Assessing the Capacities of Afghan National NGOs in the Field of Peace-building: A Case Study on WASSA, WISE & RSDO


This paper is part of a five-year ongoing project being carried out by WASSA, WISE, and RSDO to reintegrate the IDPs, returnees and the host community members through improving their financial conditions in the host communities. The study basically aims to assess the capacity of the partners in the field of peace-building. The assessment applied a triangulated approach in which a comprehensive literature review along with 37 in-depth interviews were conducted with senior and junior staffs of the partners (Phase 1). The findings revealed the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. According to the data, humanitarian ideology, grounded understandings, creativity and systematic thinking and beneficiary centrism are the strengths, project-based efforts, relationship over rules, micro-management, lack of sufficient archives, dysfunctional socialization agents, lack of qualified human sources and lack of internal conflict resolution policy are the weaknesses, peace Discourse, peace Oriented Funds and supportive national priorities are the opportunities, and insecurity, corruption, public grievance and traditional power structures are the threats. On the other hand, according to the quantitative data (Phase 2), the NGOs’ employees are neither satisfied nor dissatisfied of their jobs.