Initiative to Promote Afghan Civil Society (IPACS)
In recent Afghan history, relations between the government, elected officials and civil society actors have been complex and plagued by misunderstanding. This study was designed to better understand the ways in which elected officials, government, and civil society actors are currently working together to help shape law and policies in Afghanistan, as well as to identify ways to improve their engagement. Two laws – The Media Law and The Election Law – and two policies – the Afghan National Development Strategy and the Basic Pack on Health Services – form the centre of this study. Interviews and focus group discussions were held with elected officials, government, and representatives of civil society (largely CSO’s) at the national, provincial and district levels to better understand the ways in which they have been engaged in the formulation of these laws and policies.