APPRO EuropeAbout Us
APPRO-Europe is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization with a mandate to carry out applied research, training and mentoring, monitoring and evaluations, knowledge dissemination, and advocacy to inform international development. APPRO-Europe (ASBL) is registered in Belgium and France.
APPRO-Europe is partnered with Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization (APPRO), registered in Afghanistan as a non-profit, non-government organization headquartered in Kabul with offices in Mazar-e Sharif (North), Jalalabad (East), Kandahar (South), Herat (West), and Bamyan (Center).
APPRO and APPRO-Europe are registered with the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI).
APPRO and APPRO-Europe strive to become the premier organizations specializing in policy-relevant research, cutting-edge and applied training, and critical evaluations in conflict and post-conflict environments.
APPRO-Europe’s mission is to facilitate critical dialogue on development aid effectiveness and policy making. This mission has two components. The first component is to measure development progress against strategic development objectives. The second component is to train and mentor civil society organizations in evidence-based advocacy and governments in evidence-based policy making.
APPRO-Europe operates through funds provided by national and international development aid organizations. With the exception of evaluation reports, all research findings are disseminated as publications, downloadable free of charge from APPRO-Europe’s website at: www.appro-europe.net
All research is designed and carried out independently to promote critical, yet constructive, dialogue and collaboration between parties with different agendas who share a commitment to the development and wellbeing of inhabitants in aid recipient countries.
In contrast to capacity building or capacity development, where the assumption is often one of the transfer of knowledge and expertise from the expert to the non-expert, capacity exchange is based on the assumption that knowledge and shared meanings already exist among the non-expert. The task for the capacity exchange instructor is to first establish, and understand, the pre-existing knowledge of the non-experts and their shared meanings prior to teaching technical expertise. As such, capacity exchange is the collective learning process of the expert and the non-expert, requiring bi-directional learning – from the non-expert to expert and from expert to non-expert, in an ongoing process that generates new knowledge, shared meanings, and cooperation. APPRO-Europe conducts capacity exchange in a variety of areas, described under Training.
Research, training, and evaluations are carried out based on the recognition that in any policy environment there are gaps between policy outcomes and policy objectives. A second key consideration in APPRO-Europe’s approach is that all policy outcomes identify or create new problems (and opportunities), to be attended to through subsequent policy interventions informed by learning from monitoring, evaluations, and applied research.