The goal of ACEP is to promote civil society and media engagement that enables Afghan citizens to influence policy, monitor government accountability, and serve as an advocate for political reform. The program aims to achieve this goal through five program areas: (1) regular CSO engagement with government; (2) increase CSO and media thematic expertise in democracy and governance; (3) expand civic engagement; (4) improve access to independent news and public affairs information; and (5) increase CSO organizational capacity.

 

 About us

 

 Our goal

The key to a strong democracy is a robust media and civil society sector. On December 4, 2013, Counterpart International, together with its implementing partners, Internews Network, the International Center for Not-for-profit Law (ICNL) and the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), was awarded $70 million to implement the five-year USAID-funded Afghan Civic Engagement Program (ACEP) with the goal to enable Afghan citizens to influence policy, monitor government accountability, and serve as advocates for political reform through civil society development and media engagement.

The program is achieving this through five program areas: (1) regular civil society organization (CSO) engagement with government; (2) increased CSO and media thematic expertise in democracy and governance; (3) expanded civic engagement; (4) improved access to independent news and public affairs information; and (5) increased CSO organizational capacity. On June 28, 2018, Counterpart and USAID agreed to a 12-month project extension with a focus on expanding civic and voter education during the October 2018 parliamentary elections and the 2019 presidential election.

 

To promote civil society and media engagement that enables afghan citizens to influence policy, monitor government accountability, and serve as an advocate for political reform.

 

  Our work

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CSO ENGAGEMENT WITH GOVERNMENT

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EXPANDED CIVIC AND VOTER EDUCATION & ENGAGEMENT

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INCREASED CSO ORGANIZATIONAL CAPACITY

ACEP’s efforts to strengthen civil society engagement with government focus primarily on increasing leadership and coordination in the civil society sector. As Afghanistan confronts the challenges of the “Transformation Decade” (2015-2024), during which, according to GIRoA planning, foreign forces will withdraw, and Afghanistan. Read more...

Provincial CSO partners operate as frontline actors in delivering civic and voter education sessions to communities across Afghanistan. The Afghan media plays a critical role in the country’s democratic process, with significant gains achieved in terms of improving access to information. Read more...

Civil society has long been an active partner actor in addressing the full range of issues in the social, cultural, religious, humanitarian and political life of Afghanistan. Maintaining and deepening public trust on the part of CSOs is critical for ensuring their active participation as partners. Read more...

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GENDER MAINSTREAMING

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YOUTH LEADERSHIP

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IMPACT STORIES

ACEP’s prime implementer Counterpart International and its implementing partners share a development vision in which women and men, girls and boys enjoy economic, social, cultural, civil, and political rights and are equally empowered to secure better lives for themselves, their families, and their. Read more...

Between 2014 and 2017, ACEP selected one young person from each province (136 total, including 53 women) to participate in its Emerging Civil Society Leaders (ECSL) program. The ECSLs have received training in public speaking, leadership, management, gender mainstreaming. Read more...

Twenty-three-year-old Mohammad Mustafa Raheal is part of a new generation of Afghan leaders who have come of age during the post-Taliban period of Afghanistan. Like many of his young compatriots, he wants to see Afghans take a stronger role in solving their own problems. Read more...

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