Given that the concept of civil society in Afghanistan is still widely unknown and civil society organizations are slowly growing, ACSFo has played a role in promoting its development. One of the major goals of ACSFo was to work toward an inclusion of civil society into the reconstruction, development, and peace process of the country. This has been done by raising the voice of civil society at workshops and dialogue forums and contributing to political processes (e.g., consultations on the constitution). Furthermore, ACSFo tried to provide tools and information to civil society in order to become critical and independent actors, through targeted civic education campaigns across the country.
In order to achieve nationwide reach, ACSFo began to network partner organizations across the country in order to reach into every corner of Afghanistan. ACSFo believes this growing network to be the strength of the organization and an opportunity to gather the civil society actors for joint, cohesive and collective action.
Overall the past activities of ACSFo are very much related to its overall mission of promoting civil society and furthering democracy. The Jamea-e-Madani (civil society) magazine so far has proven to be one of the key pillars of ACSFo activities. It has been warmly welcomed and is respected for its quality content within the intellectual and academic community in Afghanistan. The magazine covers a wide-range of civil society topics, and has been published sixty two times so far (348000 editions that are distributed throughout the country) and total of 2 million people have been benefited. Special editions were dedicated to the constitution-making process and the Afghan elections
Following are some of the major workshops and events conducted or participated by ACSFo:

Key Workshops and Events Place and Date
First Afghan Civil Society Conference Bad Honnef Germany, 2001
Second Afghan Civil Society Conference Kabul, 2002
Workshop on Trade & Private Investment in Afghanistan Kabul, 2002
First Afghan Youth and Civil Society Conference Kabul, 2002
Conference on Collaboration between Government and NGOs for the Reconstruction and Development of Afghanistan Kabul, 2002
Joint Civil Society and Constitution Commission Consultation Workshop on Key Constitutional Issues Kabul, 2003
Feedback Meetings on the Draft Constitution in 22 provinces 22 Provinces, 8 – 9 December 2003
Networking Youth Groups Across Afghanistan in collaboration with AYCA Herat, 2004
Civil Society Participation in Afghan Peacebuilding and Reconstruction; in collaboration with Friedrich-Ebert Foundation and swisspeace Berlin, 2004
Civil Society Dialogue with Presidential Candidates Kabul, 2004
Three Days lecture on Civil Society (Prof. Dr. Spanta from Auchen University) Kabul, 2004
Civil Society Meeting on Elections: Evaluation and Expectations from the Elected Government Kabul, 2004
Workshop on Women Peace and Security; in collaboration with International Alert Kabul, 2004
UN Security Council Resolution 1325 Women, Peace, Security issues and instruments – The Afghan Context Kabul, 2004
Celebration of the Kabul University graduate students day Kabul, 2004
Disabled advocacy workshop Kabul, 2005
Men’s role on eliminating violence against women (joint Workshop with Voice of Women-Sadaye-Neswan) Kabul, 2005
Counter Corruption advocacy meeting Kabul, 2005
Advocacy meeting with all stakeholders on Parliamentary elections Kabul, 2005
Mapping of Human Rights Material in Afghanistan December 2004 to July 2005
London Consultation Conference Data Analysis and Reporting Kabul, 2006
Joint Political Parties and Civil Society Discussion on Election Law Kabul, 2007
Civil Society Views on Interpellation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Kabul, 2007
Joint Civil Society and Ministry of Educations Workshop on Afghanistan’s Education Strategy Kabul, 2007
Peace Building Workshops (11 April 2007 to 13 – 14 May 2009) Kabul and Provinces
Main problem identification in the provinces Afghanistan, 2007
Violence elimination Balkh, 2007
Family Violence Nangarhar, 2007
Community Problem Solving workshop Kabul, 2007
CSOs and Community Solving workshop Kabul, 2007
Project Cycle and Proposal writing workshop Kabul, 2007
Celebration of National Peace Day Kabul, 2007
Civil Society Discussion on National Impunity Bill Kabul, 2007
Community Problem solving workshop Afghanistan, 2007
DAI/LGCD Joint Civil Society and Government Capacity Building Program for fourteen Provinces Afghanistan, 2008
Conflict Transformation workshops Afghanistan, 2009
Conflict Transformation and Do No Harm Afghanistan, 2009
Conflict Transformation Afghanistan, 2009
Conflict Transformation Afghanistan, 2009
Peace Building and Conflict transformation Afghanistan, 2009
Peace Building and Conflict transformation Afghanistan, 2009
Peace Building and Conflict transformation Afghanistan, 2009
Peace Building and Conflict transformation Afghanistan, 2009
Peace Building training (organizational  governance) in cooperation of Noor Educational Center Kabul, 2009
Human Rights workshop Kabul, 2009
HRM and GA workshop Kabul, 2009
Human Rights workshop Kabul, 2009
Human Resource Management Kabul, 2009
General Administration Kabul, 2009
Basic Finance Kabul, 2009
Human Rights Kabul, 2009
National workshop on civil society strategy Kabul, 2009
TOT for the Lead trainers (TAF Project) Kabul, 2009
Face to Face and On the spot briefings (elections) Afghanistan, 2009
Nation Civil Society Strategy Conference Kabul, 2009
Counter Corruption Conference Kabul, 2009
Nation-wide Awareness Raising & Civic Education Campaigns Place and Date
Civic Education on Constitution-Making Process
Through a consortium of 13 Afghan NGOs ACSFo educated a total of 1,809 (251 women) community leaders that came from all districts across Afghanistan. In a special women-outreach program with an 11 Women’s NGOs, ACSFo educated an additional 1,074 women in 15 provinces. It was estimated that through this decentralized process (community leaders educated their communities) we reached about 10-15% of the Afghan population.
Afghanistan (the additional provinces were Farah, Ghor, Helmand, Kandahar, Khost, Kunar, Laghman, Logar, Paktia, Paktika, Parwan, Samangan, Uruzgan, Wardak, Zabul)

May – July 2003

Civic Education on the Presidential Elections
Phase I: Through a consortium of 7 Afghan NGOs (88 CEPs, 26 women), ACSFo educated a total 145’466 (43% women) individuals in 7 city outside Kabul (Nov 2003 – Feb 2004).
Phase II: Through a consortium of 15 Afghan NGOs (412 CEPs, 137 women) covering 28 provinces, we educated about 1.8 million individuals (31% women) about the voter registration and election process for the presidential elections.
Afghanistan (7 urban cities outside Kabul and 28 provinces)

November 2003 – October 2004

Civic education on parliamentary elections:
ACSFo provided a nationwide civic education for the parliamentary elections outreach on the parliamentary elections as a sub-contractor of the Joint Election Management Body (supported by UNOPS), through a Consortium with 15 Afghan NGOs (1,539 CEPs, 30% women) in 28 provinces in two phase.
Phase I: Re-registration Phase – May – July 2005
5,271,308 individuals (33.26% women) were reached.Phase II: Voting Phase – August – September 2005
ACSFo educated a total of 2,834,842 Afghans (34% women) in face-to-face sessions (F2F). In this phase the total outreach became 8,115,150 and another 1,018,297 (27% women) in CMEs, on the spot activities (e.g. mock elections) and briefings were reached.
Afghanistan (28 provinces)

May to October 2005

Initiative to Promote Afghan Civil Society (funded by Counterpart International)
The overall goal of the project is to contribute in improving the role and viability of Afghan civil society entities.
Objectives:
  • To strengthen ACSFo capacity, system and structure.
  • To Develop capacity of partner Organizations (CSSCs)
  • To develop capacity of target Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)

The project has proved well in terms of raising the awareness of the CSOs and partners regarding different topics such as human rights, advocacy, general management and other related topics
Following are detailed achievements of the project:
Total of 800 CSOs and Partners CSSCs staff (300male, 500 female) have been trained on various topics like Advocacy, Human Rights, General Administration and Proposal Writing.May 2005 to Sept 2010Civic Education and Public Awareness through Media funded by (Oxfam Novib)
The “Civic Education and Public Awareness through Media” project was a three year project (May 2006 to April 2009) funded by OXFAM-NOVIB and implemented by ACSFo. The aim of the project was to create a well-informed and proactive citizenship particularly in rural areas where information and access to information is limited.
The project proved effective in terms of the expansion of the civil society network in provinces.

  • Equipping the Resource Centre Library to home around 2500 books.
  • Establishing Afghanistan Study Section within RC library for the youth and students in particular.
  • Providing membership cards of the Resource Centre Library and Internet Access Centre to more than 655 (114 female) individuals.
  • Eleven seminars have been conducted in which afghan academicians and intellectuals delivered scholarly lectures on liberalism, civil society concept in the course of history, civil society and Islamic scholars, civil society and democracy, liberalism, The role of media in Afghanistan, Latest theories of Media, Which Economic System is proper for Afghanistan, Ways to find peaceful methods to Afghanistan crisis, developing policies and way of its implementation in Afghanistan, mines in Afghanistan and private investment and Do No Harm.
  • Identification of 54 civil society entities in 17 provinces and their inclusion in the ACSFo network in order to enhance the civil society network.
  • Development of 10 training manuals (5 Dari and 5 Pashto) of citizenry rights, women rights, constitution, parliament and democracy.
  • Empowering a cadre of 33 trainers (5 female and 27 male) in Kabul and provinces.
  • Implementation of 164 training programs with participation of 4105 (2860 female and 1245 male) covering all regions.
  • Establishment of the Internet Access Centre. The facility benefited a total of 5583 (499 female and 5084 male) who visit the internet access centre. This means an average of 7 persons per day.
  • Uploading of a new version of the ACSFo website in English. More than 3800 different (articles, reports, book reviews, poems, stories, laws, resolutions, constitutions, codes of conduct, biographies, profiles, pictures of events and conferences etc) are made available to users at www.acsf.af. Currently the website has more than 200,000 visitors.
  • Installation and maintaining of 250 information boxes in 227 schools, 10 Universities and higher education institutions within 22 provinces.
  • Publication of 33 editions of ACSFo Civil Society monthly magazine (Jamea-e-Madani) containing different civil society topics.
  • Distribution of the Jamea-e Madani magazine in 180,000 copies across the country, using the established network of ACSFo.
  • Broadcasting a total of 144 Radio programs twice a week in 5 province of Afghanistan, on civic education with a duration of 15-20 minutes.
  • Three press conferences were held concerning the celebration of International Peace Day and the life-threatening heavy snow falls in the country.
  • Total 5 books have been published on different civic education topics and two other civic education books are under work (“lessons on civics” which is being worked on and will be published in Dari and Pashto).
  • Three Advocacy Committees were established in Herat, Jalal Abad and Gardez.

Twenty five provinces of Afghanistan (Badakhshan, Konar, Laghman, Nangarhar, Khost, Paktia, Logar, Ghanzni, Kandahar, Daikondi, Wardak, Parwan, Kapisa, Kabul, Panjshir, Baghlan, Bamyan, Samangan, Kondoz, Balkh, Jowzjan, Sar-e-pul, Faryab, Herat and Takhar)
May 2006 to April 2009Peace Day
Celebration of Peace Day
Introduction:
ACSFo has been celebrating peace day in Afghanistan either autonomously or by cooperating with other organizations. In the year 2007 ACSFo celebrated the National Peace Day as the lead organization of ACSONP (Afghan Civil Society Organization Network for Peace) in a grand scale in several provinces of the country with the financial support of different donors (HBF, DED, British Embassy, World Bank, GTZ, and SCA) and cooperation of a number other organizations.
Project Purpose:
The rationale behind the project was to raise awareness for the importance of peace for the reconstruction of the country among the direct and indirect beneficiaries and to encourage them to raise their voices for that and take joint action in a bottom-up approach to promote a culture of peace in Afghanistan.
Achievement:
Afghanistan witnessed around 60 events in her different corners on September 21, the Peace Day. Between 110-5000 people attended each event. Altogether more than 42,000 direct beneficiaries were targeted. Only Zabul and Nuristan couldn’t witness the celebration of peace day because of security reasons.
Outputs:
The Outcome of the project were:

  • Media campaign with a broad outreach
  • Collection of articles published and distributed nationwide
  • Peace Prize winner selected nationwide
  • Events took place in all provinces of Afghanistan conveying the message of peace

Long term impact:
To raise the awareness is the first step for a change of attitudes and behaviour of the people, the latter will be the impact of the project. People reflect more about the way they act and have gained confidence that they are not alone in their endeavours.
The network intensified its efforts even after Peace Day to advocate for Peacebuilding and initiate other Peacebuilding activities. The project was an Afghan ownership. The number of ACSONP member is growing as well as the number of volunteers.Afghanistan, Kabul and provinces
September to October 2007ACSFo Follow up for CSC Training to Provincial Officials funded by DAI
The goal of the LGCD Component One – Support to Local Public Administration and Governance – is to improve provincial and district level government capacity to deliver services that are responsive to citizen needs.
Achievements:

  • Provided technical assistance in training of 1120 civil servants in 14 provinces with implementing partner NGOs.
  • 112 trainers of implementing partner NGOs trained on TOTs.
  • 126 different project reports of partner NGOs compiled and consolidated and submitted to donor agency.
  • 11 success and impact stories/reports from provinces published in Jamia-e-madani magazine
  • 9 Technical assistance trips made to provinces and their reports submitted to donor agency
  • Developed all project required reporting formats.

15 Dec 2007 to 15 August 2009CSC Training, Office of the Governor, PDC, And
Selected Line Ministries, funded by DAI
Achievements:

  • Trained 110 civil servants on general management, IT & basic English
  • Trained 6 trainers on adult methodology.
  • Total of 6 course completed and one project close up report was submitted to donor agency.
  • Developed training materials on general management, IT & English for civil servants

 

 

 

 

Nangarhar province
1 Dec 2007 to 30 June 2009

Afghanistan Rule of Law – Women’s Rights under Islam funded by IFES
Goal and Objectives: To explore the evolving social, cultural, and religious roles of women in contemporary Afghanistan

 

  • Enable a cultural debate about the rights of women
  • Increase people’s knowledge about women’s rights under Islam
  • Enhance the ability of Afghan women to protect their rights and access to justice
  • Enable men and women to use religious and legal argument for the rights of women in Afghanistan

Achievements:

  • Primary survey on women rights under Islam. Most of the publications and researches which were conducted about women rights under Islam were collected and incorporated in the analytical report.
  • Secondary survey of Women rights under Islam. 1500 questionnaires filled and analyzed through SPSS. Result and an analytical report prepared.

Two kinds of activities carried on women rights under Islam 1.Conducting seminars, 2. Media activities

  1. 133 seminars were conducted within 9 nodal points and seminars were conducted for the following participants
  • CG consultant Groups (15-20) individuals were selected as consultant groups at the nodal point level and a seminar for each nodal points conducted in the centre of nodal points
  • Three seminars conducted for students in three nodal points
  • Ten seminars conducted for teachers in 10 provinces of the coverage area
  • One interactive session conducted for three villages of each province
  • One seminar was conducted for three districts of every province of the coverage area.
  1. Media activities
  • 42 PSA (public service announces) conducted during the project period
            • 15 PSA on Marriage
            • 12 PSA on Mahr
            • 15 PSA on child marriage
  • 15 Talk Show conducted on the different subjects (Marriage, Education and women social activities)

1-Aug-07 to 31-Aug-08

Capacity Building of Civil Servants funded by DAI
Achievements:

  • Trained 110 civil servants on general management, IT & basic English
  • Trained 6 trainers on adult methodology.
  • Developed 11 milestone, 6 course completion and one project close up reports and submitted to donor agency.
  • Developed training materials on general management, IT & English for civil servants.

Paktia province
1 Dec 2007 to April June 2009People Defined Violations and Justice funded by HBS
The goal of the project was to “Discover people’s understanding of violation and find out suggestions to address the sufferings in order to strengthen peace through a people-proposed justice and reconciliation”.
Last 50 years history of Afghanistan was targeted period for the project.Afghanistan, nine provinces
15 Dec 2007 to 15 April 2008Community Policing funded by Global rights
Goal : Capacity building of Law enforcement authorities
Following are the major achievements:

  • The residents of the District I are no longer disturbed by the heavy traffic which was often caused by the heavy trucks loading/unloading in the neighbourhood. Based on NWC’s suggestions, the police department decided to limit or to disallow the trucks’ operation to a particular day or night.
  • The police department now consults with the community representatives for the deployment of the check posts commanders, while in the past the department never consulted such issues with any concerned members of the community.
  • Community representatives are now warmly received by the police department while a positive and practical relationship has been created between the NWC and the police department.
  • Patrolling of police is now more friendly and professional and suspects are not insulted in public anymore
  • Female students are no longer suffering from the disturbance of unruly individuals as the police mobile team is controlling the area especially during the school time.
  • The Police department is active, responsible and ready to take action in timely manner.

 

 

 

Kabul
15 July 08 to 30 Apr 09

STEP funded by CPI
Goal: Raising awareness of the local communities and civil society entities in the three provinces of Afghanistan through 13 CSOs on how to engage and increase people’s participation and the electoral processes
Achievements:

  • Total of 3,768 sessions were conducted in the 28 districts and 18 city districts (Nahias)
  • Raising awareness sessions were provided for 125,994individuals (25205 female and 100789 male during the F2F and public meetings. 1826 villages were taken under coverage of the STEP project from month of June 2009 to 21 December 2009 (
  • Capacities of the direct beneficiaries were informed through the electoral messages and they got more prepared for the last election. The level of interest was increased and more people attended the sessions.

Kabul, Wardak and Parwan
8 April 09 to 21 Dec 09Peacebuilding
The primary activities conducted by ACSFo Headquarter and five provinces during the project period include:

  • Capacity building of ACSFo HQ and regional cadre of trainers on peace

building, conflict transformation and “Do No Harm”

  • Peacebuilding ToTs
  • Peacebuilding trainings for ACSFo partner and member organizations in Kabul
  • Peacebuilding trainings in provinces
  • Facilitation of roundtables and dissemination of project activity reports
  • Developing and publishing of peacebuilding and “Do No Harm” training Manuals
  • Contribution to Celebration of National Peace day

Project Achievements

  • Internal peacebuilding and communication capacity of ACSFo is strengthened on peacebuilding Training of Trainers, Conflict Transformation and Do No Harm Topics
  • The capacity of ACSFo member and Partner NGOs and other civil society entities for conflict resolution and dialogue is strengthened and the number of entities involved in peacebuilding activities is increased
  • Increased awareness of ACSFo staff and its partner and member organization staff on peacebuilding, conflict transformation and “Do No Harm”
  • Increased and improved awareness of ACSFo staff on conflict management and communication.
  • ACSFo Partner NGOs are enabled to implement Peacebuilding workshops themselves
  • The Afghan Civil Society Organizations Network for Peace (ACSONP) of which ACSFo is a member organization is supported and lessons learnt and best practices of the 2008 Peace Day celebrations were implemented on 21st Sep 2009.
  • Conflict resolution mechanisms on local community level strengthened
  • Culture of peace spread to some extent through target beneficiaries to their relatives and companions.
  • Mutual understanding and dialogue between different ethnicities and other groups affected by conflicts is increased and prejudices as well as false perceptions are reduced
  • 348 individuals including 129 females were trained on Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation and Do No Harm trainings.
  • International peace day celebrated in close cooperation and coordination of FCCs in Mazar jointly with CCA on 16th September 2009.
  • Many School students and teachers, member of school cultural committees, mullahs, religious leaders and university students and teachers trained on peace building topics both in Kabul and as well in provinces.
  • Networking and coordination with member and partner organization have been increased
  • A tool developed for Conflict Transformation and Analysis programme
  • ACSFo peacebuilding section responsible participated regularly in the meetings at FCCS office which were held for international peace day celebration
  • Interdepartmental communication and coordination has enchanced
  • A quotation requested which was announced for bidding purposes to train 72 employees of DACCAR ACSFo peacebuilding section won the requested quotation and selected to train their employees on Conflict Transformation sessions in 20 days
  • Peacebuilding section head participated in Conflict Transformation and Analysis Program in Kathmandu, Nepal on March 15 2009 which was arranged by the financial support of ICCO
  • Following to the above mentioned workshop three teams were selected for three provinces that ACSFo representative selected as team leader for Bamyan province to conduct a five day research in order to find out the proximate, recent and root cause of CT, ACSFo Peacebuilding section head visited the Bamyan province and prepared the report and submitted to ICCO.
  • International peace day celebrated by the financial support of ACSFo in Ghor province with close cooperation and coordination of National and Social Youths Organization/Youths Committee

 

 

 

 

(Kabul, Bamyan, Nangarhar, Mazar and Paktia)
Jan to September 2009

Civil Society Workshop funded by Swedish Committee for Afghanistan
Goal: To develop a working strategy by international and national experts for Civil Society Organizations in Afghanistan”
Following are the major achievements:

  • The draft of working strategy for Civil Society in Afghanistan was developed.
  • A document on review and revisit the work done before was achieved
  • The current challenges (Strengths, Weakness, opportunities and threats) reviewed and analyzed
  • Networking among the participants of the conference was strengthened
  • New coordination mechanisms introduced to better link Civil Society organizations
  • The strategic issues and concerns for civil society in Afghanistan was found
  • The strategic directions and themes for civil society in Afghanistan was found

1 Jan 09 to 28 Feb 09Afghanistan Rule of Law funded by CHECCHI
Goal:
The goal of the project was the facilitation of cultural debate and increasing people’s knowledge about women rights under Islam and Afghan national laws.
Achievement:

  • National study of tribal laws and practices affecting women’s rights.
  • An analytical report on women rights under Islam and customs affecting women rights was prepared.
  • 7 Consultative Group seminars in 7 nodal points, 2 students’ seminars in 2 nodal point and 6 teachers’ seminars in 6 nodal points was conducted.

20 Jan to 23 Feb 09Civic Education on Presidential Election funded by The Asia Foundation
The project was essential for raising the awareness of people regarding the elections and civic education in Afghanistan.
The project included three main activities of, on the spot briefings, face to face sessions and radio programs through which the related messages were delivered to people.
The overall goal of the project was to raise people’s awareness to participate in democratic processes particularly the Presidential Elections of 2009. The project was designed to focus on the importance and implications of a transparent election, explain the benefit of voting within democratic processes, encourage and motivate people to participate in the election.
Through this project total of 128,351 people’s awareness were raised regarding the political process and elections in Afghanistan besides total of 119,350 brochures containing election messages were distributed in the target provinces. In addition total of 110 radio programs regarding the above messages were broadcasted.Paktia, Khost, Ghazni, Urozgan, Kandahar, Nimroz and Helmand
May 6th to 19th August 2009(State buildingnation building

UN Elect Radio Project (Civic Education on Presidential and Provincial Council Election) funded by UNDP

The aim of this project was to reach as wide an audience as possible and disseminate information on elections in a comprehensive, accessible and effective manner in order to include all sectors of society. The programs helped to educate and motivate people for taking greater part in the upcoming presidential elections as well provincial council’s elections.
The civic education on presidential and provincial council elections was a two month project the content of the program was to broadcast radio programs regarding the concept of elections in Afghanistan and other related issues to elections to raise the awareness of the people.
Through this project total of 40 radio programs were broadcasted

Helmand, Khost, Kandahar, Farah and Nimroz
4th July – 20th August 2009Civic Education for Homebound Women funded by The Asia Foundation
Introduction: The project is a house to house civic education which raises the awareness of the homebound women regarding different civil society issues and socio-political rights.
The project has two components, firstly the civic education which is implemented or house to house visit and radio programs in the mentioned provinces
Achievements:
Civic Education:

  • Paktya:
  • Center: Civic educators visited 154 houses totaling 310 participants
  • Ahmad Abad: Civic educators visited 135 houses totaling 285 participants
  • Sayed Karam: Civic educators visited 167 houses totaling 416 participants
  • Jaji Aryob: Civic educators visited 135 houses totaling 381 participants
  • Chamkanai and Dand-e Patan: Civic educators visited 229 houses totaling 581 participants
  • The civic educators visited 820 houses totaling 1973 participants entirely.
  • Kandahar:
  • Arghandab: Civic educators visited 45 houses totaling 63 participants
  • Daman: Civic educators visited 44 houses totaling 69 participants
  • Dand: Civic educators visited 50 houses totaling 66 participants
  • 1st City district: Civic educators visited 147 houses totaling 288 participants
  • 2nd City district: Civic educators visited 86 houses totaling 170 participants
  • 3rd City district: Civic educators visited 15 houses totaling 31 participants
  • 4th City district: Civic educators visited 36 houses totaling 55 participants
  • 5th City district: Civic educators visited 55 houses totaling 106 participants
  • 6th City district: Civic educators visited 17 houses totaling 32 participants
  • 10th City district: Civic educators visited 58 houses totaling 91 participants
  • Entirely civic educators visited 553 houses totaling 971 participants

 

Radio programs:

  • Broadcasting guideline prepared for targeted provinces radio station
  • Job descriptions prepared for Radio Monitors
  • Prepared reporting format for Radio Monitors and Radio stations
  • Produced the signal for the program under the title of “ Civic Education”
  • Produced total of eight radio programs under the title of “ Civic Education”
  • Total of eight radio programs sent to the 12 targeted provinces radio stations
  • A total of 4 Radio program were Broadcasted and rebroadcasted in the targeted provinces radio stations

 

Kandahar, Helmand, Urozgan, Zabul, Nimroz, Paktya, Paktika, Khost, Ghazni, Nangarhar, Laghman and Kunar provinces
April – 15th August 2010

 

Civic Education and Public Awareness through Media – Extension funded by Oxfam Novib

Introduction: The aim of the project was to develop the process of having well-informed and proactive citizenship particularly in rural areas where information and access to information is limited.

The project proved in terms of the expansion of the civil society network in provinces.

The core activities of the project included Development of training manuals, ACSFo monthly magazine, newsletter, public outreach trainings, TOT, establishment of advocacy committee, development of public relations strategy, printing books, Afghan intellectual conference, radio programs, installation of information boxes, CSO identification and coordination meetings.

Achievements:

  • 17 CSOs were identified in Bamyan, Nangarhar, Wardak, Kunar, Badakhshan, Logar and Faryab provinces
  • 48 trainings sessions conducted in Badakhshan, Nimroz, Kunar, Wardak, Ghazni and Helmand provinces, totaling 1066 participants including 457 female
  • 115 information boxes were installed in 76 schools and 19 universities/teacher training institutes of Ghor, Laghman, Ghazni, Wardak, Nimroz, Bamyan, Kabul, Badakhshan, Kunar, Nangarhar and Faryab provinces.
  • 3 student gatherings were held for the students in Badakhshan, Nimroz and Faryab provinces totaling 290 participants including 55 female.
  • Two scientific lectures held in Badakhshan and Faryab provinces, totaling 240 participants including 44 female
  • Two coordination meetings were held in Kabul between identified CSOs for coordination of information sharing mechanism

 

 

Badakhshan, Nimroz, Kunar, Wardak, Ghazni and Helmand
15th September 2009 to 30th April 2010

Community Policing project funded by GTZ

The goal and objectives of Community Policing:
Goal of the proposed project is to bridge the gap between community and police forces in the Argo district.

The objectives
The objectives of CP project are as follows:

  • To conduct impact surveys in Argo district to find out the peoples’ attitude and perception about the police behavior and measure the impact of the project.
  • To introduce the concept of community policing in Argo district of Badakhshan province
  • To establish cooperation and building trust between community and police;
  • To build the capacities of police of Argo District in administrative and financial management
  • To strengthen relations among the Community, Police, Ministry of Justice and Public prosecutor;
  • To establish and promote awareness and compliance of the police and community volunteers about Afghan national laws.

 

Achievements:

    • Residents of Argo are not suffering for fast driven vehicles of police personnel now. NWC reported that police personnel are driving their vehicles fast and this concern was shared with chief of police and he advised polices not to drive fast any more in the area and this problem has been sorted out.
    • Police department agreed to not delay the community application beyond 72 hours, this issue was followed up by NWC and it was understood that police department are active and the applications of the community are following up according the police rules.
    • Chief of police agreed to not torture the suspected people anymore in public.
    • NWC members suggested for appointing female police staff in Argo district. Chief of police agreed in this regard but he advised the NWC and SC to be patient for a while because the situation still is not feasible for appointing female police staff in this district.
    • A policeman got 100 Afs bribe from someone on the way to the police department. Chief of police discovered this issue and asked the police to return back money to the named man. This issue was done in public and one of the NWC members confirmed it in the meeting.
    • Patrolling of police personnel is regular now, while community was complaining irregular patrolling in the past. This concern was raised in the feedback monthly meeting. This issue was shared with chief of police and he advised the police personnel to conduct more patrolling in town and take care of the city residents.

Badakhshan
February – November 2010Democratic Policing Project funded by UNDP
Democratic policing project is being implemented in the 7 districts of northern skirt of Kabul province and 17th district of Kabul city. This is a pilot project and hopefully this project will be extended to most districts of Kabul province and most of the provinces of Afghanistan.
Project output:
LOT1.

  1. The first draft of 7-days training module was prepared and it is usable by CP trainers in the pilot districts
  2. Materials for preparing information desk curriculum have been prepared and it is going to be completed soon.

LOT2.

  1. 4 rounds of 7-days training for 100 police personnel have been completed in the 8 police stations of the pilot districts.

LOT3.

  1. Installation of information desk completed in the 8 police station

 

Mirbachakot, Guldara, Sharkardara, Kalakan, Qarabagh, Istalif, Dehsabz and 17th district of Kabul
March – September 2010

 

SDC Civic Education Baseline Study Project:

Goal:
The goal of the project was to understand the existing level of knowledge on citizens’ roles and responsibilities in the targeted areas, as well as their understanding of the roles of other actors towards citizenship.

Objectives:
The objectives of this project were:
To find out the current status of the selected people with respect to their level of civic knowledge/education.

  • To make available knowledge for an effective civic education program that focuses on encouraging responsible and informed political participation, among both rights holders and duty bearers.
  • To develop abilities of project staff to manage, develop and monitor civic education related Baseline Study projects independently in targeted areas.

 

Achievements:

  • Output:
  • The output of the project is a three days long capacity building training, the training material developed, model structure for the questionnaire and a model questionnaire.
  • Enhanced capacity of ACSFo to conduct such studies with strong methodology and professionalism.

 

  • Outcome:

The SDC Civic Education Baseline Study Project implemented has formed a fifty three pages Report comprising a set of recommendations, findings that will be utilized for the future decision making of civic education related projects in the targeted areas.

 

 

Badakhshan and Takhar
December 2009-June, 2010