Peace and reconciliation will depend on local communities in each province maintaining stability and allowing Afghanistan to develop as an inclusive nation-state. As such, this project focuses on community-based peace building initiatives that will allow local leaders and civil society to take a leading role in reintegration and conflict resolution. At the provincial level, many local influencers and emerging leaders have already demonstrated a strong passion for peace building in their areas in our pilot project within Kunduz and Laghman. To ensure future peace reconciliation efforts are sustainable and applicable to all Afghans, this project entitled “Afghan Peace Leaders: Capacity Building and Exchange Program” aims to build local capacity at the provincial and district level in the areas of conflict resolution mechanisms, strengthening legitimate, representative governance, and promoting peace building at the community level.
The goal of this program is to strengthen Afghan community leaders’ ability to advance peace and reconciliation in their communities and enhance women’s exchanges with the peace activists of other neighboring count. EPD will implement this project in 13 provinces of Kabul, Helmand, Nimroz, Frayab, Khost, Uruzgan, Paktia, Paktika, Nagarhar, Sare- pul, Kandahar, Kunduz and Laghman.
EPD will provide an extensive training to local leaders and women peace activists on peace building, conflict resolution and reconciliation in order to enable them to be agents of peace building in Afghanistan.
After trainings committees will be formed at provincial level and at district level. EPD will create peace committee consisting of representatives of formal peace structures and the trained local leaders and peace activists including women activists and the representatives of Department of Haj and religious affairs in all the targeted provinces and districts. EPD will facilitate coordination meetings among trained local leaders and women peace activists to provide space for them to discuss issues and challenges that they will resolve during their advocacy sessions. After discussing the issues during the coordination meetings, each network will advocate for the issues with the opposite group in order to restore peace at the community level.
Through this project, women peace activist’s network will be established bringing together women peace activists of Afghanistan and other neighboring post conflict country, preferably Sri Lanka. The network will consist of active 20 women peace activists from Afghanistan and 10 women peace activists from Sri Lanka.