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Center for Policy Priorities Announces Young Afghan Professionals Summit 2007

The Center for Policy Priorities (CFPP) will hold the Young Afghan Professionals Summit 2007 from November 20-22 in Kabul with the theme of “Promoting Enfranchisement: Toward Inclusion & Influence in Sustainable Development of Afghanistan.”  CFPP recognizes that sustainable development requires a long-term perspective and broad-based participation in policy formulation, decision-making and implementation at all levels.  Thus, securing sustainable development in Afghanistan, as the first step requires to promote enfranchisement of marginalized populations and to increase the level of engagement with the young professionals.   This will build a grassroots level will for reform and a path for sustainable economic and social development in Afghanistan. . 

The summit is a multi-purpose program that will bring together young Afghan professionals from Afghanistan and across the world.  The summit fellows will be comprised of young academicians, researchers, politicians, members of Afghan parliament, civil activists and the university graduates from across the country and overseas.

The 2007 Summit Program

The CFPP 2007 Summit is a platform for Young Afghan Professionals to discuss developmental challenges, public policy issues and to identify their role on how to contribute towards sustainable development of Afghanistan.   The summit aims to foster youth leadership, encourage dialogue on public policy, and provide young professionals with the opportunity to share their ideas on variety of thematic issues.   The participants in various discussion sessions and working groups will express their views to come up with specific policy recommendations that will be included in the Future Program of Actions of CFPP for the follow-ups with the government officials, parliamentarians, donor agencies and other stakeholders.  

The summit will include a one-day seminar on post-conflict reconstruction and a two-days follow up workshop titled "The Role of Young Afghan Professional in the Development of Afghanistan".  

The Centre for Policy Priorities (CFPP) is an independent think tank, research and training organization based in Kabul, Afghanistan.  CFPP serves as a forum for (i) analyzing policy proposals and public programs; (ii) undertaking independent research of current issues; (iii) creating friendly environment for meaningful dialogue between policymakers and stakeholders; (iv) overseeing political and economic programs; and (v) disseminating information particularly to Afghan citizens.  The CFPP strives to effect informed public policy formulation and implementation while contributing to increased knowledge; capacity; and awareness of social, political, and economic themes.   

Participants Eligibility Criteria

We anticipate applications from serious professionals who are dedicated at developmental challenges of Afghanistan and are firm believers in the potential leadership of young Afghan professionals.   Following will be looked upon in the selection process:

1. Young Professional Afghans aged between 22 years to 40.

2. Wants to serve Afghanistan and the Afghan people and has been active in some projects in Afghanistan or for Afghan people.

3. Holds minimum a University Degree and believes that s/he has got specific ideas as solutions to developmental challenges of Afghanistan

4. Understands the significance of policy dialogue amongst the Afghan professionals and/with the Afghan government, international community and other stakeholders.


CFPP will pay travel (full and partial) and accommodation for the duration of three days program for deserving applicants depending on applicants posting with regard to meeting the selection criteria.  


Application process

CFPP will accept applications for the Young Afghan Professional Summit 2007 beginning October 4, 2007 and application deadline is November 5, 2007.  If you would like to make a presentation on the role of young professionals in development, you should mention it in your application.   Due to the volume of the applications only short listed candidates will be contacted. 

Contact Information

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