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Afghanistan Rights Monitor: Baseline Assessment

Afghanistan Rights Monitor (ARM) was designed to support informed policy and action on fundamental rights protection and promotion through research, constructive advocacy, and increased capacity of public institutions. ARM is premised on the idea that institutionalization of fundamental rights in Afghanistan’s system of governance must filter into the everyday practices of both government and civil society actors. This baseline report and subsequent four-monthly monitoring reports cover 10 provinces (29 districts in total), selected to represent the diversity of conditions throughout the country. “Fundamental Rights” are conceptualized broadly to include Civic (governance, political rights, and freedom of expression), Social (health, food security, education, and family rights), and Economic (right to work and protection at work). The crosscutting themes running through these three pillars are gender relations and corruption.

Research Fields:   Governance Human Security

نظارت از حقوق اساسی شهروندان افغانستان : گزارش مقدماتی

Afghanistan Rights Monitor (ARM) was designed to support informed policy and action on fundamental rights protection and promotion through research, constructive advocacy, and increased capacity of public institutions. ARM is premised on the idea that institutionalization of fundamental rights in Afghanistan’s system of governance must filter into the everyday practices of both government and civil society actors. This baseline report and subsequent four-monthly monitoring reports cover 10 provinces (29 districts in total), selected to represent the diversity of conditions throughout the country. “Fundamental Rights” are conceptualized broadly to include Civic (governance, political rights, and freedom of expression), Social (health, food security, education, and family rights), and Economic (right to work and protection at work). The crosscutting themes running through these three pillars are gender relations and corruption.

Research Fields:   Human Security

د افغانستان ښاریانو د اساسی حقونو څارنه لومړنی راپور

Afghanistan Rights Monitor (ARM) was designed to support informed policy and action on fundamental rights protection and promotion through research, constructive advocacy, and increased capacity of public institutions. ARM is premised on the idea that institutionalization of fundamental rights in Afghanistan’s system of governance must filter into the everyday practices of both government and civil society actors. This baseline report and subsequent four-monthly monitoring reports cover 10 provinces (29 districts in total), selected to represent the diversity of conditions throughout the country. “Fundamental Rights” are conceptualized broadly to include Civic (governance, political rights, and freedom of expression), Social (health, food security, education, and family rights), and Economic (right to work and protection at work). The crosscutting themes running through these three pillars are gender relations and corruption.

Research Fields:   Governance Human Security

MDG 3, NAPWA, SDG 5, NAP 1325: What Next?

This brief underlines the common themes and issues raised in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the National Action Plan for the Woman of Afghanistan (NAPWA), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Afghanistan’s National Action Plan for the implementation of the United Nations’ Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1326), referred to as NAP 1325. The key purpose of this brief is to draw the attention to the fact that there are adequate provisions for women’s rights in all of these policy instruments, individually and collectively. It is now time to act on the promises of these policy statements, starting with defending the gains made by and for Afghan women since 2001.

Research Fields:   Human Security

Monitoring Women, Peace, and Security : A Rapid Assessment

This rapid assessment was carried out during August-December 2015 in 15 provinces (38 urban and rural districts) for developing evidence-based advocacy tools to be used in meeting UNSCR 1325 / NAP 1325 objectives at the local, district level, in Afghanistan. The report takes account of the general security situation, the existing gender relations within the target communities, the existing capacity requirements for WPS interventions to take place at the local level, and whether or not there is demand for such interventions.

Research Fields:   Human Security

Women in Transition: A Synthesis

This report presents a synthesis of monitoring conducted since 2012 on the impact of the security transition on women. The baseline assessment, carried out during September-December 2012, and the subsequent four monitoring cycles, carried out from January 2013 until December 2014, sought to assess the likely impact of security transition on the lives of Afghan women.

Research Fields:   Human Security

Traditional Clustered Enterprises of Afghanistan – A Synthesis

This synthesis report is the product of persistent efforts by researchers from Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization (APPRO) since 2009 to alert Afghan governmental authorities and international donors to the need for a better understanding of productive and resilient forms of economic enterprise in Afghanistan as the basis on which to devise sustainable economic programming. Based on the findings from these studies, this paper makes a case for policy and programming focus on clustered enterprises as resilient, productive, and licit economic actors offering untapped potential for strengthening the role of private sector in Afghanistan’s political economy and economic reconstruction.

Keywords: Political Economy, Clusters, Small Enterprises.

Research Fields:   Political Economy

Women’s Rights, Taliban, and Reconciliation: An Overview

This paper is based on primary research by Antonio Giustozzi and data from secondary sources, notably , the monitoring reports by Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization (APPRO) on the impact of the transition of the security responsibilities from international to national security forces from September 2012 until December 2014. It takes stock of the different positions expressed by the Taliban over time regarding the conditions of peace and examines the response these views might attract once in the public domain.

Research Fields:   Human Security
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