INFOGRAPHIC: Building A Better Peace Process In Afghanistan
Since President Hamid Karzai introduced it in June 2010, the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program (APRP) has lighted the path toward reconciliation in the country. Unfortunately, the plan—which expires at the end of 2015—has yielded few successes so far, leading the new government to reassess the APRP’s structure. An effective peace process is more critical than ever as President Ashraf Ghani attempts to broker a political settlement with the Taliban.
Since its inception, women have made recommendations on how to improve the peace process. Check out these recommendations from the Research Institute for Women, Peace, and Security this year, the Afghan Women’s Network in 2014, and Inclusive Security and AWN in 2011.
In defining the next iteration of the peace process, we must remember that we’re not starting from scratch. Let us reflect on the tireless efforts of the last five years and reshape it based on the experiences of those most affected by and engaged in manifesting peace in Afghanistan.
APRP Fast Facts:
- Led and owned by Afghans
- Only Afghans are eligible to participate in reintegration activities (no foreign fighters)
- Simultaneously operates local and national-level peacebuilding interventions
- Initial outreach goals: 4,000 communities in 220 districts of 22 provinces
- As of December 2014, 9,512 former combatants have renounced violence
- Recently elected President Ghani signed an executive order extending the APRP through December 2015 and tasked several staff with conducting an assessment of the current APRP structure
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