This announcement was originally published by our partner BAAG.
BAAG and the Civil Society Working Committee are pleased to announce that the Afghan civil society delegation to the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan (BCA) has been selected. They are:
The delegation was chosen through an open competitive process managed by the independent and neutral Selection Committee and was endorsed by the Civil Society Working Committee for the BCA.
In May this year BAAG started a project with a group of twelve major civil society networks and organisations, to prepare for the Brussels Conference on 5th October 2016. This Working Committee has worked tirelessly in recent months on various activities, one of which has been the selection of the official Afghan civil society delegation.
Based on lessons learnt from the 2014 London Conference on Afghanistan and earlier events, the Working Committee agreed to the formation of an independent and neutral Selection Committee, tasked with managing the application and selection processes. UNAMA (United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan) and AIHRC (Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission) acted as observers to the work of the Selection Committee, ensuring a transparent process and adherence to the selection guidelines.
It was unanimously agreed that a fully inclusive process was necessary, allowing civil society actors from across Afghanistan to apply for the delegation. On 10th August an open call for nominations was launched, running until 17th August. This was communicated as widely as possible through the various civil society networks.
The Selection Committee received approximately 200 applications, and 176 of these met the initial application criteria. 115 eligible applications were from men, and 61 from women. Whilst a significant number of applications came from Kabul-based individuals, 76 were received from 24 provinces across the country.
The Selection Committee reviewed the eligible applicants against the agreed criteria to create a long-list of 51 applicants, and then a short-list of 28. Of the 51 longlist applicants, 14 were female. In the 28-person short-list there were 14 female and 14 male applicants. These 28 were invited to interviews with the Selection Committee and observers on the 27th and 28th August. The interviews were conducted in local languages as well as English, since one of the agreed criteria was for effective communications skills with international delegates and policy makers in Brussels. They were also recorded for transparency purposes.
Based on scoring against the criteria, ten individuals were selected for the delegation – five men and five women. A further twelve were selected as reserves, based on their scores. The reserves will be called upon if any of the delegates are unable, for whatever reason, to travel to Brussels.
BAAG and the Working committee are grateful for the committed and diligent work of the Selection Committee and Working Committee, and to the organisation and oversight of our Civil Society Support Consultant in Kabul, Mr Fahim Hakim. We will be working with the ten delegates and wider civil society in the coming weeks. This will be to support their preparation of recommendations and messages to be presented to the Afghan government and international community ahead of, and at the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan.
 The Working Committee founding members: Aziz Rafiee (ACSFo), Baryalai Omarzai (ANCB), Fiona Gall (ACBAR), Hasina Safi (AWN), Abdullah Ahmadi & then Khalil Raufi (CSJWG Secretariat), Jan Mohammad Hamdard (SWABAC), Khan Zaman Amarkhail (CSCC), Masood Karokhail (TLO and Salah Consortium), Naeem Ayubzada (TEFA and Afghan Civil Society Elections Network), Raz Mohammad Dalili (SDO), Hassan Ali Faiz (CSHRN) and Saiffudin Nizami (CCD and Advocacy Committee for People with Disability)
The Selection Committee member organisations: Human Rights Association for Afghan Women, The Child Fund, TLO (The Liaison Office), BARAN (Bu Ali Rebabilitation & Aid Network). Observers: UNAMA abd AIHRC