Civic Engagement and Advocacy
Our civic engagement and advocacy unit works on initiatives that engage youth and their adult counterparts across the country in civic and volunteer programs and events. The unit nurtures a network of volunteers and civics and advocacy hubs across the country. We engage people in public discourse, so that they are equipped to take ownership of the matters dear to them.
The citizen journalism initiatives of ANGO provides Afghanistan’s youth with the media and communications tools to express themselves, share their views and grievances, define public discourse and contribute to the development and reconstruction of their country.
Our network of citizen journalists showcases the untold stories of the country.
ANGO’s social inclusion programs are designed to bring people together and resolve the tensions between different groups. We work on initiatives that brings people from within the country and cross-borders to find the common ground of discourse and spread peace across the regions.
At ANGO, we provide a wide range of capacity building programs for our beneficiaries. These activities are geared toward empowering youth to become competent advocates of change by providing training in areas such as leadership, civil rights and responsibilities, media literacy, use of information technology, etc. We also provide support to adults and organizations by offering specialized training and technical assistance to enable them to become partners in empowering youth.
With more than 170 youth across the country, ANGO maintains the largest network of volunteers and young leaders in Afghanistan. These volunteers work on civil engagement projects including tree planting, emergency aid support, clothing drives and other volunteer initiatives. Members of ANGO’s network work as local leaders in a grassroots movement to mobilize Afghan youth.
Launched in 2010, Afghan Voices was founded to provide Afghanistan’s youth with the media and communications tools to express themselves, define public discourse and contribute to the development and reconstruction of their country. Afghan Voices alumni have gone on to produce media for publications including Global Post, National Geographic and Global Fund, and win national and international awards for their documentary films.
The 60 Second Film Festival provides a platform of dialogue through which Afghan youth explore the importance of peaceful coexistence. The festival aims to create a movement among aspiring filmmakers to express their ideas through short films, and provide a national platform to share these films.
Afghanistan and Pakistan have a contentious history. In partnership with the Pakistan Education and Development (PEAD) Foundation, the Af-Pak Youth Dialogue creates a platform for peaceful dialogue between Afghan and Pakistani youth on the issue of peace between the two countries. This program has enabled youth of both nations to break barriers of misconception and prejudice that have contributed to widespread mistrust. The Af-Pak Youth Dialogue program includes delegate visits to both Afghanistan and Pakistan, during which participants meet representatives from civil society, parliamentarians, diplomats and other youth. The program has built strong relationships between Afghan and Pakistani youth, sparking a regional youth movement dedicated to peace between the two countries.
The idea for a job fair came to existence in order to address a lack of professional networking and career opportunities available for Afghanistan’s female journalism students and recent graduates. With more than 80 percent of Afghanistan’s media workers’ male, women are vastly underrepresented in Afghan media. Professional development, career opportunities and strong networks of female journalists are needed to respond to and address the barriers Afghan women face within the field of journalism.
The program sought to fill this gap by providing a networking and career skills training and subsequent job fair for current journalism students and unemployed recent female journalism graduates. Through this program, ANGO trained more than 100 female journalists and placed more than 30 of them into journalism positions in more than 20 media stations.