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The Asia Foundation Supports Afghan Civil Society Voices at Tokyo Conference

San Francisco and Tokyo, June 27, 2012 — On July 8, the Governments of Japan and Afghanistan will host a Tokyo Conference to identify ways to sustain support for Afghanistan development for the remainder of the transition process and through the “transformation decade” (2015-2024).  This milestone conference comes more than a decade after the 2002 Tokyo Conference on Reconstruction Assistance, where more than 60 countries and 20 international organizations pledged several billion dollars in development assistance.

The Asia Foundation, at a preliminary event held on July 6-9, will co-host thirty representatives of Afghan civil society at the Afghan Civil Society Voices Conference in Japan.  The Foundation and its partners — Japan Civil Society Steering Committee for Afghanistan Tokyo Conference, Japan Platform, United Nations University, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan — will provide a platform for Afghan civil society to articulate their views to international donors regarding the future development of Afghanistan and necessary reforms. In-depth discussions will focus on how the international community should support Afghanistan after 2014 and critical development and reform issues to assure good governance, sustainable development, and human rights.

The Asia Foundation will also participate in a related Tokyo symposium on July 6 focused on development progress in Afghanistan over the past decade. The event is hosted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Mohammed Tariq Osman, Program Director at The Asia Foundation in Afghanistan, will share findings from the Foundation’s 2011 Survey of the Afghan People – its seventh annual survey of Afghan citizens and the broadest public opinion poll in the country.

July 6, at JICA symposium on "What we have done for Afghanistan since 2002: lessons learned from the past experience"

Read more insights on the Tokyo Conference in the June 27 edition of In Asia.

The Asia Foundation has a record of sustained commitment to and support for the Afghan people. Since re-opening its Kabul office in 2002, the Foundation has assisted Afghan efforts to rebuild the country by supporting development and human capacity-building in governance, education, women’s empowerment, and elections. Read more about the Foundation’s programs in Afghanistan.

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