Since the enactment of the current constitution in early 2004, lack of public awareness of the content and theoretical objectives of the constitution considered to be a major hinder against further implementation of the Afghanistan constitution. Therefore, this project has been designed to be implemented to fill this gap, and the program premeditated to have two major impacts. First, it mends and institutionalizes the culture of public discourse on values and position of the constitution in the establishment of a decent quality democratic political structure and good governance. second, it is expected to further educate and support groups who are committed to defending and advocating for the rights of citizens and democratic values guaranteed in the constitution.
Phase two of the Awareness Raising on Afghan Constitution (ARAC) project has been designed to cover 387 districts excluding the 34 provincial centers which have already benefited from the project activities during phase one. The Afghan citizens, CSOs, university/high school students, and other public activists will be invited to the provincial centers of 34 provinces to enhance understanding as well as familiarize themselves with advocacy for peace and the Afghan Constitution. While some other project activities including the celebration of the constitution day and mock advocacy for the democratic values of the Afghan constitution will be organized in Kabul in which the representatives of the provincial districts will be invited.
the participants attending the training from 387 districts will be invited through our counterpart CSO’s in the provincial centers and the IDLG provincial offices. Additionally, for the purpose of better coordination, we will also seek support from our partners which will include, Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commissions (AIHRC), Independent Commission for Overseeing the Implementation of Constitution (ICOIC), Members of provincial councils, and the provincial peace council (to explain about their role, the importance of peace process in the country) Administrative Office of the President (AOP), Coordination Unit of CSO’s, Ministry of Haj and Religious Affairs (MoHIA), Ulama council.
- Strengthen the provincial and district level council members to play a better role in the peace process and in the upcoming Loya Jirga for provision of the constitution law.
- Raise awareness on the importance of the constitution and build the capacity on how to advocate for the constitution in order to guarantee the fundamental rights of individuals and democracy during the peace reconciliation.
- Generate public discourse and ensure informed participation of the citizens, CSOs, and relevant actors to enhance public awareness on the Afghan Constitution in order to play active roles during the peace talks.
Project Timeframe: September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2022
Donor: Open Society Institute
Geographical Area: Afghanistan (34)