The evolution of PRT models: towards the pre-eminence of the civilian dimension?

Madrid, 16 - 17 October 2007

Within the Afghanistan context, CITpax analyses and promotes discussion on the different PRT civil action strategies and their effectiveness in relation to the measures rolled out. Special emphasis is given to the participation of Afghan civil society in the design and implementation of these strategies.

Afghan civil society organisations have contributed and will contribute to a large extent in the country’s reconstruction process. It should be stated however that they have not taken part in the creation and design of the development of PRTs. The success of the NATO mission must be linked to its ability to respond to the expectations of Afghan people, as expressed in the Afghanistan Compact adopted in London in January 2006. This can only be implemented however via regular consultation with and the support of civil society, as well as via the constant adaptation of the structure of PRTs to the needs of Afghans and the changing situation in the field. During a high level international seminar, CITpax analysed the role civil society has played and could play with regards other key players, such as the EU, the UN and, of course ISAF, as well as the development of PRT models.

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