Afghan Peace and Development Research Program
Founded in fall 2021 and formally announced in March 2022, the Afghanistan Peace and Development Research Program (APDRP) amplifies and increases attention to the voices of Afghan peace and development practitioners and scholars nationally and internationally.
With unique expertise and experience working on an inclusive Afghan peace process over the last twenty years, the APDRP focuses on three primary goals:
- Identifying options for a regional peace process
- Generating support for national-level mediation to support an inclusive Afghan constitution
- Accompanying local peace and sustainable development initiatives drawing on the existing Community Development Councils created under the Afghan National Solidarity Program
In each of these areas, the APDRP also seeks to improve human rights for women, girls, and other at-risk groups in Afghanistan.
Since its inception following the fall of Kabul to the Taliban, the APDRP has organized a series of public policy forums focused on understanding the unfolding situation in Afghanistan, responses to the new Taliban regime, reflections on the United Nations secretary-general’s report regarding the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan’s mandate, and exploring the risks of a renewed phase of armed conflict. Additionally, the APDRP convened one Track II dialogue and published three podcast episodes, as part of The Kroc Cast podcast series, that highlighted the impact of the humanitarian catastrophe on Afghan women.
APDRP programs have drawn in a diverse group of participants, including individuals from minority ethnic groups, civil society organizations, women’s movements, businesspeople, and religious leaders in Kabul, Afghan provinces, and the global diaspora. Additionally, representatives from Norwegian, United States, and United Kingdom governments and United Nations officials have participated in the Program’s activities during this period.
Image: Daily Life in Herat, Afghanistan. UN Photo/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0