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The Asia Foundation Presents Findings of 2013 Survey of the Afghan People in Washington

February 1, 2014 — On December 11, 2013 a team of experts from the Foundation’s office in Kabul presented findings from the newly-released Afghanistan in 2013: A Survey of the Afghan People, at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC.

As Afghanistan approaches major security and political transitions in 2014, in their survey responses Afghans cited insecurity (30%), corruption (26%), and unemployment (25%) as the three biggest problems facing the country. At the Washington forum, the Foundation’s country representative in Afghanistan, Mark Kryzer, noted that more than half of Afghans polled said that the outcome of the 2014 election will make a positive difference in their lives. However, he pointed out that 81% of respondents expressed concern about election-day security. While respondents reported high levels of confidence in the Afghan National Police (ANP), 76% said that the police will continue to need foreign assistance in order to carry out their responsibilities.

Palwasha Kakar, The Asia Foundation’s Director of Women’s Empowerment and Development in Afghanistan, highlighted in her presentation that this year Afghans reported that illiteracy and a lack of job opportunities are the most pressing problems facing Afghan women today.

Dr. Keith Shawe, the Foundation’s Director of Survey Research in Kabul, explained innovations in the 2013 Survey methodology, including increasing the sample size 47% to 9,260 and decreasing the sampling error to +/- 1.1%. He also noted that using a new intercept survey method, whereby people were interviewed as they traveled out from inaccessible areas, allowed this year’s sample to include more people from insecure areas than previously and helped to capture a more representative range of views.

The panel discussion was moderated by Scott Smith, Director of Afghanistan and Central Asia Programs at the United States Institute of Peace, and the team addressed a wide range of questions from the audience of nearly 100 policymakers, academics, and development professionals.

 

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