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Afghanistan Celebrates Open Data Day!

Open Data Day is celebrated by thousands around the world very year on 3rd of March. In Afghanistan, for the first time this day was celebrated by Afghanistan Data Hub and Porsesh Research and Studies Organization in a formal event. The event was attended by a group of 14 young leaders and activists coming from…
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Five Economic Takeaways From the Latest Survey of the Afghan People

The latest wave of the annual Survey of the Afghan People bring much information about Afghanistan and how Afghans are thinking about contemporary issues. The survey provide a comprehensive picture of Afghan perceptions about a wide range of topics. However, here, I bring you the main economic takeaways from the survey. 1. Economic concerns are…
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More than Uncertainty Drives Afghan Migrants to the West

This article first appeared on In Asia blog on November 15, 2017. Despite the danger that migrants face leaving Afghanistan, and the campaigns to keep them from fleeing, the desire to migrate has increased considerably—from 29.6 percent in 2016 to 38.8 percent in 2017, according to The Asia Foundation’s new Survey of the Afghan People. While…
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Life Under Armed Opposition Groups in Afghanistan

This article first appeared on In Asia blog on November 15, 2017. While Afghanistan has made progress in the past three decades toward achieving democracy and stability, this progress is stunted by the presence and destruction brought on by rebel groups, or armed opposition groups (AOGs). In fact, despite the progress made in key areas,…
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Uncertainty Drives Afghan Migrants to the West

This article first appeared on In Asia blog on May 3, 2017. After Syrians, Afghans form the largest group of refugees in the European Union (EU), with over 360,000 asylum applications lodged in 2015 and 2016, according to official EU figures. Afghan migrants risk their lives during the months-long journey to reach Europe, which crosses thousands of…
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What Factors Drive Child Marriage in Afghanistan?

This article first appeared on In Asia blog on March 22, 2017. Afghanistan is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a woman. Contributing factors include different forms of gender-based violence, poor education, limited access to healthcare, and not being allowed outside the home. Sadly, many Afghan women also face forced…
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