Civil Society and Human Rights Organization (CSHRO) (previous Civil Society and Human Rights Network - CSHRN)

Projekt abgeschlossen

Despite significant achievements, Afghan men, women and children continue facing important human rights violations in their daily life. As an umbrella organization, the Civil Society Human Rights Organization (CSHRO) coordinates 160 human rights organizations working for human rights advocacy as well as for improved government`s accountability to the needs of the Afghan people.

Land/Region Thema Periode Budget
Menschenrechte (inkl. Frauenrechte)
01.04.2016 - 15.07.2018
CHF 1'396'000

Since the collapse of the Taliban regime in 2001, considerable progress has been made in the field of human rights in Afghanistan. Many civil society organizations (CSOs) have been established to work towards strengthened rights holders’ abilities to hold the government increasingly accountable of their obligations under the Constitution and international human rights law. However, promotion and protection of human rights still remain challenging and the achievements of the past years highly fragile. In the context of continued armed violence and increasing insecurity, the space for CSOs for an inclusive participation in development and policy reform remains limited. The Civil Society and Human Rights Network (CSHRN) has been established in 2004 to support and coordinate the activities of human rights CSOs in Afghanistan. It comprises today a nationwide network of 160 CSOs.


A strengthened civil society network promotes inclusive dialogue, increased accountability and respect for human rights in Afghanistan.


Direct beneficiaries: human rights civil society organizations (160) and their members as rights holders, Government (at national and subnational level) as the duty bearers. Indirect beneficiaries: Afghan population.

Mittelfristige Wirkungen
  • Outcome 1: CSHRO strengthens the Human Rights discourse in Afghanistan.
  • Outcome 2: CSHRO has a professional and accountable organizational and financial structure.

Erwartete Resultate:  

  • CSHRO is strengthened as a professional and na­tio­nal human rights network for coordination and cooperation among hu­man rights and civil society organizations.
  • CSHRO, its member and partner organizations have increased institutional and thematic capacities.
  • Key human rights issues are put on the national agenda and the government has been held accountable for its commitments to international human rights law under treaties it has ratified.
  • CSHRO has a concrete impact on the govern­mental policies in relation to key human rights issues hereby increasing the responsiveness of the duty-bearers and sensitiveness of the claim-holders.
  • Afghans have increased awareness of the relevance and positive importance of key human rights issues.
  • CSHRO administrative and financial management is improved and in the position to attract donors funding.
  • CSHRO programmatic management is improved and in the position to ensure future programming.

Resultate von früheren Phasen:  

  • Activities of focal points have strengthened CSHRO’s access to concrete monitoring of human rights in remote areas.
  • The awareness of and dialogue on human rights has been strengthened among public institutions and civil society organizations.
  • A broader awareness and deeper understanding of human rights among member organizations and interested university students (future decision makers) has been achieved in regions with CSHRO offices.
  • Public authorities are being held more accountable for the protection and respect of human rights in their mandated areas.
  • CSHRO is becoming a driving force for a coordinated civil society human rights movement that acts with a comprehensive and coherent strategic approach.

Verantwortliche Direktion/Bundesamt DEZA
Kreditbereich Entwicklungszusammenarbeit
Projektpartner Vertragspartner
Internationale oder ausländische NGO

Andere Partner

European Commission, Tawanmandi

Koordination mit anderen Projekten und Akteuren
  • Central and sub-national government institutions and bodies (Human Rights Support Unit (HRSU), Ministry of Justice, High Media Council, Provincial and District offices, and line departments)
  • Human Rights Advisory Board (HRAB)
  • Afghan Civil Society Forum (ACSF)
  • Community elders and other influential actors
  • Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC)
Budget Laufende Phase Schweizer Beitrag CHF   1'396'000 Bereits ausgegebenes Schweizer Budget CHF   25'950

Phase 4 01.04.2016 - 15.07.2018   (Completed)

Phase 3 01.01.2009 - 31.12.2014   (Completed)