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Visualizing Afghanistan: A Survey of the Afghan People

Do you think reconciliation efforts will help stabilize the country?

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Do you think reconciliation efforts will help stabilize the country?

Efforts by the Afghan government to reconcile with members of Armed Opposition Groups (AOGs) have proceeded on multiple levels for several years. The survey asked Afghans if they know of a reconciliation project that has taken place in their area. Afghans in the East, North East, and South West regions were more likely to respond “yes,” especially in Nangarhar (31%), Wardak (26%), Helmand (25%), Zabul (24%), and Kunar (23%) provinces. Afghans in rural areas report knowing of reconciliation efforts at a higher rate (14%) than urban respondents (7%).

Regardless of their knowledge of the presence or absence of reconciliation efforts in their communities, nearly three-quarters of Afghans (73%) say such efforts can help stabilize the country. Confidence in reconciliation efforts is lowest in Panjshir (22%), Daikundi (48%), Balkh (56%), and Wardak (58%) provinces. Confidence is highest in the East, South East, West, and South West regions, which have seen the greatest share of conflict with AOGs. A higher percentage of men (77%) than women (69%) believe reconciliation efforts can be effective in stabilizing the country.

Additional Insights from the 2014 Nationwide Data

Q: In your opinion, what is the main reason that the armed opposition groups are fighting against the Afghan government?*

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