The Role of Civil Society in Promoting Good Governance in Afghanistan
In Afghanistan the definition of civil society in the form of organisations and groups also includes shuras, jirgas, Community Development Councils and other traditional structures and representatives such as the ulemah or maliks. Due to traditionally weak state structures, these organisations form a vibrant aspect of Afghanistan’s governance system. They have the potential to bridge the gap between the people and the state influencing political decision-making and policy formulation processes according to people’s needs. Strengthening civil society can thus contribute to overall accountability and to better service delivery and thereby underpin the legitimacy of the state and its institutions.