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Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Programme (APRP)

aprpLocation: Afghanistan

Type: Civil Society

The APRP was proposed in 2010 and since then has worked with the aim of reinvigorating the Afghan-led peace and reintegration efforts. They hope to aid in providing a peace through political solutions to conflict, as well as through promoting dialogue and taking measures to reintegrate armed opposition groups back into society – targeting one of the root causes of IED use.

The UNDP provide advice to the APRP leadership ‘on peace building, reconciliation and reintegration, and assist the Joint Secretariat in the areas of policy, planning, capacity development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and the management of the Peace and Reintegration Trust Fund’.

They have already engaged with many members of militant groups. These efforts have also increased public awareness.

Achievements so far:

  • 10,404 former combatants are said to have already started reintegrating after renouncing violence. Of these, 10,286 received financial assistance to reintegrate into their communities.
  • 146 small grant projects have been implemented (consisting mostly of small community infrastructure projects) to help reintegration as well as benefit local people.

Vocational training has also been provided, such as farming and road maintenance, which gives employment as well as local economic growth.

This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.