The Future of Afghan Children
Political insecurity, the departure of international forces, a decrease in funding for socio-economic programs, and the subsequent decline in social services provided by national and international NGOs in Afghanistan are projected to create a negative impact on the lives of the Afghan people—and children in particular—in coming years.
A panel of contributors to Children of Afghanistan: The Path to Peace (2014, edited by Jennifer Heath and Ashraf Zahedi) focused on Afghan children’s resilience. Panelists discussed the ways in which access to social services and educational programs, along with implementation of well-designed public policies, can significantly improve the lives of Afghan children and their participation in building a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan. Participants also explored the range of issues that impact children’s lives and take stock of what has been achieved for Afghan children during the last 14 years. They addressed the social, economic, political, and legal changes necessary for creating permanent change and opportunities for young people in Afghanistan.