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To stabilise Afghanistan, give a stronger voice to civil society

30 April 2010
Shada Islam (Director Europe & Geopolitics, Friends of Europe) and Aleksandra Styś (External authors)


Without the active involvement of ordinary citizens, Afghanistan will be unable to achieve long-term stability and growth, as security cannot be achieved by military presence alone, say Shada Islam and Aleksandra Styś in this EPC commentary. The solution is to support civil society: community groups, women’s associations, entrepreneurs (many of whom are female), the media and reform-minded independent politicians, in building up their country. Here the international community can offer support by moving beyond a classical government-based approach to promoting independent, courageous civil society organisations.

To stabilise Afghanistan, give a stronger voice to civil society

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