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RESEARCH, DIALOGUE AND DEVELOPMENT THROUGHOUT AFGHANISTAN

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The Justice and Peacebuilding section has been active in two main broad sectors of intervention :Conflict and Alternative Dispute Resolution, focusing on strengthening non-violent conflict resolution and a more equitable access to justice by all, through building the capacity of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, including, as appropriate, their capacity to partner with the state.Peace building and Dialogue Facilitation, so as to raise the people’s voices to the Afghan government and international actors on key issues concerning Afghanistan’s future.


Conflict and Alternative Dispute Resolution


TLO commenced its work on facilitating alternative dispute resolution mechanisms in 2007 by helping to establish the Commission on Conflict Mediation (CCM) in Khost, a join-effort between local notables and the then Khost Provincial Governor focusing on the resolution of major resource disputes. Since that time, TLO has continued its work in Khost, while spreading CCM programming to Paktia, Logar, Nangarhar, Helmand, Uruzgan and Nimruz. These bodies, each made up of the most credible non-state dispute resolution providers in its area, and carefully balanced by tribe and ethnicity, have facilitated the resolution of hundreds of disputes around Afghanistan. At the same time, TLO has also added elements to its work in dispute resolution, particularly in training of non-state dispute resolution providers in Afghan statutory law and Sharia, and in working with these same leaders to self-generate standards and best practices for Afghanistan’s non-state disptue resolution systems. Taken together, TLO thus hopes to construct a “pipeline” between both dispute resolution providers at different locations and the Afghan state, to enable collaboration and result in a dispute resolution environment that is dynamic, locally-led, and aware of the many benefits of both state and non-state dispute resolution forums – and which should, not coincidentally, provide the maximum benefit to local communities.


Peacebuilding and Dialogue Facilitation


TLO has also extensive experience in narrowing the gap between communities and state, and supporting sub-national governance actors to improve community outreach and governanceGiven the importance of the next years for Afghanistan’s future, TLO will re-focus its efforts to make the voices of grass-roots community, especially in rural areas, heard on key issues such as security transition, upcoming elections, peace and reconciliation through


Creating Neutral Dialogue Spaces, a focus on Marginalized Groups (women, youth and minority groups) with the opportunity to partake in the discussion about the future of their country and define a set of desirable outcomes for sustainable peace, and ensuring a constant inter-group dialogue between Afghanistan’s different ethnic and tribal groups in order to ensure that existing differences are de- rather than increased. The expected outcomes of this dialogue process are: 1) generating ideas for a joint vision for Afghanistan driven by locally legitimate political leadership including recommendations for future action, activities and programmes; and 2) identifying ‘red lines’ that are decisive for the Afghan people if a negotiated settlement with the insurgency is to be reached, with particular attention for those issues of concern for women, youth and minorities.