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Community Watch

Introduction

In 2014, the Afghan National Unity Government was coping with challenges on a number of levels, chiefly: security, governance and the economy. In the area of security, a key challenge emerging is the role and conduct of security forces, and the lack of community confidence in these forces in the face of continuing insurgency and localized crime. For the most part, the Afghan state is relying not only on the Afghan National Police but also on the Afghan Local Police and other ad hoc armed groups that are reportedly indulging in criminal activities at times, and contributing to a declining human rights situation beside criminal and anti-government elements.  This situation is increasing the gap between local communities and police. The Liaison Office is leading a consortium of three national NGOs. This consortium, called SET, has prior outreach experience and significant relations with local government and relevant security actors in Kabul and the provinces. SET partners will establish Community Watch committees in three provinces that will consist of representative members from different districts and wider civil society groups, including women, youth and businesses groups. The foresight for project sustainability is planned through empowering community and civic groups to take over the process.  In order to encourage cordial relations with police and authorities and encourage good policing, the project will incentivize the police by implementing community award processes for best police in the province through recognition of best performance of police every six months. 

 

Activities

EPD will establish Community Watch committee (CW) in Nangarhar province that will consist of representative members from different districts and wider civil society groups, including women, youth and businesses groups. CW committees will facilitate intra-community dialogue and exchange on security issues on one side and police and community dialogue on the other.  The data that comes from systematic observation from the provinces will be gathered, analyzed and published in a report that will be shared with MOI, CSTCA and EUPOL in Kabul in order to improve future practices and policies and help take corrective actions.

In order to encourage cordial relations with police and authorities and encourage good policing, the project will incentivize the police by implementing community award processes for best police in the province through recognition of best performance of police every six months.