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On August 30, 2016 Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization (APPRO) presented an overview of a planned cross-accredited course on Policy and Institutional Analysis, a partnership between APPRO and Ghent University, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Attending were 40 members of Afghan civil society and government institutions. The presentation included an overview of course objectives and content, admission requirements, and the accreditation process.

About the Course

This course is a key component of APPRO’s Afghanistan Rights Monitor project. Despite significant efforts to support good governance in Afghanistan over the past 16 years and demonstrated capacity within government institutions and civil society, systematic and cohesive approaches to address the fundamental rights of Afghan citizens remain lacking and state-civil society relations, a pre-requisite for good governance, remain weak and unstructured. Laws and policies are developed without sufficient input from civil society and lack reliable evidence base.

This course is designed to engage, simultaneously, civil society actors and government authorities on how best to develop strategies, approaches, and sound policies to address such fundamental rights as food security, access to basic services such as health and education, and freedom from corruption and extortion.

This course trains the participants on how best to improve state-civil society relations on addressing fundamental rights in a system of good governance. If you want a strong civil society you need strong relations between the government and its citizens to address basic issues such as education needs, food security, a safer environment for women, etc. regardless of political orientations. As individuals we have to assume that certain rights have to be present if society is to develop and prosper. – Saeed Parto, Director of Research, APPR

Course contents are designed for students and practitioners interested in the dynamics of decision-making at different scales of organization in volatile contexts. The course introduces participants to the fundamentals of policy and institutional analysis, emphasizing the importance of context specificity. Participants will gain in-depth appreciation of different methods, theories, and practical tools to deconstruct complex policy choice problems in different settings and to identify and evaluate viable policy alternatives to support and protect fundamental rights, such as the right to food, shelter, clear water and other basic services in Afghanistan.

On successful completion of the course, the participants will be awarded 4 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits through Ghent University (Belgium). This course is fully funded by the Kingdom of the Netherlands. No fees will be requested from the first 80 participants. In return, participants are expected to commit to attend all courses and duly complete all required assignments for certification. The participants will become members of the Policy Analysis Alumni Club, facilitated by APPRO, to continue learning from other members and their experiences in operationalizing the skills they acquire through taking this course. The participants will also be invited to join National Advocacy Committee for Public Policy, and umbrella advocacy organization with sub-committees on education, food security, rule of law, anti-corruption, and NAP 1325.

30 participants will be selected for the first batch of courses delivered in October 2016. A total of 4 course batches will be offered between October 2016 and December 2017

Additional information:

  • In-Class time: Nine sessions (09:00-12:00), consisting of a lecture and a seminar.
  • Attendance: Participants to attend all lectures and seminars. Sessions are held Saturdays, Mondays, and Wednesdays (for 3 weeks).
  • Time commitment: Estimated at between 70-100 hours in total, including lecture/seminar contact time.
  • Assignment Week: Week 4 is allocated for completing the open-book exam assignment.
  • Readings: A comprehensive reading list will be provided to all participants.

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