ARM will complement current ongoing activities on fundamental human rights reporting by such entities as AIHRC, MEC, UNAMA, Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International by addressing some of the pressing gaps in knowledge about rights protection and the dynamics of rights violations in Afghanistan. The project is expected to identify innovative pathways for changing awareness and supporting autochthonous advocacy on human rights by Afghan civil society. There are six specific value adding components in this project:
- The project’s holistic approach, through the combination of its three components, will cover the full governance cycle from needs identification to policy making. Specifically, ARM is expected to bring legitimacy to constructive advocacy by civil society as an integral component of the policy process.
- ARM will generate regular, structural monitoring of fundamental human rights across all sectors on a regular basis. This intervention will employ an expansive conceptualization of rights to include political, civil, social, cultural and economic rights to report, on a regular basis, on changes as they occur.
- ARM will utilize the National Advocacy Committee for Public Policy (NAC-PP), as a main channel through which civil society and government interact. The added value of using NAC is the multiple use of a pre-existing structure, likely to increase longer term sustainability of this intervention.
- A key output of this project will be the certification of 80 Afghans (40 from civil society and 40 from governmental entities) in policy analysis. The certificates for the successful participants will be accredited by Maastricht University through arrangements made as part of this intervention.
- APPRO is unique among national and international NGOs active in Afghanistan in providing professional training courses in Dari and Pashto, as well as English, based on international curriculum standards and accreditation.
- This intervention will utilize the recently established APPRO-Europe as one of the arenas through which to disseminate monitoring and research findings on fundamental rights conditions in Afghanistan and engage international donors in advocacy on basic human rights. The added value of using APPRO-Europe is the multiple use of a pre-existing structure as a forum to share lessons learned from Afghanistan for other conflict environments.
NAC was set up by APPRO in March 2015 as part of the Citizens First project, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs through Oxfam Novib, in partnership with Oxfam Novib and PTRO. NAC has membership from over 20 national CSOs and a number of government officials, Provincial Council members, religious scholars, and prominent individuals.