While Afghanistan’s deeply patriarchal society makes it difficult for young Afghans to participate in a significant way in politics, there is a history of youth political movements in the country. To get a better understanding of the future of youth and peace in Afghanistan, Conciliation Resources carried out a series of focus group discussions with young people in Kabul, Nangarhar and Kandahar. This report brings together some of the key findings from these discussions.
This research also contributes to a larger United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Progress Report, 'The Missing Peace: Independent Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security'. Conciliation Resources was invited by UNFPA to contribute to the report. Between July and September 2017, we conducted participatory research with 494 young people living in Afghanistan, Jammu and Kashmir, South Sudan, the Georgian-Abkhaz context, and among youth of the Ogaden diaspora living in the United Kingdom.