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Welcome to Kabul:Reconstructions. You can follow the information below, which has been gathered from a
number of sources by a number of participants (click on the names at left for bios), to reconstruct your
own picture of events in Kabul since this site was launched on March 8th, 2003 and, in a sense, since the
reconstruction of Afghanistan began somewhere in the winter of 2001-02.
Some of this information has been provided in response to specific questions submitted by visitors like you. Please note that this section of the project is now maintained as an archive and has not been updated since 2005. Click here to ASK A QUESTION.
Arian Mouj Sharifi
Attached you will find the PDFs of "Speaking Out: Afghan Opinions on Rights and Responsibilities." This report is the product of the Human Rights Research and Advocacy Consortium, whose members include: Afghan Development Association; Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission; Agency for Rehabilitation and Energy-conservation in Afghanistan; Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit; CARE International; Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance; Cooperation for Peace and Unit; Mercy Corps; Ockenden International; Oxfam International, Rights and Democracy; and Save the Children USA. Field research and the writing of this report were coordinated by Paul O'Brien and Dawn Stallard of CARE International in Afghanistan. > > This report is based on survey research conducted in eight locations across Afghanistan in April-June 2003. In total, nearly 1,500 ordinary Afghans participated in the research, offering their views regarding their security, economic/social, and political rights. > > Survey results show security remains priority number one for Afghans. Disarmament is considered vital to both achieving security and holding free and fair elections. Many Afghans believe life has improved in the last two years. They are optimistic about the future and committed to exercising their right to vote. At the same time, responsdents feared that without tangible reconstruction progress the country would again descend into anarchy. Ordinary Afghans also have high expectations in the government's ability to deliver services in the future, but the survey findings differed by region, with respondents in eastern and southern provinces signfiicantly less satisfied and confident about the future. Interestingly, only 54 percent of the people surveyed felt that the international community would deliver on its commitments. > > The initial work of the Consortium has been funded by the members and a grant from the United States Institute of Peace. The Consortium plans to undertake additional research and advocacy activities in the coming year.
Kevin Henry Advocacy Director, CARE International
Kabul: Partial Reconstructions is an installation
and public dialogue project that explores the multiple meanings and resonances of
the idea of reconstruction -- as both process and metaphor -- in the context of present-day Kabul.
www.kabul-reconstructions.net is an online discussion forum, information resource, and medium for the communication of questions and answers about the reconstruction between people inside and outside the city of Kabul itself.