Institute for Afghan Studies and Empowerment of Digital Afghan Civic Society
The Institute for Afghan Studies
and Empowerment of
Digital Civil Society in
1. Institute´s Background & Facts
2. Insaf´s Vision, Values and Mission Statement
3. Insaf Word and Action Philosophy
4. Heads and Brains: Institute´s Staff
5. Overview of Institute´s Four Core Activities
5.1 Definition and Research Fields of Afghan Studies
5.2 Field of Empowerment of Civil Society in Afghanistan
5.3 Field of Empowerment of Civil Society Through Online Communication
5.4 Definition of Open Government and Open Data Government
5.4 Supporting Freedom of information laws in the Afghan Constitution
6. The Eight Principles of Open Government Data
7. Organizational Chart
8. What make INSAF unique?
9. How can you contribute to changes in Afghanistan?
10. Get in touch
1. Institute´s Background & Facts
INSAF is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, politically and religiously neutral
INSAF means in both Dari & Pashto, justice, transparency and openness
INSAF is a registered organisation in the official register in the city of
Darmstadt, in the state of Hessen in the Federal Republic of Germany.
It is officially recognised by the tax authority as a charitable and non-profit
INSAF is founded and managed by a group of mostly students and graduates
from a variety of disciplines with a deep passion for rebuilding Afghanistan and
rethinking the usual approaches to support Afghanistan’s civil society.
The staff are living in Darmstadt, Frankfurt and Hamburg.
2. Vision, Values and Mission Statement
A strong, unified and informed Afghan civil society, which is able to hold an
open and transparent Afghan government accountable, using facts and open
data available on the interactive online information platform.
Freedom of information, freedom of speech, pluralism and the human rights
Charter of the United Nations.
Act as an independent online information platform and network,
Enable a more transparent and open government in Afghanistan
Serve strong change makers for a bright and autonomous Afghanistan.
3. Word and Action Philosophy
Information and facts are to be used as tools by citizens to bring about changes
Empower citizens to make more informed decisions on a variety of issues
Packaged, fact-checked and textualized information disseminated via
appropriate information channels to target groups.
Information disseminated in a variety of languages to reach all sections of
Argue and demonstrate the necessity of action oriented projects for change
Informed citizens can then prepare and carry out practical projects.
5. The Institute’s core activities are
divided into four fields
1. Field of research with the focus on Afghan Studies
2. Field of empowerment of Civil Society in Afghanistan
3. Field of empowerment of Civil Society through Online
4. Field of Open Government, Open Data Government
and Freedom of Information Laws withinin the Afghan
1. Field Research Fields of Afghan
Afghan Studies (German: Afghanistik, French: Études afghannes)
● Research profile refers to the subject and objectives of the research
● As a scientific discipline, Afghan Studies focuses on Afghanistan with the
purpose to deliver, provide and offer profound and nuanced insights at an
● Afghan Studies is a subject of a scientific nature and requires an
interdisciplinary perspective and approach.
Research Fields of Afghan Studies
Afghan Studies encompasses a number of different scientific disciplines:
● Empirical identity research
● Literature, cultural studies and history
● Linguistics and didactics
2. Field for Empowerment of
Civil Society in Afghanistan
● Offering workshops, E-learning sessions and manuals to
for civil society leaders
● Launching information campaigns in the media
● Providing investigative background information on
● Information on MPs' backgrounds, updates on their
● Lobby for Afghan NGOs in Germany, in the parliament and
landtag [legislative assembly of a German state]
● Establishing database of information that can be used by
media, lawyers, MPs, analysts and researchers
3. Field Empowerment of Civil Society
via Online Communication
Establishing neutral Information and Communication Platform
Building an uncensored Information Fact Center in Dari, Pashto and English
Collection & aggregation of crowdsourced content (Claims, facts, individual
● Corruption cases in state agencies and institutions in districts and
● Claims and accusations of human rights abuses by politicians and warlords
and those working in state institutions such as ANSF
● The violations of women’s rights in districts and provinces
● Civilian casualties by government, international forces and anti-
● The casualties of international coalition forces by anti-government groups
● Attacks by anti-government groups against civilian institutions
Definition and Philosophy of "Open Government Data" describes the open and
transparent administration of public sector data and its availability in the
interest of citizens.
Government data includes all data held by government institutions such as
● Government ministries
● Government offices
● and other public administration authorities.
The Open Data Access philosophy describes unrestricted access to public
records that are in the interests of the public for entirely free usage which
dissemination, publication, personal or commercial use, and for the use of
citizen initiatives, organisations and businesses.
4. Field of Open Government and
Open Data Government
4. Field Supporting Freedom of
information laws in the Afghanistan
"The use and dissemination of data from the public sector is legally guaranteed
in article No. 50, paragraph 2, Article No.29 Thus, the Afghan constitution
ensures transparency and accountability of government organizations."
INSAF future projects that focus on "Open Data Government" will be guided by
the principles based on the freedom of information and data
● All data which is not expressly a secret, or bound by personal privacy or
security restrictions should be public.
● All state authorities should publish the data in their records, regardless of
the size, cost or relevance
● The data should be made available as soon as possible and records
should be published in full at regular time intervals, not just at the request
of individual citizens or groups
● Information records should be available free of charge to citizens for any
purpose, including for-profit purposes without restrictions.
6. The eight Principles of Open
1. Data Must Be Complete
2. Data Must Be Primary (original source, granularity, not modified forms)
3. Data Must Be Timely (available as soon as possibe, in relation to the
relevancy of the data )
4. Data Must Be Accessible (readily available to a wide range of people )
5. Data Must Be Machine Processable (reasonably structured , formatted )
6. Access Must Be Non-Discriminatory (no registration requirement )
7. Data Formats Must Be Non-Proprietary (available in a variety of formats )
8. Data Must Be License-free (no copyright, patent, trademark)
9. Finally, compliance must be reviewable.
8. What make INSAF unique??
● It is a platform for committed, action focused personalities with creative
● It is a registered charity and and a non partisan organisation
● It is a politically and religiously neutral organization
● It carries out activities across the whole of Germany
● INSAF is honest, open, independent and uncensored
● INSAF comprises of members from a wide wage disciplines
● It is result-oriented, and focuses on long-term projects
● INSAF enables Afghans to strive for positive changes in Afghanistan
through the use of digital technology
● INSAF works closely with Afghan activists
● It provides an organisational infrastructure, financial resources, manpower,
far-reaching networks to aid projects
● It works with with national and international NGOs
9. How can you contribute to
changes in Afghanistan?
● Contribute your knowledge and long term commitment for the betterment
● Contribute your personal expertise to the cause, as the rebuilding of
Afghanistan needs people from a variety of disciplines and professions
● INSAF provides the opportunity and infrastructure to develop your career
and network, whilst working for a positive and worthwhile cause
● Staff for fundraising, research and public relations activities are vital
● Join INSAF to realise your own ideas and projects
● Work on online projects, work across countries and continents
● You can have your Say via Guest Contribution on our homepage
● Drop your Project Proposal
● Donate; one-time donations, monthly donations, membership fees, and
● Donate via PayPal, Visa & Master, Flattr or Banking Account
Find online more on INSAF ....
● Online www.afghanistik.de (German)
● Online www.afghanistik.de/insaf-in-english (English)
● Online http://goo.gl/rHK35A (Dari)
● Email email@example.com
● Facebook www.facebook.com/groups/afghanistik
● XING www.xing.com/net/afghanistik
● Twitter www.twitter.com/afghanistik
● Name Noor Nazrabi
● Mobil 0049 1782975622
● Email firstname.lastname@example.org
● Twitter https://twitter.com/NoorNazrabi
● Facebook www.facebook.com/noor.nazrabi
● XING www.xing.to/Nazrabi
● Availability Please contact via mail or Twitter