Civil society

  • BAAG: Consolidated lessons learnt from donor conferences, June 2014

    BAAG is organising a large scale civil society conference ahead of the London Conference on Afghanistan which will take place in the UK towards the end of 2014, co-hosted by the UK and Afghan governments.  As part of our planning and consultation process, we contacted various organisations involved in previous donor conferences on Afghanistan, such as those held in London, Bonn and Tokyo.  This report captures their feedback on the challenges faced in ensuring Afghan civil society has a voice in such conferences, but also indicates how progressive improvements have been made in recent years. 

    PDF icon Consolidated lessons learnt re. donor conferences 210514.pdf
  • Afghan Journalists Safety Committee: Open Letter to President Karzai, May 2014

    Following a worrying rise in the number of attacks and intimidation against journalists, the Afghan Journalist's Safety Committee have presented the below letter and petition to President Hamid Karzai.  Given their data that 63% of attacks in the second half of 2014 were committed by government officials, their request for greater protection and improved relations between the media and government are well founded.  

    PDF icon Afghan Journalists Safety Committee openletter.pdf
  • Chatham House: Leaving them to it? Women's rights in transitioning Afghanistan, May 2014

    As part of Chatham House's Afghanistan: Opportunity in Crisis programme, Torunn Wimpleman looks at the state of women's rights activism and programming.  Amongst other points she raises the need for greater programmatic focus on masculinity and the roles of men and boys, and the dangers of short-termist programmes by large NGOs at the loss of long-term community-led behavioural change programmes by small local organistaions.  

    PDF icon CH CMI Women'sRightsAfghanistanWimpelmann.pdf
  • BAAG: Transition and Non-Government Organizations in Afghanistan, January 2014

    BAAG, in partnership with ENNA (European Network of NGOs in Afghanistan) and APPRO (Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization), surveyed various NGOs operating in Afghanistan in mid-late 2013.  This research reveals their concerns and recommendations on the various scenarios which could result from the security, political and financial transitions of 2014.  Whilst all surveyed NGOs are firmly committed to continuing their programmes in Afghanistan, there are various complex issues they and their donors must address. 

    PDF icon NGOs in Transition.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
  • 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
  • CIMA: An Explosion of News: The State of Media in Afghanistan, February 2012

    The Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) at the National Endowment for Democracy commissioned this study of the state of Afghanistan's news media. The report surveys the current media landscape, with particular attention to the hundreds of publications and dozens of broadcast outlets that have blossomed in Afghanistan since the Taliban were ousted from power.

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  • ENNA/VENRO: Bonn - Priorities for action, December 2011

    Joint NGO position paper for Bonn Conference, signed by BAAG, European networks of NGOs working in Afghanistan and individual aid agencies.

    PDF icon Venro_PositionspaperAfghanistan-Bonn Conf final.pdf
  • LSE: Civil Society Development in Afghanistan, June 2010

    Elizabeth Winter of BAAG researches the development of civil society in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban in this report for the London School of Economics and Political Science.

    PDF icon Civil Society in Afghanistan-June2010.pdf
  • BAAG: An Alternative View, Conference Report, January 2010

    Ahead of the inter-ministerial London Conference on Afghanistan in January 2010, BAAG, with support from ACBAR (Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief) convened a one-day Afghan civil society conference.  This report presents the discussions, opinions and recommendations of those present - Afghan civil society leaders and activists, international development experts from NGOs and think tanks, members of Afghan government institutions and others.   The day culminated in the presentation of a civil society statement, their agreed recommendations on security, governance and development in Afghanistan to ministerial representatives of the co-hosts of The London Conference.

    PDF icon BAAG An Alternative View Conference 2010.pdf
  • NGOs and Humanitarian Reform: Mapping Study Afghanistan Report, May 2009

    This report highlights key challenges and dilemmas that the humanitarian community in general, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in particular, are facing in Afghanistan today. The report concludes with two overarching recommendations. The first is that in order to enhance the perception of neutrality, independence and impartiality of their humanitarian activities, particularly in those areas of the country where working with legitimate local authorities is no longer possible, NGOs should establish a Humanitarian Consortium that would distinguish itself from other actors on the ground by a recognizable symbol (e.g. pink vehicles or a particular logo) and by a set of 3 principled, clear and transparent operational guidelines.The second relates to the urgent need to launch a communications strategy aimed at the general public and all belligerents to explain the principles, objectives and modus operandi of consortium agencies. This should include efforts to ensure that the vernacular media provide a balanced presentation of humanitarian activities, a campaign to sensitise decision-makers at the sub-national level (provincial councils, governors, leading mullahs), including efforts directed at influencing the leadership of the insurgency on humanitarian access and the rights of civilians caught up in conflict.

    PDF icon 0294-Donini-2009-NGOs-and-Humanitarian-Reform-Mapping-Study-Afghanistan-Report.pdf

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