Access to reliable research-based information for the Afghan people

Project completed

All interested stakeholders, particularly Afghan men and women, have easy access to independent quality research on key developments in Afghanistan thanks strengthened Afghan research capacities.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Human rights
Conflict & fragility
Conflict prevention and transformation
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
Security system management and reform
Information and communication technology (ICT)
01.08.2015 - 31.12.2018
CHF  1’320’000

The drawdown of the international presence will result in a decline in reliable, detailed and impartial information on the situation in Afghanistan, while political and security developments in Afghanistan and its region will inevitably continue to be a concern for the international community. In the short term, over the next few years, the need for independent quality research and briefings will not only grow, it will be indispensable for those stakeholders who want to stay engaged and for the growing number of educated Afghan women and men to engage in nation building and in shaping politics and social change. However, after decades of war and destruction, strengthening Afghan research capacity is a long-term endeavour and requires high-quality mentoring and training on-the-job for many years to come.

Since the establishment of the Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN), its research has been widely read and used by Afghan and international policy‐makers, journalists, analysts and academics. Its Afghan and international researchers are in high demand for media interviews, background briefings and as speakers at conferences, both in Kabul and internationally. At the same time, AAN aims to maintain a long‐term commitment to Afghanistan and to foster increasingly Afghan capacities in local languages as well as in English.


All interested stakeholders, particularly Afghan men and women, have better access to timely, reliable and well researched information on key ongoing developments in Afghanistan.

Target groups

The wider Afghan public, Afghan and international stakeholders in Afghan politics, development and peace processes.

Afghan researchers (women and men), whose capacities are built.

Medium-term outcomes

Strengthened AAN internal research capacities ensure a long-term production of independent quality research outputs and briefings on developments in Afghanistan.

The afghan public, men and women, have easy access to the produced outputs.


Expected results:  

Research and analysis: 400 dispatches, 24 reports, 40 podcasts, up to 200 of the products in Dari/Pashto.

Communication: an up-to-date website in English, Dari and Pashto, social media presence (facebook, twitter), briefings, media presence and various occasional events.

Capacity-building and Mentoring: 1:1 mentoring and coaching of Afghan researchers, joint capacity-building initiatives with other Afghan research institutes.

Results from previous phases:  


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign NGO
  • Other international or foreign NGO North

Other partners

Governments of Sweden, Norway, Finland and the UK

Coordination with other projects and actors

Synergies with the SDC funded Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), the Kabul University, Ibn Sina and Kateb Universities, The Liaison Office (TLO) and various international institutions (Human Rights Watch, International Crisis Group and others).

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    1’320’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    1’217’893
Project phases

Phase 1 01.08.2015 - 31.12.2018   (Completed)