International Peace Day


Date: 21 Sep – 5 Oct, 2020


Report date:

11 Oct 2020

Reporters name and contact details: Esmatullah Jafari
Peace-building Consultant



Name and Type of Event International Peace Day:

Local: Intergenerational Dialogues

General: The Role of NGOs in Local Peace-building: A Focus on the NGOs in Western Afghanistan

Organized by: WASSA, WISE and RSDO

Funded by: TDH & BMZ

Number of participants Local: 300 (male and female)

General: 150 (male and female)

Note: Youths, Mullas, Shura members, officials, civil activists, human rights activists, children, people with disabilities, and other people participated in the activities.

Major Activities
  1. Vocal Group Performance: How a peaceful community looks like!
  2. Dramas: Challenge your perceptions
  3. Paintings: Peace in beautiful thoughts
  4. Panel: A reflection on the role of NGOs in local peace-building
  5. Sport: Taekwondo massages peace!
Keynote Speakers Mr. Nikjo, Head of Herat University Peace Studies Association and Law and Political Science Faculty

Ms. Sakina Hossaini, Member of Herat Provincial Council

Mr. Sayed Ashraf Sadat, Representative of Civil Society

A brief outline of key issues and challenges addressed in the event


 The issues addressed included:

  • the interactive dialogues helped youths and elders to develop a common understanding in terms of local problems, challenges, opportunities, and generational corporations;
  • the youths found an opportunity to showcase their volunteer activities and their personal capabilities to the community through public speeches, paintings, dramas, and so on;
  • the officials, NGOs’ seniors, civil activists, and religious scholars developed an academic understanding of NGOs’ role in local peace-building;
  • the youths could create new networks with influential actors as they found enough opportunity to communicate with new people in the meeting venues as well as in the coordinating processes.
Key recommendations The distinguished guests pointed out the following suggestions:

  • There is a strong need to conduct more generational dialogues for strengthening the role of youths in local decision-making processes. 
  • The NGOs and academic community need to build very close and interactive networks so that the NGOs can benefit from the academic findings in practical initiatives and the academic centers may investigate the issues identified by field engagement of the NGOs.