Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS)

Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS)

Civil society has long been a key factor in addressing a full range of issues in the social, cultural, religious, humanitarian and political life of Afghanistan. With the focus upon transition to Afghan leadership, civil society, particularly local and national non-governmental organizations (NGOs), have the potential to play an important and complementary role in Afghanistan in the delivery of the government’s priority programs, in supporting improved governance, in connecting the wider Afghan population to the state, and in advocating for the vulnerable and excluded.

NGOs in Afghanistan face challenges, including financial and capacity gaps and a public trust deficit, in their endeavors to play such a role effectively. The government, the international community, and civil society have been considering methods by which to support NGOs to address these challenges and realize their potential, dating back to discussions at the Conference on Enabling Environment for Effective Private Sector Contribution to Development in Afghanistan in June 2007. One of the outcomes of these considerations was the formation of a working group, with representation from international and national NGOs, key national NGO networks, and civil society professionals, to establish an organization that will enable NGOs to address these challenges.

The Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS) objectives are:

  • To raise the credibility of the civil society sector by certifying local NGOs using locally defined and internationally recognized standards.
  • To systemize capacity building efforts by coordinating initiatives using measurable performance indicators.
  • To strengthen the role of civil society in Afghanistan’s development through policy dialogue and active engagement with the government, donors and the broader development sector.
  • To provide a channel for resources for civil society by strengthening philanthropic and corporate social responsibility efforts.

Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS)

Background:
Civil society has long been a key factor in addressing a full range of issues in the social, cultural, religious, humanitarian and political life of Afghanistan. With the focus upon transition to Afghan leadership, civil society, particularly local and national non-governmental organizations (NGOs), have the potential to play an important and complementary role in Afghanistan in the delivery of the government’s priority programs, in supporting improved governance, in connecting the wider Afghan population to the state, and in advocating for the vulnerable and excluded.
NGOs in Afghanistan face challenges, including financial and capacity gaps and a public trust deficit, in their endeavors to play such a role effectively. The government, the international community, and civil society have been considering methods by which to support NGOs to address these challenges and realize their potential, dating back to discussions at the Conference on Enabling Environment for Effective Private Sector Contribution to Development in Afghanistan in June 2007. One of the outcomes of these considerations was the formation of a working group, with representation from international and national NGOs, key national NGO networks, and civil society professionals, to establish an organization that will enable NGOs to address these challenges.
The Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS) objectives are:

  1. 1. To raise the credibility of the civil society sector by certifying local NGOs using locally defined and internationally recognized standards.
  2. 2. To systemize capacity building efforts by coordinating initiatives using measurable performance indicators.
  3. 3. To strengthen the role of civil society in Afghanistan’s development through policy dialogue and active engagement with the government, donors and the broader development sector.
  4. 4. To provide a channel for resources for civil society by strengthening philanthropic and corporate social responsibility efforts.
  • - The Program Assitstant Certification  will be responsible for keeping track of all applications through developing and maintaining a database.
  • - Communication and coordination of Assessment dates and other necessary arrangements with the AICS administration and CSOs focal points.

Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS)

Civil society has long been a key factor in addressing a full range of issues in the social, cultural, religious, humanitarian and political life of Afghanistan. With the focus upon transition to Afghan leadership, civil society, particularly local and national non-governmental organizations (NGOs), have the potential to play an important and complementary role in Afghanistan in the delivery of the government’s priority programs, in supporting improved governance, in connecting the wider Afghan population to the state, and in advocating for the vulnerable and excluded.

NGOs in Afghanistan face challenges, including financial and capacity gaps and a public trust deficit, in their endeavors to play such a role effectively. The government, the international community, and civil society have been considering methods by which to support NGOs to address these challenges and realize their potential, dating back to discussions at the Conference on Enabling Environment for Effective Private Sector Contribution to Development in Afghanistan in June 2007. One of the outcomes of these considerations was the formation of a working group, with representation from international and national NGOs, key national NGO networks, and civil society professionals, to establish an organization that will enable NGOs to address these challenges.

The Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS) objectives are:

  • To raise the credibility of the civil society sector by certifying local NGOs using locally defined and internationally recognized standards.
  • To systemize capacity building efforts by coordinating initiatives using measurable performance indicators.
  • To strengthen the role of civil society in Afghanistan’s development through policy dialogue and active engagement with the government, donors and the broader development sector.
  • To provide a channel for resources for civil society by strengthening philanthropic and corporate social responsibility efforts.

Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS)

Civil society has long been a key factor in addressing a full range of issues in the social, cultural, religious, humanitarian and political life of Afghanistan. With the focus upon transition to Afghan leadership, civil society, particularly local and national non-governmental organizations (NGOs), have the potential to play an important and complementary role in Afghanistan in the delivery of the government’s priority programs, in supporting improved governance, in connecting the wider Afghan population to the state, and in advocating for the vulnerable and excluded.

NGOs in Afghanistan face challenges, including financial and capacity gaps and a public trust deficit, in their endeavors to play such a role effectively. The government, the international community, and civil society have been considering methods by which to support NGOs to address these challenges and realize their potential, dating back to discussions at the Conference on Enabling Environment for Effective Private Sector Contribution to Development in Afghanistan in June 2007. One of the outcomes of these considerations was the formation of a working group, with representation from international and national NGOs, key national NGO networks, and civil society professionals, to establish an organization that will enable NGOs to address these challenges.

The Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS) objectives are:

  • To raise the credibility of the civil society sector by certifying local NGOs using locally defined and internationally recognized standards.
  • To systemize capacity building efforts by coordinating initiatives using measurable performance indicators.
  • To strengthen the role of civil society in Afghanistan’s development through policy dialogue and active engagement with the government, donors and the broader development sector.
  • To provide a channel for resources for civil society by strengthening philanthropic and corporate social responsibility efforts.

Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS)

Civil society has long been a key factor in addressing a full range of issues in the social, cultural, religious, humanitarian and political life of Afghanistan. With the focus upon transition to Afghan leadership, civil society, particularly local and national non-governmental organizations (NGOs), have the potential to play an important and complementary role in Afghanistan in the delivery of the government’s priority programs, in supporting improved governance, in connecting the wider Afghan population to the state, and in advocating for the vulnerable and excluded.

NGOs in Afghanistan face challenges, including financial and capacity gaps and a public trust deficit, in their endeavors to play such a role effectively. The government, the international community, and civil society have been considering methods by which to support NGOs to address these challenges and realize their potential, dating back to discussions at the Conference on Enabling Environment for Effective Private Sector Contribution to Development in Afghanistan in June 2007. One of the outcomes of these considerations was the formation of a working group, with representation from international and national NGOs, key national NGO networks, and civil society professionals, to establish an organization that will enable NGOs to address these challenges.

The Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS) objectives are:

  • To raise the credibility of the civil society sector by certifying local NGOs using locally defined and internationally recognized standards.
  • To systemize capacity building efforts by coordinating initiatives using measurable performance indicators.
  • To strengthen the role of civil society in Afghanistan’s development through policy dialogue and active engagement with the government, donors and the broader development sector.
  • To provide a channel for resources for civil society by strengthening philanthropic and corporate social responsibility efforts.

Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS)

Civil society has long been a key factor in addressing a full range of issues in the social, cultural, religious, humanitarian and political life of Afghanistan. With the focus upon transition to Afghan leadership, civil society, particularly local and national non-governmental organizations (NGOs), have the potential to play an important and complementary role in Afghanistan in the delivery of the government’s priority programs, in supporting improved governance, in connecting the wider Afghan population to the state, and in advocating for the vulnerable and excluded.

NGOs in Afghanistan face challenges, including financial and capacity gaps and a public trust deficit, in their endeavors to play such a role effectively. The government, the international community, and civil society have been considering methods by which to support NGOs to address these challenges and realize their potential, dating back to discussions at the Conference on Enabling Environment for Effective Private Sector Contribution to Development in Afghanistan in June 2007. One of the outcomes of these considerations was the formation of a working group, with representation from international and national NGOs, key national NGO networks, and civil society professionals, to establish an organization that will enable NGOs to address these challenges.

The Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS) objectives are:

  • To raise the credibility of the civil society sector by certifying local NGOs using locally defined and internationally recognized standards.
  • To systemize capacity building efforts by coordinating initiatives using measurable performance indicators.
  • To strengthen the role of civil society in Afghanistan’s development through policy dialogue and active engagement with the government, donors and the broader development sector.
  • To provide a channel for resources for civil society by strengthening philanthropic and corporate social responsibility efforts.

Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS)

Civil society has long been a key factor in addressing a full range of issues in the social, cultural, religious, humanitarian and political life of Afghanistan. With the focus upon transition to Afghan leadership, civil society, particularly local and national non-governmental organizations (NGOs), have the potential to play an important and complementary role in Afghanistan in the delivery of the government’s priority programs, in supporting improved governance, in connecting the wider Afghan population to the state, and in advocating for the vulnerable and excluded.

NGOs in Afghanistan face challenges, including financial and capacity gaps and a public trust deficit, in their endeavors to play such a role effectively. The government, the international community, and civil society have been considering methods by which to support NGOs to address these challenges and realize their potential, dating back to discussions at the Conference on Enabling Environment for Effective Private Sector Contribution to Development in Afghanistan in June 2007. One of the outcomes of these considerations was the formation of a working group, with representation from international and national NGOs, key national NGO networks, and civil society professionals, to establish an organization that will enable NGOs to address these challenges.

The Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS) objectives are:

  • To raise the credibility of the civil society sector by certifying local NGOs using locally defined and internationally recognized standards.
  • To systemize capacity building efforts by coordinating initiatives using measurable performance indicators.
  • To strengthen the role of civil society in Afghanistan’s development through policy dialogue and active engagement with the government, donors and the broader development sector.
  • To provide a channel for resources for civil society by strengthening philanthropic and corporate social responsibility efforts.

Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS)

Civil society has long been a key factor in addressing a full range of issues in the social, cultural, religious, humanitarian and political life of Afghanistan. With the focus upon transition to Afghan leadership, civil society, particularly local and national non-governmental organizations (NGOs), have the potential to play an important and complementary role in Afghanistan in the delivery of the government’s priority programs, in supporting improved governance, in connecting the wider Afghan population to the state, and in advocating for the vulnerable and excluded.

NGOs in Afghanistan face challenges, including financial and capacity gaps and a public trust deficit, in their endeavors to play such a role effectively. The government, the international community, and civil society have been considering methods by which to support NGOs to address these challenges and realize their potential, dating back to discussions at the Conference on Enabling Environment for Effective Private Sector Contribution to Development in Afghanistan in June 2007. One of the outcomes of these considerations was the formation of a working group, with representation from international and national NGOs, key national NGO networks, and civil society professionals, to establish an organization that will enable NGOs to address these challenges.

The Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS) objectives are:

  • To raise the credibility of the civil society sector by certifying local NGOs using locally defined and internationally recognized standards.
  • To systemize capacity building efforts by coordinating initiatives using measurable performance indicators.
  • To strengthen the role of civil society in Afghanistan’s development through policy dialogue and active engagement with the government, donors and the broader development sector.
  • To provide a channel for resources for civil society by strengthening philanthropic and corporate social responsibility efforts.

Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS)

Civil society has long been a key factor in addressing a full range of issues in the social, cultural, religious, humanitarian and political life of Afghanistan. With the focus upon transition to Afghan leadership, civil society, particularly local and national non-governmental organizations (NGOs), have the potential to play an important and complementary role in Afghanistan in the delivery of the government’s priority programs, in supporting improved governance, in connecting the wider Afghan population to the state, and in advocating for the vulnerable and excluded.

NGOs in Afghanistan face challenges, including financial and capacity gaps and a public trust deficit, in their endeavors to play such a role effectively. The government, the international community, and civil society have been considering methods by which to support NGOs to address these challenges and realize their potential, dating back to discussions at the Conference on Enabling Environment for Effective Private Sector Contribution to Development in Afghanistan in June 2007. One of the outcomes of these considerations was the formation of a working group, with representation from international and national NGOs, key national NGO networks, and civil society professionals, to establish an organization that will enable NGOs to address these challenges.

The Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS) objectives are:

  • To raise the credibility of the civil society sector by certifying local NGOs using locally defined and internationally recognized standards.
  • To systemize capacity building efforts by coordinating initiatives using measurable performance indicators.
  • To strengthen the role of civil society in Afghanistan’s development through policy dialogue and active engagement with the government, donors and the broader development sector.
  • To provide a channel for resources for civil society by strengthening philanthropic and corporate social responsibility efforts.

Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS)

Civil society has long been a key factor in addressing a full range of issues in the social, cultural, religious, humanitarian and political life of Afghanistan. With the focus upon transition to Afghan leadership, civil society, particularly local and national non-governmental organizations (NGOs), have the potential to play an important and complementary role in Afghanistan in the delivery of the government’s priority programs, in supporting improved governance, in connecting the wider Afghan population to the state, and in advocating for the vulnerable and excluded.

NGOs in Afghanistan face challenges, including financial and capacity gaps and a public trust deficit, in their endeavors to play such a role effectively. The government, the international community, and civil society have been considering methods by which to support NGOs to address these challenges and realize their potential, dating back to discussions at the Conference on Enabling Environment for Effective Private Sector Contribution to Development in Afghanistan in June 2007. One of the outcomes of these considerations was the formation of a working group, with representation from international and national NGOs, key national NGO networks, and civil society professionals, to establish an organization that will enable NGOs to address these challenges.

The Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS) objectives are:

  • To raise the credibility of the civil society sector by certifying local NGOs using locally defined and internationally recognized standards.
  • To systemize capacity building efforts by coordinating initiatives using measurable performance indicators.
  • To strengthen the role of civil society in Afghanistan’s development through policy dialogue and active engagement with the government, donors and the broader development sector.
  • To provide a channel for resources for civil society by strengthening philanthropic and corporate social responsibility efforts.

Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS)

Civil society has long been a key factor in addressing a full range of issues in the social, cultural, religious, humanitarian and political life of Afghanistan. With the focus upon transition to Afghan leadership, civil society, particularly local and national non-governmental organizations (NGOs), have the potential to play an important and complementary role in Afghanistan in the delivery of the government’s priority programs, in supporting improved governance, in connecting the wider Afghan population to the state, and in advocating for the vulnerable and excluded.

NGOs in Afghanistan face challenges, including financial and capacity gaps and a public trust deficit, in their endeavors to play such a role effectively. The government, the international community, and civil society have been considering methods by which to support NGOs to address these challenges and realize their potential, dating back to discussions at the Conference on Enabling Environment for Effective Private Sector Contribution to Development in Afghanistan in June 2007. One of the outcomes of these considerations was the formation of a working group, with representation from international and national NGOs, key national NGO networks, and civil society professionals, to establish an organization that will enable NGOs to address these challenges.

The Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS) objectives are:

  • To raise the credibility of the civil society sector by certifying local NGOs using locally defined and internationally recognized standards.
  • To systemize capacity building efforts by coordinating initiatives using measurable performance indicators.
  • To strengthen the role of civil society in Afghanistan’s development through policy dialogue and active engagement with the government, donors and the broader development sector.
  • To provide a channel for resources for civil society by strengthening philanthropic and corporate social responsibility efforts.

Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS)

Civil society has long been a key factor in addressing a full range of issues in the social, cultural, religious, humanitarian and political life of Afghanistan. With the focus upon transition to Afghan leadership, civil society, particularly local and national non-governmental organizations (NGOs), have the potential to play an important and complementary role in Afghanistan in the delivery of the government’s priority programs, in supporting improved governance, in connecting the wider Afghan population to the state, and in advocating for the vulnerable and excluded.

NGOs in Afghanistan face challenges, including financial and capacity gaps and a public trust deficit, in their endeavors to play such a role effectively. The government, the international community, and civil society have been considering methods by which to support NGOs to address these challenges and realize their potential, dating back to discussions at the Conference on Enabling Environment for Effective Private Sector Contribution to Development in Afghanistan in June 2007. One of the outcomes of these considerations was the formation of a working group, with representation from international and national NGOs, key national NGO networks, and civil society professionals, to establish an organization that will enable NGOs to address these challenges.

The Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS) objectives are:

  • To raise the credibility of the civil society sector by certifying local NGOs using locally defined and internationally recognized standards.
  • To systemize capacity building efforts by coordinating initiatives using measurable performance indicators.
  • To strengthen the role of civil society in Afghanistan’s development through policy dialogue and active engagement with the government, donors and the broader development sector.
  • To provide a channel for resources for civil society by strengthening philanthropic and corporate social responsibility efforts.

Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS)

Organization Background:

The Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS) registered with the Ministry of Economy (MoEc) as an NGO in 2014 and was officially launched in February 2015 with a long-term goal of supporting CSOs to realize its potential in supporting development efforts in Afghanistan. The new Executive Director will be the organization’s second. The role will be critical to ensuring the programmatic and organizational success of a high-profile organization unique in and important to Afghanistan’s civil society.

The idea for AICS dates back to a 2007 conference on the enabling environment for effective private sector contribution to development in Afghanistan. The conference convened representatives of the Government of Afghanistan, the Aga Khan Development Network, the World Bank, the United Nations, the Asian Development Bank, private sector institutions, and civil society organizations and networks. To develop a credible civil society sector in Afghanistan, the convening recommended the establishment of an independent certification entity for civil society organizations. AICS started as a result, supported by the Aga Khan Foundation in partnership with Counterpart International under a wider USAID-funded Afghanistan Civic Engagement Program (ACEP).  

AICS’s objectives are:

1.To raise the credibility of the civil society sector by certifying local NGOs using locally defined and internationally recognized standards.

2.To systemize capacity building efforts by coordinating initiatives using measurable performance indicators.

3.To strengthen the role of civil society in Afghanistan’s development through policy dialogue and active engagement with the government, donors and the broader development sector.

4.To provide a channel for resources for civil society by strengthening philanthropic and corporate social responsibility efforts.

Vision: An Afghanistan where every citizen enjoys life in a democratic country with full participation and contribution to the sustainable development of a peaceful, fair and just society

Mission: To support the growth of a vibrant, credible and competent civil society sector in Afghanistan

Core values:

Integrity: AICS is committed to maintaining integrity and professional behavior while conducting its operations. It employs the highest ethical standards and demonstrates honesty and fairness in pursuit of its mission.

Excellence: AICS promotes a culture of unequivocal excellence and is dedicated to delivering high quality services, while responding resourcefully to the fast-changing needs of CSOs in the country.

Collaboration: Recognizing that effective, responsive and accountable CSOs require 
inputs of all stakeholders, AICS will share the learning generated from the participation of civil society with them. AICS is committed to inspiring dialogue from the bottom up, promoting consultations, building consensus and facilitating convergence, forging partnerships and engaging diverse stakeholders in participatory governance.

Diversity: Recognizing that plurality is an integral part of Afghan society, AICS will respect the diversity of the people in fulfilling its mission. AICS is committed to ensuring equal opportunity for all and to respect differences in all forms.

Responsiveness: Recognizing the scale and scope of the challenges facing civil society organizations, AICS acknowledges the requirement to be innovative in its responses. It is committed to acting as a catalyst that brings stakeholders together to generate creative and innovative solutions and to promote thoughtful analysis and learning.


Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS)

Civil society has long been a key factor in addressing a full range of issues in the social, cultural, religious, humanitarian and political life of Afghanistan. With the focus upon transition to Afghan leadership, civil society, particularly local and national non-governmental organizations (NGOs), have the potential to play an important and complementary role in Afghanistan in the delivery of the government’s priority programs, in supporting improved governance, in connecting the wider Afghan population to the state, and in advocating for the vulnerable and excluded.

NGOs in Afghanistan face challenges, including financial and capacity gaps and a public trust deficit, in their endeavors to play such a role effectively. The government, the international community, and civil society have been considering methods by which to support NGOs to address these challenges and realize their potential, dating back to discussions at the Conference on Enabling Environment for Effective Private Sector Contribution to Development in Afghanistan in June 2007. One of the outcomes of these considerations was the formation of a working group, with representation from international and national NGOs, key national NGO networks, and civil society professionals, to establish an organization that will enable NGOs to address these challenges.

The Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS) objectives are:

  • To raise the credibility of the civil society sector by certifying local NGOs using locally defined and internationally recognized standards.
  • To systemize capacity building efforts by coordinating initiatives using measurable performance indicators.
  • To strengthen the role of civil society in Afghanistan’s development through policy dialogue and active engagement with the government, donors and the broader development sector.
  • To provide a channel for resources for civil society by strengthening philanthropic and corporate social responsibility efforts.

Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS)

Civil society has long been a key factor in addressing a full range of issues in the social, cultural, religious, humanitarian and political life of Afghanistan. With the focus upon transition to Afghan leadership, civil society, particularly local and national non-governmental organizations (NGOs), have the potential to play an important and complementary role in Afghanistan in the delivery of the government’s priority programs, in supporting improved governance, in connecting the wider Afghan population to the state, and in advocating for the vulnerable and excluded.

NGOs in Afghanistan face challenges, including financial and capacity gaps and a public trust deficit, in their endeavors to play such a role effectively. The government, the international community, and civil society have been considering methods by which to support NGOs to address these challenges and realize their potential, dating back to discussions at the Conference on Enabling Environment for Effective Private Sector Contribution to Development in Afghanistan in June 2007. One of the outcomes of these considerations was the formation of a working group, with representation from international and national NGOs, key national NGO networks, and civil society professionals, to establish an organization that will enable NGOs to address these challenges.

The Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS) objectives are:

  • To raise the credibility of the civil society sector by certifying local NGOs using locally defined and internationally recognized standards.
  • To systemize capacity building efforts by coordinating initiatives using measurable performance indicators.
  • To strengthen the role of civil society in Afghanistan’s development through policy dialogue and active engagement with the government, donors and the broader development sector.
  • To provide a channel for resources for civil society by strengthening philanthropic and corporate social responsibility efforts.

Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS)

Civil society has long been a key factor in addressing a full range of issues in the social, cultural, religious, humanitarian and political life of Afghanistan. With the focus upon transition to Afghan leadership, civil society, particularly local and national non-governmental organizations (NGOs), have the potential to play an important and complementary role in Afghanistan in the delivery of the government’s priority programs, in supporting improved governance, in connecting the wider Afghan population to the state, and in advocating for the vulnerable and excluded.

NGOs in Afghanistan face challenges, including financial and capacity gaps and a public trust deficit, in their endeavors to play such a role effectively. The government, the international community, and civil society have been considering methods by which to support NGOs to address these challenges and realize their potential, dating back to discussions at the Conference on Enabling Environment for Effective Private Sector Contribution to Development in Afghanistan in June 2007. One of the outcomes of these considerations was the formation of a working group, with representation from international and national NGOs, key national NGO networks, and civil society professionals, to establish an organization that will enable NGOs to address these challenges.

The Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS) objectives are:

  • To raise the credibility of the civil society sector by certifying local NGOs using locally defined and internationally recognized standards.
  • To systemize capacity building efforts by coordinating initiatives using measurable performance indicators.
  • To strengthen the role of civil society in Afghanistan’s development through policy dialogue and active engagement with the government, donors and the broader development sector.
  • To provide a channel for resources for civil society by strengthening philanthropic and corporate social responsibility efforts.

Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS)

Civil society has long been a key factor in addressing a full range of issues in the social, cultural, religious, humanitarian and political life of Afghanistan. With the focus upon transition to Afghan leadership, civil society, particularly local and national non-governmental organizations (NGOs), have the potential to play an important and complementary role in Afghanistan in the delivery of the government’s priority programs, in supporting improved governance, in connecting the wider Afghan population to the state, and in advocating for the vulnerable and excluded.

NGOs in Afghanistan face challenges, including financial and capacity gaps and a public trust deficit, in their endeavors to play such a role effectively. The government, the international community, and civil society have been considering methods by which to support NGOs to address these challenges and realize their potential, dating back to discussions at the Conference on Enabling Environment for Effective Private Sector Contribution to Development in Afghanistan in June 2007. One of the outcomes of these considerations was the formation of a working group, with representation from international and national NGOs, key national NGO networks, and civil society professionals, to establish an organization that will enable NGOs to address these challenges.

The Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS) objectives are:

  • To raise the credibility of the civil society sector by certifying local NGOs using locally defined and internationally recognized standards.
  • To systemize capacity building efforts by coordinating initiatives using measurable performance indicators.
  • To strengthen the role of civil society in Afghanistan’s development through policy dialogue and active engagement with the government, donors and the broader development sector.
  • To provide a channel for resources for civil society by strengthening philanthropic and corporate social responsibility efforts.

Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS)

Civil society has long been a key factor in addressing a full range of issues in the social, cultural, religious, humanitarian and political life of Afghanistan. With the focus upon transition to Afghan leadership, civil society, particularly local and national non-governmental organizations (NGOs), have the potential to play an important and complementary role in Afghanistan in the delivery of the government’s priority programs, in supporting improved governance, in connecting the wider Afghan population to the state, and in advocating for the vulnerable and excluded.

NGOs in Afghanistan face challenges, including financial and capacity gaps and a public trust deficit, in their endeavors to play such a role effectively. The government, the international community, and civil society have been considering methods by which to support NGOs to address these challenges and realize their potential, dating back to discussions at the Conference on Enabling Environment for Effective Private Sector Contribution to Development in Afghanistan in June 2007. One of the outcomes of these considerations was the formation of a working group, with representation from international and national NGOs, key national NGO networks, and civil society professionals, to establish an organization that will enable NGOs to address these challenges.

The Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS) objectives are:

  • To raise the credibility of the civil society sector by certifying local NGOs using locally defined and internationally recognized standards.
  • To systemize capacity building efforts by coordinating initiatives using measurable performance indicators.
  • To strengthen the role of civil society in Afghanistan’s development through policy dialogue and active engagement with the government, donors and the broader development sector.
  • To provide a channel for resources for civil society by strengthening philanthropic and corporate social responsibility efforts.
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