Mariam Safi, DROPS Director, briefs the UN Security Council on 8th March 2018  March 10, 2018

Mariam Safi, DROPS Director, briefs the UN Security Council on 8th March 2018
MARIAM SAFI, Executive Director of the Organization for Policy Research and Development Studies, highlighted current trends, ground conditions and issues related to the peace process. While great progress had been made since 2001, with a vibrant generational youth, women’s representation and a promising democratic system of governance, the hope of a brighter future was beginning to fade. In an ever more complicated theatre of conflict, safe zones had become battlefields, with the Taliban, along with its Haqqani Network, and ISIL (Da’esh) affiliates targeting civilians. It was extremely alarming that 1,224 women had been killed in 2017, compared to 285 in

PRESS RELEASE: Launch of 3 vol. Women and Public Policy Journal  December 26, 2017

PRESS RELEASE: Launch of 3 vol. Women and Public Policy Journal
On 19 December 2017, DROPS launched the 3rd Vol. of its flagship publication, Women and Public Policy Journal, themed on “Afghanistan Peace Process: Evaluation, Impact and Gaps” at the Government Media and Information Center. Keynote speakers included Dr. Habiba Sarobi (Deputy Chairman of the High Peace Council, Mr. Scott Smith (Dir. of Pol. Affairs UNAMA) and Mariam Safi (Dir. DROPS). Press Release of Launch of 3 Vol. Women and Public Policy Journal

DROPS Participation in the ‘Open Government Partnership’ Workshop: Drafting of the OGP National Action Plan  October 18, 2017

DROPS Participation in the ‘Open Government Partnership’ Workshop:  Drafting of the OGP National Action Plan
DROPS participated in a two-day joint workshop between the government and civil society organizations, held on August 27-28, 2017, by Open Government Partnership Secretariat at Marble Palace. The workshop brought together representatives of all government agencies and a wide number of civil society organizations to draft the first two-year National Action Plan for Open Government Partnership Afghanistan (OGP-A). DROPS in OGP Workshop

DROPS Deputy Director writes on Kabul Security: The NUG’s Achilles Heel?  

DROPS Deputy Director writes on Kabul Security: The NUG’s Achilles Heel?
Bismellah Alizada, Deputy Director of DROPS, writes for the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (New Delhi), on the security situation in Kabul, pointing to 2017 as the deadliest year for residents while exploring ways in which the present state-of-affairs has the potential to pose bigger problems for the already weakened National Unity Government. IPCS commentary

Voices of Peace: Perspectives from Women Peacebuilders in Afghanistan and Pakistan  April 1, 2017

Voices of Peace: Perspectives from Women Peacebuilders in Afghanistan and Pakistan
November 15, 2016 7 minute Read By the Bush Institute and the Women’s Democracy Network On November 14, the Bush Institute and the Women’s Democracy Network at the International Republican Institute hosted a roundtable event with two women peacebuilders, Sameena Imtiaz and Mariam Safi, from Pakistan and Afghanistan, respectively. Sameena is the founder and executive director of the Peace Education and Development (PEAD) Foundation in Pakistan, and Mariam is founding director of the Organization for Policy Research and Development Studies (DROPS) in Afghanistan. We sat down to talk to Sameena and Mariam about their stories and perspectives on women’s inclusion

Why Women Are Crucial to Fighting Radicalization in Afghanistan  March 23, 2017

Why Women Are Crucial to Fighting Radicalization in Afghanistan
DROPS Director Mariam Safi speaks to Odharnait Ansbro of News Deeply on the role of women in fighting radicalization in Afghanistan. Why Women Are Crucial to Fighting Radicalization in Afghanistan – Women & Girls

Call for Papers for Women and Public Policy Journal  January 29, 2017

Call for Papers for Women and Public Policy Journal
CALL FOR PAPERS DROPS invites interested female researchers to contribute to the 3rd edition of its annual peer reviewed, Women and Public Policy Journal (WPPJ). This year’s journal will evaluate successful and failed peace processes around the world in an effort to identify key lessons for Afghanistan’s Peace and Reconciliation Process. THEME: Since the end of the Cold War there have been 34 comprehensive peace agreements signed by combatants engaged in armed conflicts around the world. Of these agreements, only a handful of peace agreements have actually resulted in lasting peace. Most have either collapsed into confrontation or have been

PRESS RELEASE FOR LAUNCH of 2ND ED. of JOURNAL  December 9, 2016

PRESS RELEASE FOR LAUNCH of 2ND ED. of JOURNAL
PRESS RELEASE OF DROPS WOMEN AND PUBLIC POLICY JOURNAL (Vol. 2) ‘Afghan Economy in the Decade of Transformation (2015-2024) Afghanistan’s Journey to Economic Self-Reliance: Assessments & Recommendations. Event held on 21 November 2016, Kabul Serena Hotel, Kabul, Afghanistan. Press Release of Women and Public Policy Journal

Published Seminar Report on: Expert Roundtable on Literature Review of Migration Trends in Afghanistan  June 29, 2016

Published Seminar Report on: Expert Roundtable on Literature Review of Migration Trends in Afghanistan
Download DROPS report on key findings from its Expert Roundtable on Migration Trends in Afghanistan. The Roundtable evoked discussion and critical feedback on a literature review developed by the trainees of DROPS 5-Months Training Program on ‘How to develop a Policy Brief,’ which is intended to feed into the trainees Policy Brief on Afghan Migration which will be published in August of 2016. See: http://www.dropsafghanistan.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/FINAL-29-June-Expert-Roundtable-Report-Policy-Brief-on-Migration.pdf

Call for Papers: 2nd Edition of the Women and Public Policy Journal  April 4, 2016

Call for Papers: 2nd Edition of the Women and Public Policy Journal
DROPS invites interested female researchers to contribute to the 2nd edition of its peer reviewed annual, Women and Public Policy Journal (WPPJ), which will explore the challenges and opportunities that confront Afghanistan’s economic development in the Decade of Transformation (2015-2024). BACKGROUND: Over a decade of deeply flawed international development efforts combined with an ill-timed and ill-prepared political and security transition process (2011-2014) has left Afghanistan’s economy in a crisis – riddled with an environment shaped by insecurity and political instability – making efforts to create a sustainable economic future for the country a daunting and tough task. The rate of