Building on our 16 years of field experience, CPAU uses its community links and networks to undertake various research projects, which reflect the issues of concern to Afghan people directly from the grass-roots level. Having already built up trust and credibility in the regions where the organization is present, a solid platform exists that enables effective community feedback on existing interventions between communities and external change agents, while at the same time facilitating the systematic analysis of the relationship between processes and outcomes across a wide range of communities. CPAU’s research capability grew from our programmatic work and the assessment that the reports that were being generated to support field initiatives could be researched further to develop broader understanding of focus issues. CPAU’s research department was incorporated in full in 2006, and has since then produced numerous publications in partnership with many organisations and across a diverse range of subjects. CPAU’s research is authentic and objective, we aim to maximise the learning potential from our experiences and work, and to use this to influence and advocate for positive change in Afghanistan.

Research Agenda and Policy

CPAU has the capacity to be proactive in setting the agenda on new research topics that can contribute new knowledge, and the dissemination of information, to enrich national debates on peace and development in Afghanistan. CPAU’s main expertise lies in justice and conflict assessment, and some of our key work has included expert research into justice mapping and monitoring, accessibility to justice for vulnerable groups, human security monitoring, human studies into adaptability & security in changing environments, religious civil society and its influence, as well as strategic conflict analysis reports and local conflict trend analyses. CPAU is able to deliver excellent results, and generate meaningful data to support our research, thanks to our extensive community involvement. CPAU researchers are able to work in some of Afghanistan’s most conflict prone areas, because we emphasise the need to work with and develop local capabilities. Through our work with Peace Councils, CPAU has access to conflict records that allow us to map change in conflict trends and correlate these trends with wider regional, national or climactic movements.

In addition to traditional research areas, CPAU’s research efforts also include large scale monitoring and evaluation for various development actors, and economic oriented research, focused on the developmental need of the Afghan economy. CPAU has developed concepts for examining the potential benefits of free trade agreement with the USA and the EU and analysis of how free trade agreements can be used to establish common industrial areas along Afghanistan’s borders and further create regional incentives for peace.

Future Research Agenda

In the future, in line with our unwavering core values and commitments, CPAU will be proactive in continuing to set the research agenda and develop new areas of focus, which will continue to build on our strengths, and enhance the debate in key research fields, always with development and future of Afghanistan as a guiding principle. Already CPAU has begun work on a Strategic Economic Analysis (SEA), a probing research line which aims to develop Afghanistan’s economic potential, specifically through an in-depth analysis of economic conditions, initially in, Kapisa and Sorobi Provinces. The SEA will identify key drivers for economic growth, and detail viable, meaningful and sustainable programmatic options for developing and sustaining growth in these areas.


To see the result of our work, please visit our Publications section Click Here, where you can review and download copies of the many reports and pieces of original research we have conducted to date. If you wish to remain informed and kept up-to-date with our latest work, please contact us and we can add you to our mailing list, and will send news updates and new publications directly to you.

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