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Afghanistan Rights Monitor – Cycle 3

The objective for the ARM monitoring rounds is to assess changes in fundamental rights conditions across ten target provinces from January 2016 to December 2017. “Fundamental Rights” are conceptualized broadly to include Civic, Social, and Economic rights. A baseline assessment was concluded in December 2015 to establish the basis against which to monitor changes in fundamental rights conditions, followed by the first monitoring cycle between January and April 2016.

Research Fields:   Aid Effectiveness

Afghanistan Rights Monitor: Monitoring Cycle 2

This is the second monitoring report of Afghanistan Rights Monitor (ARM) following the first monitoring report released in April 2016 and a baseline assessment released in December 2015. The objective for the ARM monitoring rounds is to assess changes in fundamental rights conditions across ten target provinces from January 2016 to December 2017. “Fundamental Rights” are conceptualized broadly to include Civic, Social, and Economic rights. A baseline assessment was concluded in December 2015 to establish the basis against which to monitor changes in fundamental rights conditions, followed by the first monitoring cycle between January and April 2016. The reporting period for this second monitoring cycle covers May to August 2016. Data were collected in 29 rural and urban districts in the Central, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western geographical zones of Afghanistan.

Research Fields:   Aid Effectiveness

Rights in Afghanistan: “Human” or “Fundamental”?

This paper examines ordinary citizens’ views about the notions of human and fundamental rights as well as the activities and impacts associated with them. The paper identifies ways in which human / fundamental rights may be best addressed in Afghanistan, given the contextual sensitivities and the uneven approach to implement these rights since 2001. This paper was made possible through funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands.

Research Fields:   Aid Effectiveness

State-Civil Society Relations: Fundamental Rights in Kashmir (India)

This paper examines the situation of fundamental rights in Kashmir with a specific focus on the impact of conflict on the institutionalization, or lack thereof, of these rights. It explores the interaction between civil society organizations (NGOs) and the government from a “good governance” perspective for Kashmir. The NGOs (local, national, and international organizations) and government institutions engaged for this research include entities working on the delivery of basic services such as education, health, food security, employment, and shelter. The research finds that there are numerous lessons from the Kashmir experience for Afghanistan, including awareness of the high risk of fundamental rights becoming secondary to concerns about managing social unrest and a volatile security environment.

Research Fields:   Governance

State-Civil Society Relations: Fundamental Rights in South Africa

This paper presents contemporary South Africa as a case study of the ways in which state and civil society actors engage with each other toward the protection and advancement of fundamental rights. The paper was commissioned by APPRO to draw potential comparative lessons for the context of Afghanistan, and for other emerging democracies.

Research Fields:   Governance

Afghanistan Rights Monitor: Monitoring Cycle 1

This is the first monitoring report of Afghanistan Rights Monitor (ARM) following a baseline assessment released in December 2015. The objective for the ARM monitoring rounds is to assess changes in fundamental rights conditions across ten target provinces from January 2016 to December 2017. “Fundamental Rights” are conceptualized broadly to include Civic, Social, and Economic rights. A baseline assessment was concluded in December 2015 to establish the basis against which to monitor changes in fundamental rights conditions, followed by the first monitoring cycle between January and April 2016. The reporting period for this second monitoring cycle covers May to August 2016. Data were collected in 29 rural and urban districts in the Central, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western geographical zones of Afghanistan.

Research Fields:   Aid Effectiveness

Afghanistan Rights Monitor: Baseline Assessment

Afghanistan Rights Monitor (ARM) was designed to support informed policy and action on fundamental rights protection and promotion through research, constructive advocacy, and increased capacity of public institutions. ARM is premised on the idea that institutionalization of fundamental rights in Afghanistan’s system of governance must filter into the everyday practices of both government and civil society actors. This baseline report and subsequent four-monthly monitoring reports cover 10 provinces (29 districts in total), selected to represent the diversity of conditions throughout the country. “Fundamental Rights” are conceptualized broadly to include Civic (governance, political rights, and freedom of expression), Social (health, food security, education, and family rights), and Economic (right to work and protection at work). The crosscutting themes running through these three pillars are gender relations and corruption.

Research Fields:   Aid Effectiveness

MDG 3, NAPWA, SDG 5, NAP 1325: What Next?

This brief underlines the common themes and issues raised in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the National Action Plan for the Woman of Afghanistan (NAPWA), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Afghanistan’s National Action Plan for the implementation of the United Nations’ Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1326), referred to as NAP 1325. The key purpose of this brief is to draw the attention to the fact that there are adequate provisions for women’s rights in all of these policy instruments, individually and collectively. It is now time to act on the promises of these policy statements, starting with defending the gains made by and for Afghan women since 2001.

Research Fields:   Aid Effectiveness
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