Afghanistan Conference & Development
The Bonn conference in Germany has come to a close with some debate regarding the tangible outcomes. What are your thoughts on the conference? What implications does it have for the female work force in Afghanistan. Here is a very interesting article on women in Afghanistan and their focus at Bonn
“Thanks to the efforts of Ghaffar and other women’s rights activists, the final outcome document of the Bonn conference specifically states that the international community expects the peace and reconciliation process to respect the Afghan constitution and its provisions for the rights of women. Unfortunately, the document takes a less definitive approach to women’s participation in the peace process, merely calling for it to be “inclusive … regardless of gender.”
Article from the Guardian
Regardless of timelines, it seems the international community strongly backs Afghanistan’s rebuild efforts and seem to be willing to continue assistance, at this point indefinitely until the country is stable and safe from breaking into any sort of sectarian violence or civil war.
(Reuters) – Foreign governments pledged on Monday to support Afghanistan long after allied troops go home, with or without a political settlement with insurgents once seen as the best way to prevent a new civil war.
I have recently been reading about the IT sector in Afghanistan as I am trying to determine what the market demand of IT is, specifically on the western side which is less integrated with large IT providers versus Kabul. I came across the Afghan Computer Science Association. I am very interested to find out more about their projects and the work they are doing, potentially for tie in to the Herat Incubator Program. You may find their website here
What are your thoughts on Bonn, Afghanistans future, and IT in the area? Let us know, we’re interested in your thoughts!