Afghanistan once again stands at a pivotal moment. A peak in conflict is again endangering its journey toward peace and reconciliation. Over 40 years of conflict have condemned Afghans to a life of insecurity. In these decades of conflict, many Afghans have lost their sense of belonging and feel they do not have a voice in addressing the insecurity that denies them the chance to live like any other person in this world. Throughout the years, policy and strategy formulation has mostly taken place in Kabul and other urban areas without the inclusion of many Afghans, including Afghans from the many rural parts of Afghanistan. The strategy formulation that has emerged from Kabul is not supported by academia, qualitative or quantitative data, and lacks connection to many parts of the country. The result has been an elite-centered approach that has failed to address regional sensitivities and priorities. Most importantly, it has failed to deliver peace to the Afghan people.
The Kabul Institute for Peace (KIP) is a non-governmental organization with deep roots in the country and a wide scope of capabilities. KIP was established in November 2020 and is focused on community outreach strategies and program development to enable community-led groups to identify issues and work collectively toward sustainable peace in Afghanistan. Solving the country’s myriad problems requires working directly with Afghans across Afghanistan to develop and identify the will of the people and to support efforts to bring durable peace through a data-driven, evidence-based strategy to address gaps in current policies and to inform decision-making. By equipping communities with the tools they need to act as the engines of their own empowerment, KIP aims to bring Afghans together and to provide the space and resources they need to develop strategies that correlate to, and address, the realities of both rural and urban Afghans. KIP does this by convening community “jirga” assemblies. Through the jirgas, KIP promotes the concept of public dialogue as a key avenue to peace and creates space for Afghans to become the writers of their own destinies. Simultaneously, KIP conducts country-wide surveys at the district level in Afghanistan coming out of these jirgas and generates credible data that can be used to provide Afghan-driven solutions and aims to be a messenger between the decision-makers and the local people.
KIP has also developed strategic partnerships with Afghan-led media organizations that primarily focus on minorities, women, and youth empowerment and advocacy. Through its media campaigns, KIP expands the reach of its activities, projects, and sustainable outcomes and is able to raise public awareness over the community-led solutions emerging from KIP’s work. Other than that, KIP promotes information sharing and capacity building through collaborations with regional research institutes with similar missions.
KIP’s founders have over three decades of experience in Afghan affairs. They bring significant national and international experience in communications, social activism, and politics (at a national and local level). That experience has taught that only by engaging Afghans will Afghanistan find its peace and success. KIP works effectively at the community level because of its founders’ decades of community building and grassroots engagement. KIP’s networks grow from the villages, to strong links with youth and woman’s groups, to senior levels of the Afghan government and various international governmental institutions and organizations. Through experience in political and social campaigns, KIP’s founders have developed an unparalleled database of influencers in a number of different communities, particularly among youth and women, in provinces across the nation.
KIP’s vision is to become a vehicle through which communities from every corner of Afghanistan work together to overcome the challenges of decades of war and economic degradation and stagnation. We aim to create a survey grid that ensures data is collected effectively, accurately, and with a statistically viable number of participants across the country. Our data is available free of charge to academics around the globe. Together with our Afghan brothers and sisters, we will hear all voices, and as a community, we will build toward a durable and sustainable peace for the people of Afghanistan.
The virtues that guide KIP are: honesty, integrity, resilience, compassion, and hope.
The mission of KIP is to listen to the Afghan people and work to deliver sustainable peace.
KIP is a research institute that develops data-driven research initiatives to ensure that Afghanistan’s peace and reconciliation efforts are informed by strategies calculated to address gaps at every step of the peace negotiation process.
KIP provides independent policy recommendations based on data-backed research, opinion polls and surveys, in order to ensure that any peace settlements are aligned with the demands of the Afghan people and result in sustainable peace.
KIP is led by Afghans who have extensive contacts with young Afghans across the country at the district level. Our research institute develops surveys and collects responses across Afghanistan to provide data for policy drivers around the globe. We work with policy analysts to formulate recommendations and provide platforms for conversations of all stakeholders, including the Afghan government, the Taliban, international partners, and most importantly, the Afghan people. KIP provides platforms to ensure all parties have access to an informed, democratic and civil discourse.
The virtues that guide KiP are: honesty, integrity, resilience, compassion, and hope.
Through appointment of a Monitoring & Evaluation Manager, KIP will ensure that we are abiding by our vision, mission and virtues. The manager will develop and implement standards to test and ensure performance and quality standards, standards to determine KIP’s reach and effectiveness, and standards to determine visibility and relevance. Analysis by the Monitoring & Evaluation Manager will be published in annual statements to ensure transparency so that the public, KIP’s supporters and funders are provided a clear and thorough review of our work.
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