan Views on the Challenges of the Peace Process March 2012.pdf
  • Central Asia and Afghanistan: Insulation on the Silk Road, Between Eurasia and the Heart of Asia, March 2012

    The Peace and Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) examines how Afghanistan fits into the dynamics of regional security. This is the third paper in the PRIO Project ‘Afghanistan in a Neighbourhood Perspective’.

    PDF icon Central Asia and Afghanistan Insulation on the Silk Road March 2012.pdf
  • CPAU: Strategic Conflict Analysis of Afghanistan

    This Cooperation for Peace and Unity report examines how Swedish development cooperation in Afghanistan affects, and is affected by, conflict in the country.  Combining over 300 interviews and a large number of conflict analysis sessions with stakeholders and experts, the report aims to provide a better understanding of the conflict dynamics in Afghanistan.  It also provides a more specific analysis of northern Afghanistan in order to aid future peacebuilding, state- building, and conflict-prevention efforts.

    PDF icon CPAU Strategic Conflict Analysis of Afghanistan Jan. 2012.pdf
  • Afghan People’s Dialogue on Peace: Laying the Foundations for an Inclusive Peace Process, December 2011

    This report, prepared by a group of Afghan civil society organisations and the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, notes the views expressed by hundreds of Afghans from a wide range of professions, backgrounds, ethnicities and regions from all over the country on issues of peace, security, justice, economic development, and reconciliation.  

    PDF icon Afghan Peoples Dialogue on Peace.pdf