Past Projects

OngoingImplications of COVID-19 for Sustainable Peace in AfghanistanFunded by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, this research is focused on the impact of COVID-19 on capacities for sustainable peace through an examination of the multi-faceted consequences of the pandemic in the economic, social and political arenas at the national level and how these consequences intersect with the peace process and engagement modalities of international stakeholders in Afghanistan.
OngoingCOVID-19 Budget MonitorFunded by UNDP to monitor government budgeting and expenditure for addressing COVID-19 in Nangarhar, Kunar and Laghman provinces.
OngoingNAP 1325 MonitorFunded by Sida to carry out a full implementation analysis of Afghanistan’s National Action Plan to implement the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (NAP 1325) over a period of four years consisting of robust monitoring, related in-depth research, evaluations, and training and mentoring to build capacity of government and civil society organizations to support the operationalization of NAP 1325 in Afghanistan. The scope for this project is 12 provinces, with a focus on public health, education, and access to formal justice.
2019Institutionalizing AccountabilityFunded by UNDP, his project is designed to improve technical capacity of journalists and civil society organizations through legal literacy on Access to Information Law and training courses on anticorruption, data collection and analysis, and evidence-based advocacy. The scope of this project is Nangarhar province.
2016 – 2019Citizens’ Forum Against Corruption Part-funded by the EU Delegation – Afghanistan, this intervention is designed to create a forum through which civil society organizations, businesses, international donors, and ordinary citizens can protect themselves on legal grounds against extortion by corrupt Ministry of Finance officials and demand legislative reform and other actions to curb corruption. The scope for this project is 5 provinces.
2017 – 2019Citizens for NAP 1325Funded by Oxfam Novib, through funds from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to conduct local level monitoring of the efforts to implement the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (NAP 1325) at the local level in 12 provinces focusing on the two pillars of Protection and Relief and Recovery.
2017 – 2019From Black Box to Building Blocks (B4)Funded by the European Union through Oxfam Novib, B4 is intended to strengthen relations between civil society organizations (CSOs) and Local Authorities (LAs) in Takhar, Nangarhar, Herat, Kabul provinces for more responsiveness, efficiency, transparency and accountability in the provision of public health and education. APPRO provides technical support in research, capacity building and policy influencing at the national level in its role as the Secretariat of the National Advocacy Committee for Public Policy (NAC-PP).
2017 – 2018Evaluation of Regional Agricultural Development Program (RADP)

The evaluation employs mixed methods for data collection and analysis as follows:

·         Qualitative data collection: by conducting key informant interviews and focus group discussions (FGDs) with key program stakeholders, and

·         Quantitative data collection: by conducting a population-based survey in the thirteen provinces of Afghanistan.

2015 – 2018Afghanistan Rights MonitorAfghanistan Rights Monitor (ARM) was designed to support informed policy and action on fundamental Civic, Social, and Economic rights protection and promotion through applied research and monitoring, capacity development, and constructive advocacy in 10 provinces. The focus for ARM was to track significant changes in conditions of human rights and possible responses by civil society through constructive advocacy and government through responsive action. ARM was funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs through APPRO-Europe.
2012 – 2017Monitoring Women’s Peace and SecurityFunded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in partnership with Cordaid and Equality, Peace, and Democracy (EPD), MWPS was designed to contribute to efforts to reduce violence against women, foster women’s participation in politics and support their role in the peace process in 15 provinces through applied research on thematic issues as the basis for evidence-based mobilization and advocacy by women at the community level.
2012 – 2017Women’s Initiatives for Social Capital (WISC)Funded by European Union through Cordaid, this project focuses on identifying and addressing the needs of women in 5 districts in two provinces in livelihoods and business activity. As part of this project, APPRO is in charge of conducting a baseline assessment, mid-term review, and end-of-project evaluation. APPRO conducted a training in M&E System Development for the two implementing partners engaged in the project, in 2015.
2012 – 2016Citizens First in Governance Funded by Oxfam Novib, this capacity development and research project was aimed at understanding the actual and potential role of civil society organizations in democratic governance, through evidence-based advocacy, with a focus on agriculture and education.
2016Risk Assessment and Mitigation Training for CSOsFunded by ACBAR, consisted of a training on risk identification, risk assessment, risk mitigation and monitoring for civil society.
2012 – 2015Women in TransitionFunded by Cordaid, this project monitors the impact on women of the transition of security responsibilities from international to national forces in 12 provinces.
2015Research in Support of Advocacy for Political Participation in Sub-national Governance ElectionsResearch was funded by Democracy International and in partnership with Transparent Elections Foundation of Afghanistan to establish the awareness level of local communities about district council elections in 10 provinces. This assessment was the basis for developing outreach and capacity development intervention in preparation for sub-national governance elections.
2015Assessment of Capacity Needs, Development of Training Modules, and Conducting Training for the Technical Education Department of the Ministry of EducationFunded by World University Service of Canada, this project is to add capacity to the Technical Education Department based on first establishing the existing capacities and identifying policy related needs.
2015Comparative Assessment of Social Cohesion and Economic Resilience of Women in Afghanistan and KosovoFunded by Women for Women International (WfWI), to evaluate and compare the impact of WfWI’s programming to increase women’s role in and contribution to social cohesion.
2014Program Evaluation for Global RightsFunded by Global Rights, this evaluation assessed three programs implemented by Global Rights in six provinces since 2011.
2014Baseline Assessment for Women-centered Programming by Oxfam GB in five provinces of AfghanistanFunded by Oxfam GB, this study assessed the changes, due to the security transition, in operating environment for women-centered projects by Oxfam GB.
2014Small and Medium Sized Enterprises of Afghanistan: A Review of Productive Economic Activity by Afghanistan’s Traditional IndustriesFunded by Coffey International, this study assessed the contributions of traditional micro enterprises in the major population centers of Afghanistan with recommendations for future economic policy development by the Government of Afghanistan and its international donors.
2014Evaluation of Food Security Project in Kabul and Mazar-e SharifFunded by Cordaid, to evaluate the impact of financial and technical support to agricultural production as a means to sustainable food security.
2014Evaluation of Sector Support in Saffron Production in HeratFunded by CAFOD, to evaluate the impact of financial and technical support to saffron producers in Herat.
2014Women and Economic Activity in Afghanistan: Challenges and ProspectsFunded by Ministry of Women’s Affairs and UNWomen, this is a research project aimed at understanding how businesswomen succeed in establishing and sustaining business and the challenges faced by them.
2014Assessment of National Action Plan for Women of Afghanistan (NAPWA)Funded by ActionAid, Oxfam GB, and Canadian Embassy in Afghanistan, this assessment is aimed at establishing what has been accomplished under NAPWA since 2008 and measure that need to be taken by the government and international donors in meeting NAPWA’s objectives by 2018.
2013 – 2014Women in Afghan National PoliceFunded by UNDP/LOTFA, this is a mentoring and research project to assist policewomen in sustaining themselves in ANP. APPRO leads a consortium of 4 national women’s organizations tasked to mentor policewomen in ANP. APPRO is tasked with monitoring changes due to this intervention as compared to the baseline conditions and conducting related research.
2013Needs Assessment of Small and Medium-sized Clusters of Traditional Industry in Kabul, Parwan, and Mazar-e Sharif Funded by GiZ to map the clusters and inventory their needs with a focus on skills transfer and microfinance.
2013Evaluation of Afghan Women’s Community Support Program (AWCSP)Funded by War Child Canada to assess the impact and sustainability of AWCSP on the beneficiaries.
2012Feasibility Assessment of Introducing Public Administration Faculties in AfghanistanFunded by GiZ to establish demand and the feasibility of reform in the higher education sector to create Public Administration Faculties at Afghan public universities in Kabul, Mazar-e Sharif, Herat, Kandahar, and Jalalabad.
2012Gender Policy Development and Implementation Skills Training for Gender Unit at Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL)With support from Development Assistance Facility for Afghanistan (DAFA), an AUSAID initiative, training was provided to increase capacity at MAIL to scale out gender policy development and implementation skills.
2012Policy Development Skills Training for Gender Unit’s Focal Points at the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and DevelopmentWith support from DAFA, APPRO provided training to 40 MRRD Gender Focal Point personnel on: 1. policy training and policy analysis, 2. Implementation design and decision tree development, 3. Understanding and developing logical frameworks, ad 4. Setting up a M&E system (including the development of meaningful indicators.)
2011 – 2012Afghanistan and Regional TradeFunded by Aga Khan Foundation – Canada to take stock of Afghanistan’s trade with Pakistan and Iran and identify opportunities for closer trade ties with Central Asian countries.
2011 – 2012Women’s Role in the Peace ProcessFunded by Oxfam to examine the role women play in the peace building process, versus identified for them role at a formal policy level.

Policy Analysis and Implementation Training


With funding from DAFA, this activity aimed to support the formulation of an integrated gender policy and strategy for the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD). Training modules were followed up with mentoring workshops to develop and implement activities toward the operationalization of MRRD’s gender policy.
2011District Government Assessment and Mapping of fund disbursements for local developmentFunded by DAI, to assess efficiencies and redundancies of locally driven development funding allocation, through district governance structures, in Badghis, Farah, Ghazni, Helmand, Herat, Kabul, Kandahar, Khost, Laghman, Logar, Nangarhar, Paktika, Uruzgan, and Zabul
2011Rural-Urban Migration in AfghanistanFunded by Overseas Development Institute for in-depth understanding of the role of conflict in rural-urban migration.
2011Assessment of Demand for Microfinance Products by Small and Medium-sized Traditional Enterprises in Herat and KabulFunded by MISFA to identify new markets and develop new products for the informal productive sector.
2011Feasibility Study for Introduction of Sharia-based Microfinance in AfghanistanFunded by MISFA to assess the market for the introduction of Sharia-based microfinance products.
2011Evaluation of Women’s Rights in PracticeFunded by Rights and Democracy to conduct final evaluation of their project seeking to reform Family Law in Afghanistan.
2011Licensing Reform and Private Sector DevelopmentFunded by the World Bank to map and analyze the trade licensing process and make recommendations for reform to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry
2011Women’s Access to Municipal ServicesFunded by TetraTech/ARD to research barriers to access municipal services by women in Kabul, focusing on roads, parks and sanitation.
2011Critical Analysis of the Customs System in AfghanistanFunded by Harakat to identify barriers to effective customs operations and make recommendations for reform.
2010Understanding role of policewomen in the ANPFunded by LOTFA, to examine conditions and functions played by the police women and identify ways for a better integration of policewomen in to overall ANP structure.
2010Gender and TradeFunded by the World Bank, to assess the role and contribution of women in the Saffron value chain and identify entry points for gender mainstreaming interventions.
2010Analysis of Sexual Abuse of Children in Northern Afghan provincesFunded by UNICEF, to document existing operational procedures to deal with reported cases of sexual abuse in the northern region and make recommendations to strengthen current regulatory capacity.
2010Process Evaluation of Literacy Centers under NESPii and NLAP in Balkh, Bamyan, Herat, Kandahar and Nangarhar provincesA project to evaluate the implementation of literacy programs was managed and what the enabling and disabling factors and actors were in that process. Funded by the Literacy Department of the Ministry of Education.
2010Mid-term Evaluation of the Widows Association for Advocacy in Afghanistan Funded by CARE, to evaluate the impact of a program to support widows in Kabul to become involved in advocating for their rights.
2009 – 2011Gender and the Agricultural Innovation System in Rural AfghanistanFunded by IDRC, to apply a value chain methodology to document women’s role in agricultural production as a foundation on which to build and assess gender mainstreaming policies, programs, and projects in Afghanistan.
2009Mid-term evaluation of Rights and Democracy project “Women’s Rights in Practice”Funded by Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
2009Midterm evaluation of International Legal Foundation Legal Aid Programme “Nationalizing Legal Aid”Funded by Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
2009Mid-term evaluation of MEDA gardening projectFunded by Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
2009Mid-term evaluation of Vocational Training Assistance for Widows ProgrammeFunded by Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
2009Mid-term evaluation of Kabul Widows Humanitarian AssistanceFunded by Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
2009Evaluation of Inclusive Education ProjectFunded by the International Rescue Committee (IRC).
2008Social and Economic Rights Report 2007Commissioned by AIHRC and UNHCR to analyze progress on securing social and economic rights in Afghanistan for the year 2007.
2007 – 2008Critical Assessment of Microfinance in AfghanistanFunded by MISFA to assess the impact of microfinance on business activity and women-owned businesses and to make recommendations for MISFA’s future programming.
2007Sectoral Reform in AfghanistanFunded by the World Bank to critically assess reform to date in the health, education, and municipal services sectors in Herat and Kabul and make recommendations for further reform.