Virtual Event – 2021 Survey Findings: Afghan Perceptions of Peace, Covid-19, and the Economy

Event: Thursday, April 29, 2021, Washington, DC

The Covid-19 pandemic presented a unique challenge for survey research and inspired The Asia Foundation’s Kabul team to pivot from their long-running annual Survey of the Afghan People to a series of telephone interviews, the Afghanistan Flash Surveys on Perceptions of Peace, Covid-19, and the Economy. Consisting of over 12,000 interviews with Afghans across all 34 provinces, the Flash Survey series was conducted in three waves from September 2020 to February 2021. A proportion of the respondents repeatedly participated across either two or three waves, to allow researchers to understand shifts in perspective at the individual level and better measure changing behaviors and attitudes during a critical time in Afghanistan. (Findings are available from earlier waves: Wave 1 and Wave 2).

Results from the third wave of interviews indicate strong and continued support for the protection of women’s rights, the constitution, and freedom of the press in a peace agreement. However, 10 percent fewer respondents believe that peace is achievable within the next two years, when compared to Wave 1. Afghans were also asked about their views on their financial situation, the local economy, access to healthcare, and their experience with covid-19, among other key topics.

Flash Survey report authors and Afghanistan experts participated in a in-depth discussion of the final wave of data from the Afghanistan Flash Survey series, as well as a comparative analysis of the panel data, examining how perceptions of critical issues have evolved over the past year.

The Afghanistan Flash Surveys series is a product of The Asia Foundation with support provided by the United States Agency for International Development, the Australian Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade, the United Kingdom’s Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office, and the German government’s Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit.

Abdullah Ahmadzai, Country Representative, The Asia Foundation, Afghanistan
Tabasum Akseer, Director, Policy and Research, The Asia Foundation, Afghanistan

Scott Worden, Director, Afghanistan and Central Asia Programs, United States Institute for Peace

Related locations: Afghanistan, Washington DC
Related programs: Survey of the Afghan People
Related topics: Covid-19


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