Peace Training and Research Organisation (PTRO) is an independent, nonprofit development-focused research organisation in Afghanistan. Our aim is to generate historicised and context-specific knowledge and improve policy and decision-making through research and analysis. Our research addresses issues that shape the everyday lives of Afghans including war and insurgency, peace and reconciliation, human rights and access to justice, good governance and sustainable development. We carry out commissioned research on behalf of national and international donors, NGOs, universities and research institutes.
PTRO’s capacity-building and advocacy programme builds on our research and provides support in the form of training and networking to local shuras, provincial peace councils, local civil society organisations, women’s assemblies, youth groups, religious scholars and national and sub-national authorities in addressing issues related to conflict analysis, peace-building, good governance and development. Our research on Afghanistan’s Peace and Reintegration Programme (APRP), for example, has focused on assessing the role of women in the peace and reintegration programme and evaluating the success and impact of reintegrating former combatants into local communities. Our training work in relation to APRP, on the other hand, has focused on strengthening local capacity for conflict analysis, mediation and conflict resolution at the district and provincial levels.