Project profile — Promoting Women's Political Participation in Afghanistan


2014-02-24 - 2016-07-31
Global Affairs Canada
OGM Asia


This project aims to support the meaningful participation of women in Afghan political life. This project supports the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in: (1) enhancing the capacity of women candidates competing in the 2015 parliamentary elections; (2) supporting newly elected female provincial council members and parliamentarians to fulfill their mandates; and (3) broadening public awareness and dialogue about women's inclusion in politics through radio (and other media if possible) to reach women in rural and remote areas of Afghanistan. Securing and increasing women's roles in Afghan elections are critical steps to making women's voices a permanent part of Afghan political life. This project aims to strengthen the democratic process in Afghanistan and to facilitate a stronger leadership role for women through the provision of country-wide support to a broad range of activities that enhances the leadership capacity of women. Some project activities include: establishing campaign schools for women candidates and providing training in campaign planning, goal setting, voter targeting, and public speaking.

Expected results 

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) enhanced capacity of women to effectively compete in the 2015 parliamentary elections; (2) enhanced capacity of newly elected women provincial council members and parliamentarians to fulfill their mandates; and (3) increased public awareness and support for women in the political process.

Results achieved 

Results achieved by the National Democratic Institute through the support of the Government of Canada as of March 2016 include: (1) an orientation program was implemented and aimed at enhancing the capacity of the 97 newly elected women provincial council members; (2) increased involvement of women in activities that led toward more meaningful political contribution in office, such as addressing constituent concerns, advocating for local issues, as well as liaising with political and civic leaders; (3) there has been a 37% increase in the number of women provincial council members that have access to decision-making space in office; and (4) seven radio roundtables were organized and broadcasted in 29 provinces, to discuss the vital role of women in Afghan public life and ways to advance women’s political participation.. These results have contributed to increased awareness and support for women's civic engagement in local and national level political processes, and overall have increased participation of women in Afghan political life.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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