Afghan CSOs working for peace: An introduction

1-Equality for Peace and Democracy (EPD):
EQUALITY for Peace and Democracy (EPD) is a nonprofit, non-governmental organisation dedicated to empowering women and youth at the community and policy levels in Afghanistan. EPD was established in early 2010 by Ms. Nargis Nehan, the Executive Director of the organisation. EPD works to build the capacity of women and youth as the front face in presenting their needs for development, peace-building and democratic processes. It also aims at mass mobilisation of women and youth to contribute to overcoming the challenges of instability that Afghanistan is facing. EPD has established platforms for women and youth to come together, set up networks, build trust and confidence and strive jointly to transform Afghanistan into a democratic country, free of violence and discrimination in all forms. 
Email: communications@epd-afg.org , nargis@epd-af.org
Contact: 0794111160- 0793 419 101
Website: www.epd-afg.org
2-The Liaison Office (TLO):
TLO is an apolitical and non-governmental Afghani organisation, which was established in 2003 after tribal elders decided to help the government in building durable peace and stability in the country. TLO has offices in 25 provinces, with its main office located in Kabul. It has 71 employees and four additional offices in the capital. TLO works for social stability, good governance, justice and peace in Afghanistan. After obtaining membership of the Civil Society Natural Resources Monitoring Network (CSNRM), TLO started functioning in the mining sector in collaboration with CSNRM.
In Charge: MasudKarokhel
E-mail: masood.karokhail@tlo-afghanistan.org
Contact: 0700203527
Website: www.tloafghanistan.org
3- Afghan Women’s Educational Centre (AWEC)
The widely-known Afghan Women’s Educational Centre (AWEC) is a non-governmental organisation, which has been working in several areas including advocacy for human rights, justice and peace-building. It has played a magnificent role during its 21 years existence. The centre is striving to discharge its duties in promoting education and equal economic opportunities. It is working to mobilise the people and communities to hold the government accountable.
Contact: 0 777761314
Email: program@awec.info / safi@awec.info
Website: www.awec.info
4- Civil Society’s Coordination Jirga (CSCJ)
It was established in 2012 by civil society and is a non-governmental society. It has been striving to coordinate civil society’s basic and essential activities and to ensure a secure social environment, implementation of law and human rights.
Contacts: 0700670552
Email: cscc.afg@gmail.com
5- Civil and Liberal Initiative for Peace (CLIP)
Established in 2012 and registered with the Ministry of Economy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Civil and Liberal Initiative for Peace (CLIP) is a non-profit, non-political and independent organisation. Dedicated to socio-economic growth, CLIP promotes awareness and capacity-building opportunities in different areas such as political participation, women and youth empowerment, good governance, rule of law and human rights.    
Contact:  0202211652
Email:  info@clip.org.af
Website: www.clip.org.af
6-Organisation of Human Welfare (OHW)
OHW is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and is an apolitical, non-profit and impartial body with no bias towards a particular region or ethnicity. As a result of the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, many Afghans are without basic services including livelihoods. These issues are particularly acute in southern Afghanistan, where livelihoods are highly insecure and development stalled. There are significant disparities between men and women.
Contact:  0700278837
Email:  info@ohw.org.af
Website: www.ohw.org.af
7-Afghanistan Centre for Training and Development (ACTD)
ACTD is a non-profit, non-political and non-governmental group, founded by several Afghans in April 2006. It is a product of extensive consultations, assessments and dialogue among well-versed professionals of the current development and democratisation stream of Afghanistan. ACTD is registered with the Ministries of Public Health (MoPH) and Economy (MoE).
Contact:  0780888801
Email: info@actd.org.af
Website: www.actd.org.af
8- Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organisation (AHRDO)
The Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organisation (AHRDO) is an independent, non-governmental, non-partisan and non-profit body established in early 2009 by a number of Afghan human rights and civil society activists, with a strong commitment to working with the most-marginalised sections of society.
Contact:  0783636707
Email:  info@ahrdo.org
Website:  www.ahrdo.org
9-Afghan Amputee Bicyclists for Rehabilitation and Recreation (AABRAR)
Afghan Amputee Bicyclists for Rehabilitation and Recreation (AABRAR) is a local non-governmental organisation working for the rehabilitation and socio-economic integration of disabled people and other vulnerable groups into the community. Since its inception in 1992, AABRAR began a bicycle-training programme for amputees to improve their mobility and increase their independence, enabling them to travel to and from work, and save on transportation costs.
Contact:  0775558885
Email:  kabul@aabrar.org.af
Website: www.aabrar.org.af
10- Afghan Development Association (ADA)
Afghan Development Association (ADA) is a non-government, non-profit and non-political organisation. It promotes and provides development and humanitarian services to the people. Since its inception in 1990, ADA has provided assistance to poverty-stricken communities. All too often, such services fail to reach the poor people in ample quantity and in quality. Realising this, ADA’s primary goal is to improve service provision by making it people-centric.
Contact:  0700070193
Email:  ada.headoffice@ada.org.af
Website: www.ada.org.af
11- Cooperation for Peace and Development (CPD)
Cooperation for Peace and Development (CPD) was set up voluntarily by a number of its members. It is a non-profit non-governmental organisation, which has been striving to bring positive changes to public perceptions. It is working to ensure good governance, respect for human rights and Afghanistan’s strong relations with regional countries and the world at large.
Contact: 0093782900946
Email: cpd.afg@gmail.com
Website: www.cpdo.blog.af
12- Peace Training and Research Organisation (PTRO)
Established in 2010 by a group of experienced researchers, the organisation has been striving to promote peace and stability, good governance and rule of law. It focuses on conflict resolution and peace-building, linking informal and formal justice mechanisms and building their capacity. It is working to build local conflict resolution capabilities through engagement with community leaders and youth.
Contact: 0782 203 080
Email: mirwais.wardak@ptro.org.af
Website: www.ptro.org.af
13-Cooperation for Peace and Unity (CPAU)
CPAU is an Afghan-led non-profit organisation, with two decades of experience in promoting peace and social justice in the country. Founded in 1996, CPAU is the first Afghan-led, research and peace-building group in Afghanistan. Over the past decade, CPAU has implemented more than 400 projects in over 26 provinces across Afghanistan, where it has conducted research, peace and conflict management, innovative education and peace-building programmes and media projects. It has been imparting peace education to more than 30,000 male and female students across Afghanistan, besides organising workshops and training seminars for members of the government, civil society and foreign organisations on topics such as conflict mediation and cultural sensitivity. 
Contact:  +93(0)202211083
Email:  info@cpau.org.af
Website: www.cpau.org.af
14-Sanayee Development Organisation (SDO)
Sanayee Development Organisation (SDO) is a registered Afghan development, non-governmental and non-profit entity. Established in 1990, SDO has been serving vulnerable and disadvantaged people in areas of education, peace-building, community development and community health in remote and underserved rural areas of Afghanistan. Its service delivery is based on honesty, commitment, equality, promotion of peace, non-violence, respect for Islamic values and a culture of tolerance.
Contact: +93 (0) 20 220 1693, 700220638
Email: dalili_kabul@hotmail.com, sdokabul@gmail.com
Website: www.sanayee.org.af
15-Better Afghanistan Organisation for Peace and Human Rights (BAO)
Better Afghanistan Organisation (BAO) is a non-governmental, non-political, independent and non-profit body, which was founded in 2008 to promote peace, justice, gender equality and human rights in the war-ravaged country. Since June 2008, BAO has been implementing projects on promotion of women’s rights and gender equality, as well as eradication of discriminatory practices in the northern region of Afghanistan.
Contact:  +93 798 11 22 33
Email:  d_hekmati@yahoo.com
Website: www.baophr.org.af
16-Afghan Disabled & Vulnerable Society (ADVS)
Afghan Disabled and Vulnerable Society (ADVS) was created in 1997 to help people with disabilities and vulnerable individuals. ADVS is an apolitical, non-governmental and non-profit organisation striving to promote self-reliance and among the special people by promoting awareness, arranging vocational training, educational and recreational activities in addition to providing relevant services.
Contact: +93 (0) 787 094 07
Email:  arasheed@yhdo.org
Website: www.advs.org.af
17-Afghanistan Development and Welfare Services Organisation (ADWSO)
ADWSO embarked on its journey on December 20, 2007, with a commitment to sustainable youth development, equal access for them to, and participation in, all social and communal processes. It has since been endeavouring to address issues of concern to youths. ADWSO is a youth-run organisation devoted to awareness on human rights and youth empowerment through a variety of ideas and projects.
Contact:  93(0)788880123
Email:  program@adwso.org
Website: w ww.adwso.org
18-Afghanistan Development, Peace and Research Organisation(ADPRO)
Afghanistan Development & Peace Research Center (ADPRO) is an independent non-governmental, non-political research organisation that conducts action-oriented programmes, mainly on peace-building, good governance, state-building and conflict resolution. Its primary focus is on empowering the people, communities and local capacity-building for peace in Afghanistan and its surroundings. With an outstanding team of experts ADPRO is committed to offering and facilitating first-hand research and training on peace building, conflict resolution, people and cultures.
Email:  info@a-dpr.org
Website: www.a-dpr.org
19- Educational and Research Organisation for Afghanistan (EROA)
Educational and Research Organisation (for Afghanistan) providing male, female and child survivors of war with education to steer them out of victimisation to become active citizen.
Contact:  + 93 (0) 799 815 381
Email:  info@educationalandresearch.org
Website: www.educationalandresearch.org
20- Human Rights Research and Advocacy Consortium (HRRAC)
Human Rights Research and Advocacy Consortium (HRRAC) is an amalgam of 14 national and international organisations. HRRAC is working in the field of human rights, including the rights of children rights and women, peace building, as well as development and humanitarian assistance.
Email:  director@afghanadvocacy.org.af
Website: w ww.afghanadvocacy.org.af
21 -Peace Humanitarian Organisation (PHO)
It is an independent organisation focused on bringing stability to Afghanistan and promoting humanitarian causes. Its objectives include reaching out to vulnerable sections of Afghan society in a manner free of politics.
Contact: +93-20- 220 1705, 0785 099 778
Email: s.ansari@pho.org.af
Website: www.pho.org.af
22- Samoon Movement:
Afghanistan is going through an important phase of its history where migration from conflict to stability is being pursued. The country is in process of establishing and strengthening its political bases rooted in democratic principles and practices. However, as the country is yet to achieve political maturity and stability there have been voids being observed in the political processes and practices such as lack of party based politics. Also, a genuine opposition has failed to rise over the course of last one decade as people have been sitting in the government while playing dummy role of opposition. On the other hand, civil society has also failed to play the role of an independent source of oversight, advocacy and lobbying body over political institutions. The need for political mobilization, identification of gaps in political processes, filling the void created by non-existence of a genuine and pronounced political opposition warrants a collective effort initiated and carried by common Afghans, technocrats, political personalities, and civil activists. Therefore, a group of Afghans with diverse personal, professional and academic backgrounds have come together to form a think-tank/political pressure group, Samoon Movement, in order to play an active role in political sphere of Afghanistan. Samoon is a Pashto word meaning Reforms. The group is formed to play an active role in political mobilization of masses, particularly youth, take action on legislative, policy and issues related to the national interest and technically and politically contribute to political development of the country. Also, the group is geared to eliminate political monopoly from the Afghan political setting and play a role in circumventing hijacking of Afghan politics by individuals and groups formed based on common personal interest.
Contact: 0795534031
Email:  movement@yahoo.com
23- Afghan Women’s Network:
Afghan Women’s Network (AWN) is a non-partisan, non-profit network of women that establish in 1995 and service as umbrella organization for more than 130 NGO members, and 3500 individual members who are committed to support women in Afghanistan.
AWN strategic priorities are as (i) Women, Peace and security,(ii) women’s Political participation and Leadership,(iii) Women Social and Legal Protection, which are proceeding  through activities of Advocacy and lobbying , Networking and Coordination and Capacity building  for women .
Afghan women’s Network has its active presence in Paktiya, Kandahar, Kundoz, Hirat, Nangarhar, Bamyan and Balkh provinces.  AWN is active in other provinces through its Members.
AWN try to have its active role in legislation reforms for the protection and extension of women’s rights. in continuation of its activities or the protection of women social and legislation rights, AWN Developed a quick responding system to have access for the women encounter with violence threats and by using new technology it  help with women in violence and provide services with victims of violence .
Contact No:
Phone No: 0777743037 – 0777743023
Email: advocacy@awn-af.net
Web site: www.awn-af.net
Facebook:www.facebook.com/afghanwomennetwork
Twitter :http://twitter.com/awnkabul
Address: Karti-e- Parwan, Next to Naderya High School, Line #1, House #22, Kabul- Afghanistan