On January 19, 2020, NAC-PP held an Open Forum on Peace in Mazar-e Sharif. The event was attended by 238 individuals from civil society, media, government authorities, and members of the public. Well over half of the participants were women.
This forum was the second event organized by National Advocacy Committee on Public Policy (NAC-PP) with support from its Secretariat, Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization (APPRO).
NAC-PP is a non-profit, non-partisan network organization serving as a policy advocacy and information-sharing platform for good governance. NAC-PP is supported by its member organizations from civil society, with APPRO acting as its Secretariat. For more information on NAC-PP and its activities, see: www.nac-pp.net. APPRO is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan social research organization with a mandate to promote social and policy learning to benefit development efforts through conducting social scientific research, monitoring and evaluation, and training and mentoring. APPRO is registered with the Ministry of Economy in Afghanistan and is headquartered in Kabul, with regional offices in Mazar-e Sharif (north), Herat (west), Kandahar (south), Jalalabad (east), and Bamyan (center). For more information on APPRO and its activities, see: www.appro.org.af
The key points discussed during the panel discussion and the open discussion were the need for inclusion of the voices from multiple layers of Afghan society in the current peace negotiations with the Taliban. Such inclusion is likely to increase the sustainability of the peace negotiated.
At the conclusion of the event, NAC-PP, with support from its membership and APPRO as its secretariat, committed to continue holding similar open forums on peace in different provinces of Afghanistan while seeking support from multiple sources to expand the geographic scope of these forums to cover all 34 provinces of Afghanistan.