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Fight Poverty to End Insecurity

This report is intended to reflect the views ofAfghans. HRRAC deliberately restricts itsanalysis to focus on Afghan opinion in an effortto redirect attention where it is needed. In acountry where the debate on security is all toooften centred around the safety ofinternationals - whether they be military orcivilian - our research is intended as acounterweight. Security in Afghanistan shouldbe first and foremost for Afghans.We first explore what the concept of 'security'means to Afghans and why it matters. Ourfindings regarding crime, disarmament,…

The Missing Link:

It has long been established that there is a positive correlation between education and economic development. Education reduces poverty through labor productivity gains, and brings improvements in other areas such as health and gender equality.Thus a sound workforce development policy and the generation sustainable employment with in emphasis on youth must be the backbone to attain national goals. 

Human Rights In Extractive Industries

IIn 2010 the Pentagon estimated that Afghanistan's untapped mineral wealth could top $1 trillion dollars. It is a finding that can reshape the country's economy and serve as an anchor for its future development. This is especially relevant given the fact that declining foreign aid is reducing economic growth. Vast reserves can also have negative consequences for the country if they are not managed according to the best interest of Afghan citizens. In fact, research findings suggest that countries' with high mineral wealth perform worse…

Better Election, Better Future

On September 18 2005 Afghanistan held nationwide Wolesi Jirga (WJ) and provincial council (PC) elections. The WJ is Afghanistan's directly elected lower house of the bicameral national assembly (NA) and the (PCs) are the provincial level governing bodies elected in each of the 34 Provinces. These election came after the election of the president on October 9 2004.. 

Afghanistan’s Female Home-Based Workers: Isolated

In Afghanistan’s National Action Plan for the Women of Afghanistan (NAPWA), the Afghan Government specifically addressed the “weak position of women in the informal economy.” It recognized that women’s work is largely invisible and stated that the “improvement of women’s economic status is a priority for the Afghan government.” As a result, the Government adopted a goal to “create an enabling economic and social environment that is conducive to the full development and realization of women’s economic potential.”…

Progress on Compulsory Education (Grades 1-9)

In Millennium Development Goals' set the target to be achieved in education internationally by 2015. There is much to be proud of in terms of progress toward these MDGs in Afghanistan since 2001. More children are in school than ever before- Afghanistan has seen the highest primary net enrollments rates in its history with more than 4.3 million children attending primary and secondary school in 2003. The rights to education in Afghanistan's new constitution which mandates for compulsory education up to grade 9

Women and Political Leadership

Although Women constitute more than 50% of Afghanistan 's population, they have had no role in country's key decision-making processes. After the collapse of the Taliban laws were passed to encourage Afghans to accept the principle of "gender equality" and to ensure, through positive discrimination, that women were given leadership roles. As a result women have been given position in the parliament and in provincial councils and even in the executive body.

Take the Guns away

Afghans continue to be exposed to all manner ofhumiliation and abuse at the hands of gunmen.The rule of law is effectively non-existent throughout the country, and consequently, a culture of impunity dominates. Although many of the Afghans we interviewed are more confident about the security situation now than they were one year ago, they also recite a litany of crimes committed against them mainly by commanders or their men. Confidence and trust in the police is low. Afghans say their central government…

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