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TLO Report on Uruzgan
New TLO Report assessing the first 18-month of Australian leadership of the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Uruzgan. This report provides a comprehensive assessment of the political, social, economic, and security situation in Uruzgan at the end of 2011, looking at key changes since August 2010. The report is broken down into sections that discuss progress in socio-economic development, gender equality, governance, access to justice, and security. Key recommendations follow the executive summary. It is hoped that the report will be used to encourage informed debate, test assumptions, help identify development gaps, and provide insight into local perceptions of the evolving socio-political situation in Uruzgan. 2012 APRIL TLO Uruzgan Report Mid 2010_ End 2011
The Liaison Office (TLO) is an Afghan non-governmental organization that emerged at the end of 2003 as a swisspeace pilot project (supported by the Heinrich Böll Foundation) on good governance after the organization was approached by community elders requesting assistance for participation in the peace and reconstruction process in their southeastern communities (read more).TLO’s four main areas of activity are: Research, Peacebuilding, Justice, and Livelihoods. In the eight years since its establishment, TLO expanded from the Southeast into the South (2005) and East (2008) mainly through research and analysis and the facilitation of a series of peace and stability jirgas. In 2009, TLO began working in the Northern and Central provinces; and in 2011 started research and analysis in Western Afghanistan. Two hundred and sixty TLO staff in nine field offices are currently active in 25 provinces across Afghanistan.
TLO has undertaken access to justice projects at the provincial and district level since 2007. In an effort to bridge the gap between formal and informal justice, TLO set up Commissions on Conflict Mediation (CCM’s) in Khost and Paktia provinces. These hybrid mechanisms akin to out of court mediation brought together high-level government leaders and tribal elders to address the most serious and persistent conflicts in these provinces, especially those over land. Since their inception CCM’s have proven highly effective. During its first two years of operation the Khost CCM solved nearly 40 large land conflicts, including some that had persisted for decades.
In 2010, after an exploratory period, TLO applied a modified CCM model to the district level, establishing a total of nine government-approved dispute resolution shuras in nine districts throughout Paktia, Nangarhar, Uruzgan, Helmand, and Nimroz provinces. To date, TLO-sponsored shuras have resolved more than 100 cases – substantially expanding access to dispute resolution in these provinces. read more
A comprehensive approach to conflict resolution must address the fact that competition for natural resources is the number one cause of conflict in Afghanistan. By using targeted projects in the area of livelihood improvement TLO seeks to reduce resource competition and promote peace through sustainable livelihoods. With our ongoing community research as a baseline that informs all aspects of our engagement, TLO’s Livelihood program concentrates on four key areas. read more
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