“The Missing Link: Supporting democratic state-building in Afghanistan”. The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, the Folke Bernadotte Academy and ENNA have organised a 2-day international conference to discuss the situation in Afghanistan.
“Following the US led strike in 2001 which led to the defeat of the Taliban regime, high goals have been set in order to create a democratic and free Afghanistan, goals which haven’t been accomplished yet. In order for Afghanistan to become a democratic and free country some key elements must be put in place, such as important state institutions, an effective and functioning parliament, and a non-corrupt and stable local governance. The conference will serve as an arena to discuss the latest developments in Afghanistan relating to democratic state building.”
A fine selection of experts, including AAN’s Thomas Ruttig, Sari Kouvo, Martine van Bijlert and Gran Hewad, will speak at the conference and give their personal view on the problems relating to political decision-making, how to increase the accountability of the political leadership, and the role of civil society in a democratization process.
The preliminary programme can be found here.
The conference report, some of the speeches and photos are now available on the SCA website.