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Afghanistan in 2016: A Survey of the Afghan People Coming Dec. 7

November 30, 2016

On December 7, The Asia Foundation will release findings from “Afghanistan in 2016: A Survey of the Afghan People“—the broadest, most comprehensive public opinion poll in the country, covering all 34 provinces. The 2016 survey includes the results of face-to-face interviews with more than 12,600 Afghan citizens who tell us their views on security, the economy, essential services, governance and political participation, corruption, justice, and gender equality. This year’s survey extends to new areas, including youth issues, migration, public awareness of legal resources, reconciliation with the Taliban, the Islamic State (ISIL/ISIS), landmines, and access to social media on mobile phones.


The findings of the 12th annual survey, which will be released in Kabul and at a launch event in Washington, D.C., on December 7 at the U.S. Institute of Peace (RSVP to attend here), are being released at an important moment for Afghanistan. Crucial questions of security, economic stability, and reconciliation face the administration of President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah. As they begin their third year in office, an atmosphere of increasing civilian casualties and unrest in the provincial capitals threatens the fragile but significant progress the country has made toward peace and prosperity over the past decade.

At the same time, continued commitment from the international community will be critical to Afghanistan’s ability to hold on to these fragile gains. As the United States prepares for a new administration under President Trump, this is an important moment to consider how U.S. policy can constructively support Afghanistan’s continued journey to a prosperous and stable democracy. The Asia Foundation recently released a new policy assessment report, “Afghanistan Going Forward,” with a set of recommendations to inform the new administration and Congress on appropriate next steps for U.S. policy in the region. Download the full report.

Stay tuned for next week’s blog for expert analysis of the findings and what they mean for Afghanistan’s development trajectory. Join the conversation on Twitter with #AfghanSurvey.

Related locations: Afghanistan, Washington DC
Related programs: Survey of the Afghan People


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