Hey everyone! It looks like my next trip will be to Afghanistan sometime in the next couple of months. For security reasons, I will not be sharing the exact dates, and I probably won’t be publishing entries while I’m in country. My plan is to write some blog posts while I’m there but not immediately post them; I will upload some blog entries when I return.
Why Go to Afghanistan?
You may remember that my previous trips to Afghanistan were to work with Counterpart International’s Initiative to Promote Afghan Civil Society (IPACS-II). That program has since been completed. However, Counterpart’s work in Afghanistan is not done — a new program has begun that is called the Afghan Civic Engagement Program (ACEP). This program is a five-year program, funded by USAID, and implemented by Counterpart International in partnership with the Internews Network, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) and the Aga Khan Foundation USA. The overall goal of ACEP is to enable Afghan citizens to influence policy, monitor government accountability, and serve as advocates for political reform. The ACEP program focuses in five key areas: 1) promoting consistent engagement of civil society organizations (CSOs) with government organizations; 2) building CSO and media expertise in democracy and governance reporting and monitoring; 3) increasing civic engagement; 4) promoting public access to independent news and public affairs information; and 5) building CSO organizational capacity.
You can learn more about Counterpart International’s Afghan Civic Engagement Program (ACEP) here.
I’m returning to Afghanistan to provide support and training to our field office as well as local partners in the areas of gender mainstreaming (increasing attention to and capacity for promoting gender equality and female empowerment in activities and organizations) and organizational development.
For more information about Afghanistan, please feel free to check out previous posts on this blog. You’re also welcome to take a look photographs from my previous visits on Flickr through the link below.