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Institute for Afghan Studies and Empowerment of Digital Afghan Civic Society


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Background Information about the NGO Institute for Afghan Studies and Empowerment of Digital Society in Afghanistan 2.0.

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Institute for Afghan Studies and Empowerment of Digital Afghan Civic Society

  1. 1. INSAF The Institute for Afghan Studies and Empowerment of Digital Civil Society in Afghanistan (INSAF)
  2. 2. INSAF Overview 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
  3. 3. INSAF 1. Institute´s Background & Facts Institute´s Status INSAF is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, politically and religiously neutral organization. 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 association. 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.
  4. 4. INSAF 2. Vision, Values and Mission Statement Vision 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. Values Freedom of information, freedom of speech, pluralism and the human rights Charter of the United Nations. Mission Statement 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.
  5. 5. INSAF 3. Word and Action Philosophy Inform. 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 Enlighten. 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 target audience Action. 2.0 Argue and demonstrate the necessity of action oriented projects for change Informed citizens can then prepare and carry out practical projects.
  6. 6. INSAF 4. Institute’s Heads and Brains
  7. 7. INSAF 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 Communication Technology 4. Field of Open Government, Open Data Government and Freedom of Information Laws withinin the Afghan Constitution
  8. 8. INSAF 1. Field Research Fields of Afghan Studies Definition 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 academic level ● 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
  9. 9. INSAF 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 legislations ● Information on MPs' backgrounds, updates on their activities ● 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
  10. 10. INSAF 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 cases, self-reporting) ● Corruption cases in state agencies and institutions in districts and provinces ● 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- government groups ● The casualties of international coalition forces by anti-government groups ● Attacks by anti-government groups against civilian institutions
  11. 11. INSAF 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 includes: 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
  12. 12. INSAF 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.
  13. 13. INSAF 6. The eight Principles of Open Government Data 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.
  14. 14. INSAF 7. Organizational Chart
  15. 15. INSAF 8. What make INSAF unique?? ● It is a platform for committed, action focused personalities with creative ideas ● 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
  16. 16. INSAF 9. How can you contribute to changes in Afghanistan? ● Contribute your knowledge and long term commitment for the betterment of Afghanistan ● 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 private donations ● Donate via PayPal, Visa & Master, Flattr or Banking Account
  17. 17. INSAF Find online more on INSAF .... ● Online (German) ● Online (English) ● Online (Dari) ● Email ● Facebook ● XING ● Twitter Institute Director ● Name Noor Nazrabi ● Mobil 0049 1782975622 ● Email ● Twitter ● Facebook ● XING ● Availability Please contact via mail or Twitter