The Covid-19 pandemic presented a unique challenge for survey research and inspired The Asia Foundation’s office in Afghanistan to pivot from the long-running annual Survey of the Afghan People to a series of three Afghanistan Flash Surveys conducted by telephone from September 2020 to February 2021. The Flash Surveys actively track public sentiment over time on a set of topics to support policymakers as they navigate a country in transition. Unique from other surveys, it is the Foundation’s first panel survey in Afghanistan, meaning a set of respondents were interviewed multiple times over the six-month period. See findings from Wave 1, Wave 2, Wave 3, and the 2019 Survey of the Afghan People.
Conducting a survey in a time of Covid: a smaller sample, using the phone
This survey was conducted using random digit dialing among a nationally representative sample of Afghan adults who use mobile phones. The native-speaking Dari and Pashto interviewers, gender matched with respondents, used Tablet-Assisted Personal Interviewing and Research Control Solutions software.
As domestic, regional and international efforts for achieving peace enter a new phase, and the withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan approaches, it is essential to ascertain the views and concerns of Afghan women and men on important issues including the protection of rights and freedoms, security and the economy.
– Abdullah Ahmadzai, The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative in Afghanistan
Fewer than half say now peace is achievable within the next two years. A majority are unwilling to accept a peace agreement that results in women and girls no longer being able to attend school. Strong support for women in leadership roles remains.
Response to the Covid-19 pandemic
The longest-running barometer of Afghan opinion, the Survey of the Afghan People presents a clear picture of the gains and gaps that Afghans perceive in a rapidly transforming nation. The Survey, now on its fifteenth edition, has gathered the views of more than 129,000 Afghans since 2004 on security, reconciliation with the Taliban, migration, the role of women, elections and other key issues. Join the conversation on Twitter using #AfghanSurvey.
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