CPAU has been building peace locally and producing quality research since 1996, driven by our aims of replacing violence as a cultural norm in Afghanistan, and developing lasting and sustainable cultures of peace, built on a human infrastructure of people committed to engendering a progressive climate of peace within the social fabric and inter communal life of Afghanistan. In these works we have been proud to work with an extensive range of development partners, we have established over 500 peace councils, improved access to justice and reduced violence for hundreds of thousands of people.
The below project histroy details CPAU’s extensive range of peacebuilding, training, conflict analysis, justice mappimg and media works.
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Knowledge and Learning in Developing a Community – An Islamic Perspective
A large programme organised by CPAU in the capital city of Nimroz Province, Zaranj City from 18th to 19th December 2013 with the thematic focus on the role of knowledge and learning in community development. The conference shared the Islamic evidence of impacts which education and social responsibility can make beyond the general assertions of social impact. An Islamic scholar was invited to be the keynote speaker. Dr Jawid Metoo, Islamic scholar from Mauritius, delivered a keynote speech on importance of knowledge in community development. A number of prominent Afghan scholars were also in attendance to provide speeches and presentations on a range of related issues over the course of the conference. Despite the security situation in the Nimroz province a large number of local people attended the conference, drawing around 300 participants of which 45 were female. Following the success of prior conferences, this event was warmly welcomed by a range of governmental institutions, civil society organizations, influential elders, community representatives, university professors and students, Nimroz Provincial Council Representatives and Islamic scholars.
The power of modern countries is based upon their knowledge
Mr Alhaj Abdulghafoor Zori of the Nimroz High Peace Council
Peace Building and Conflict Resolution from an Islamic Perspective
This conference was conducted by the Cooperation for Peace and Unity (CPAU) on 18th and 19th December 2013. This was the sixth conference out of 12 similar conferences which will be held continuously from October 2013 and in the each month two to three similar conference will be held within the greater Kandahar region. This report outlines the achievement of the two-day with unexpected number of participation in the two days conference.
Assessment of Dutch Integrated Police Training Mission in Kunduz
Informal justice structures continue to play a significant role in dispute resolution across Kunduz province and Afghanistan in general. However, they can not work without cooperation and partnership with formal counterparts such as the Police and the Judiciary. We need to understand the importance of capacity building and development of the Police and Judiciary to enhance their roles in communities for better partnership with the traditional institutions.
Great Kandahar Forum, Fourth Conference Report held in Herat
This report covers the conference by CPAU and Twan Media that took place from 27th to 28th November 2013 in Heart on promotion and advocacy for peace, human rights, citizenship rights and responsibilities from an Islamic perspective. This had been clearly illustrated by the active involvement of the unexpected high number of participants of the two-day conference. The conference placed the thematic focus on rights and responsibilities of citizen and had recorded 304 participants.
Kandahar Forum, Third Workshop held in Herat Province
Kandahar Forum on women education which recorded more than 400 participants, conducted on 12th to 13th November 2013 in Herat. The participation of women was overwhelmingly high (around 200+). The following paragraphs will provide a detailed account on issues had been covered and discussed during the forum.
Kandahar Forum Workshop held in Helmand Province
As part of Cooperation for Peace and Unity’s (CPAU) and Twan Media Productions implementation of the Greater Kandahar Forum Program (GKFP) also known as the Ulema Exchange Program, we have successfully completed the second conference in Helmand province. This conference was held on the 28th and 29th of October 2013 for two days, with a particular focus on the role of councils bringing about peace.
عقد تفاهمنامه چوکات همکاری مشترک میان شورای عالی صلح و نهاد های جامعه مدنی
در نشست مشترک که بین نهاد های جامعه مدنی و هیات رهبری و اجرایوی شورای عالی صلح دایر گردیده بود سند موافقتنامه همکاری بین دو نهاد متذکره به تصویب رسیده امضآ شد . مطابق این سند (چهار چوب همکاری میان جامعه مدنی و شورای عالی صلح ) که به ابتکار یک تعداد از نهاد های جامعه مدنی افغانستان ترتیب و بعد از مشورت با شورای عالی صلح نهایی و به تصویب رسید ، جانبین در چهار محور ذیل با هم همکاری مینمایند
جلسات و مشاورت های مداوم با شورای عالی صلح و مردم در محلات جهت ایجاد اعتماد به پروسه صلح و حمایت از آن
1. جلسات و مشاورت های مداوم با شورای عالی صلح و مردم در محلات جهت ایجاد اعتماد به پروسه صلح و حمایت از آن
2. ایفای نقش پل ارتباطی بین شورای عالی صلح و مردم در جهت رسیدگی به شکایات و رفع نگرانی های آنها
3. آموزش های تخنیکی و مسلکی
4. بلند بردن سطح آگاهی مردم و ترویج فرهنگ صلح
5. انجام تحقیقات تحلیل و ارزیابی های علمی در عرصه های مختلف از جمله نظارت موثر از تطبیق بر نامه و ارایه پیشنهادات بر اساس یافته های ان و پیگری از تطبیق آنها
جهت مطالعه نقل کامل سند چهارچوب همکاری و اعلامیه مشترک کانفرانس لطفآ لینک زیر را تعقیب کنید
Kandahar Forum 1st Workshop held
The first in a series of Greater Kandahar Forum Programme (GKFP), also known as the Ulema Exchange workshops was held between the 7th and 8th of October, 2013. This was the first out of twelve conferences to be held throughout the Greater Kandahar region, with this event maintaining a particular focus on the discussion of peace, women’s rights and gender equality.
Dr. Nasrullah Adel, the esteemed Egyptian Islamic scholar, engaged the participants through notable exchanges on peace and gender equity in Islam which was well received by the participants. The overwhelming level of attendance demonstrated the commitment of local communities to long-term peace, education and democracy in Kandahar, with over twice the number of expected attendees.
A total of 550 participants were received, including 100 women, representing a variety of government organisations, civil society organisations, elders and community representatives, university academics and students, Provincial Council Representatives and Islamic Scholars from throughout the Greater Kandahar region.
CPAU to kick start the Greater Kandahar Speakers Programme – “Kandahar Forum”
Funded by: The US Embassy – Kabul
Cooperation for Peace and Unity (CPAU) initiated a programme called “Kandahar Forum”, funded by the US Embassy – Kabul. The programme is an exchange between international Islamic scholars and Afghan religious scholars and leaders. The events related to this programme are held in Greater Kandahar region.
Many Islamic scholars across the world have perceptions about Afghanistan (and other Islamic countries in conflict) informed through news and media. Through this programme, CPAU aims to bring the Islamic Scholar closer to the people and their experiences in Afghanistan. We aim to provide them a platform to exchange their views on the religious issues of their experience (mostly social i.e. family issues, land issue, sciences related, community conflict resolution etc.). It is not only a sharing of experience but also learning about realities on the ground. The project is for a period of 6 month starting 1st May 2013 where 12 workshops/ seminars are going to be held.
CPAU aims to diversify the experiences and knowledge of the programme for the audience, hence invites Islamic Scholars from across the world to the Greater Kandahar region. The set up of the workshops/ seminars consists of upto 3 days workshop where the Islamic Scholars are required to participate in one preplanned day of these events. Twan Media, CPAU’s media partner will broadcast the programme through RTA radio and also produce a TV documentary about this event for future TV broadcast.
Women and Elections Radio Programme: “STAND UP, SISTERS!”
Funded by: The US Embassy – Kabul
The situation of Afghan women has been one of the most prominent areas of rhetorical focus of the international development community in the post-Taliban era. After years of conflict and forcible exclusion from the public sphere, women have been gradually emerging as a social, political and economic force. However, women’s participation in the electoral process in Afghanistan has been marred by low literacy, cultural and social restrictions on their movements, and the lack of availability of candidate information . Despite gains made, 12% of women reported they had no information about the Parliamentary elections in 2010 while only 25% said they had a lot of information; 43% of women did not vote at all. . Since 2001 the media landscape has undergone ‘incredible growth’ and, according to the Afghan Media Report 2010 for USAID, now has 175 FM radio stations. Statistics from The Asia Foundation survey show 68% of respondents pinpoint their main source of information as the radio. Furthermore, where people had more information they were more likely to cast a vote.1
This progress provides a strong opportunity to broadcast information and encourage electoral engagement amongst women. CPAU’s project for a Women’s Radio programme called ‘Stand up Sisters!’ addresses this need with an innovative format that includes guest editors, in-the-field recordings from hard-to-access populations, interactive engagement including women’s listen-in groups, a telephone support hotline and an all female-led production team. The first set of programmes will be broadcast at the beginning of June 2013; with an intensive 3-month build up of programme content and capacity conducted during the summer. Empowering women to participate in elections also involves educating men and it is hoped that exposure to our proposed radio show will also influence the thinking of men. This effect has been noted in the UK where the respected BBC radio programme “Women’s Hour” has a 40% male audience. More specifically, the objectives of the programme are as follows:
- Gender Unit of the Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) and United Nations Development Fund of Women (UNIFEM). 2009. One step forward, two steps back? Lessons learnt on women’s participation in the 2009 Afghanistan Elections.
- The Asia Foundation, 2010. Voter behavior survey.
- Ciar Byrne, 03 Feb 2006. ‘Woman’s Hour’ discovers a new audience: Men. The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/womans-hour-discovers-a-new-audience-men-465457.html
Afghan Leader’s Visit to the US
Funded by: The US Embassy – Kabul
Religious conservatism and ideological fundamentalism are not just exhibited by the Taliban, but to a large percentage of Afghans in all sectors whose views on religion have affected the social dynamics of daily interactions with all groups of people, especially women. The Afghanistan-US Exchange Programme implement by CPAU and Meridian International, leverages on an existing CPAU’s US Embassy-funded project, Kandahar Regional Speaker Program where Muslim scholars or professors in the region and the US are invited to speak to Afghan delegates in the Loya Kandahar provinces to address local issues. The AF-US Exchange Programme technically forms the second part of a bicultural exchange programme, this time showing the way of life and culture of Muslims and non-Muslims of the United States. Upon Afghan Leader’s return to Afghanistan, CPAU-Twan will organize three distinct media engagement activities to the constituents of these leaders.
Evaluation of JICA Kabul New City Project
Partner: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
The estimated population of Kabul City is now over 4 million and has almost doubled since 1999. The rapid growth of population is likely to continue for the next decade and will reach about 6.5 million by 2025.
JICA has prepared a master plan for the development of the Kabul Metropolitan Area, which having being approved by the Government in a Presidential Decree will now be implemented. The plans include considerable development of the current Kabul City with improved infrastructure and facilities, and plans to construct a new residential and commercial district for the expanding population. CPAU is an overall evaluator of this programme will measure the progress to date of the Kabul Metropolitan Area Development (KMAD) against the strategies and methodologies set out in the project documents. The aim of this evaluation is to guide the execution of the project more effective in achieving its objectives and targets during the rest of the cooperation period.
CPAU Radio Drama Project
Partner: US Embassy
In 2012 CPAU was very excited to begin a new phase of our development as a peacebuilding organisation, and were able to secure a project in partnership with the US Embassy of Kabul to produce and broadcast a radio drama. In partnership with sister organisation CPAU-I a professional recording studio has been constructed in CPAU Head Office, and a team of writers and actors have been busy finalising scripts and recording episodes. The show focuses on the life of a woman in Uruzgan, who overcomes societal disapproval, to open a market stall to provide financial support for her family. Through the drama, there is encouragement of acceptance of women in broader roles, and information is included on key topics such as elections.
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Support to Local Justice in Kapisa and Sorobi, Phase II
Partner: French Embassy
Support to Local Justice in Kapisa and Sorobi, Phase II, is an extension of a previous CPAU project of the same name, which has been carried out in partnership with the French Embassy through the Pole de Stabilite Fund, and also with local partners International Development Legal Office (IDLO) and Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA). Throughout the first phase of SeLJuKaS CPAU supported the establishment of 100 Peace Councils in Nijrab, Tagab and Sorobi and around 2,360 men and women have been trained in a) Concepts: conflict, violence, peace, development, identity, power, b) Skills: conflict analysis, communication, negotiations, mediations, perceptions and c) Strategies: conflict management and resolution style. A legal awareness campaign has reach around 1,550 people through local engagements in Mosques and schools and around 233,900 people through local media. Around 2,443 children in Nijrab, Tagab and Sorobi have received ongoing Peace Education throughout the project.
Phase II of the SeLJuKaS project is a continuation of the successes of Phase I and will be implemented throughout 2013. CPAU will continue its close partnerships with IDLO and IWA in monitoring and recording both formal and informal cases. Most importantly, this project will see CPAU continue to train and assist local communities in establishing mechanisms to resolve disputes without a recourse to violence – the foundation of peaceful development for the future.
Capacity Building, Training and Assessment
Partner: Solidarites International
CPAU in September 2012 was contracted through Solidarites International (SI), to provide training in the key areas of Conflict Resolution, Legal Awareness, Advocacy and Community Communications. CPAU head trainer travelled to Bamian province to meet with SI field operatives in the Panj-Amu River Basin Program (P-ARBP), and there conducted a 5 day training program. SI work in Natural Resource Management (NRM) and CPAU were able to conduct training that will allow them to implement their works more effectively, through improved community communication and engagement, and especially through implementing Do No Harm principles.
CPAU is able to draw on over 16 years of experience in these areas, and our extensive experience working in rural Afghanistan with local partners and stakeholders. Key to successful interventions is local ownership and understanding of the aims of interventions.
District Assessments of Dushi and Nahrin, Baghlan Province
Partner: Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zuzammenarbeit (GIZ)
These two district assessments carried out by CPAU in 2012 for GIZ, are detailed reports of the actors and power structures, of the conflicts and security situation and their underlying root causes, as well as the socio-economic conditions present in each. GIZ has over 60 projects running Afghanistan, ranging from education, to reconstruction and agriculture. Given the complex and potentially problematic nature of conducting interventions in Afghanistan, organisations such as GIZ need reliable and up-to-date field analyses of conditions in specific locations. CPAU has excellent networks and access to communities across Afghanistan, and is able to draw on these to provide reliable, in depth, timely and relevant reports that allow for organisations to make key decisions for the future of their programming.
Rule of Law and Stabilisation – Informal Justice
Partner: Checci Consulting and USAid
CPAU’s Rule of Law And Stabilisation – Informal (RLS-i) program work reflects the core of our peacebuilding efforts. This work centres on communities in rural Afghanistan, where over thirty years of war and insurgency have undermined Traditional Dispute Resolution (TDR) mechanisms. TDR mechanism form the backbone of the Afghan legal system, with CPAU research estimating over 80% of the population rely on these structures for access to justice.
The RLS-I project implemented in partnership with Checci and USAid, was designed to address the primary objectives of (1) strengthening/improving TDR mechanisms, (2) strengthening linkages between formal and informal sectors, and (3) developing approaches to address long-term intractable disputes. These objectives follow the development hypothesis that efforts at improving and strengthening the TDR system will increase stability in the project districts where stability is indicated by perceptions of increased access to justice, increased confidence in TDR mechanisms, and a decrease in long-standing, intractable disputes.
Building Peace Locally Kunduz – Including Strategic Conflict Analysis and Conflict Mapping
Partner: The Dutch Embassy
Building Peace Locally in Kunduz (BPL) is a 31 month community-based justice, peace and reintegration project. Its intent is to strengthen a sustainable culture of peace in Kunduz province. The project will see the formation of sixty new Peace Councils, and continued Support in the form of Justice Support Workers to 70 existing councils, previously formed by CPAU. These Peace Councils are spread across four districts, and CPAU programs department will oversee Conflict Resolution training, and workshops in justice linkages and grievance resolution – key areas where small training projects can make a real impact on improved stability and reduced violence at the community level. In addition, CPAU will oversee a communications campaign, that includes the preparation and distribution of print materials and the creation and broadcast of province wide radio broadcasts; both aim to improve legal awareness and community knowledge of the existence and availability of the Peace Councils.
The project also includes a Strategic Conflict Analysis of Kunduz Province, and a Justice Mapping – both being completed by CPAU research department. These pieces of research will add to existing research on Kunduz province, and will detail the location and nature of conflicts, as well as providing an assessment of underlying causes and trends, and exploring root causes of any conflict.
Assessment of Integrated Police Mission – Kunduz
Partner: Dutch Embassy
The Dutch government having set up an Integrated Police-training Mission (IPM) in Kunduz is working with CPAU in order to effectively monitor the successfulness of the project. The IPM is a complex mission in a complex environment. The IMP seeks to support the build-up of the Afghan civilian police and other elements of the rule of law sector in Kunduz province such that they are more accessed, more capable and better protect the rights of the population in Kunduz province. CPAU will support the Dutch IPM in Kunduz by conducting the necessary task of providing monitoring and evaluation of the progress of the IPM.
This impact assessment will follow a consensus building approach that draws on Afghan and Dutch experts in the prioritization design and execution of research projects that provide contextually sensitive feedback on the impacts of Dutch IPM interventions appropriate both for program adjustments and communication with the Dutch parliament and public.
CPAU in the course of this project will produce several case-studies of successfully resolved cases that highlight improved access to justice and a greater capacity of the legal services and the police, and these will in turn be turned into a series of documentaries of international quality – it is hoped these will be aired on Dutch television once completed.