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Introduction of Afghans for Progressive Thinking (APT) Organization

Afghans for Progressive Thinking (APT) is the largest youth-led professional organization that has members in 34 provinces of Afghanistan. APT works to promote youth leadership, education, and a culture of peace. Since its inception in 2010, APT activities have impacted and inspired over 40,000 youth and children to build a vision for a just and inclusive society and work as peacebuilder realizing this vision and contributing to positive changes in the community. Currently, APT runs 35 debate clubs in 35 public and private universities in Afghanistan. 

APT reaches its vision by focusing on three main areas:

  • Capacity building through debate and leadership development programs;

    Our debate activities build youth's and university students' critical thinking which enables them to challenge the stereotypes that people have about the younger generation. Our leadership program builds the competency of the youth to be Our leadership program equips and prepares students to exercise leadership in their communities and develop the necessary skills to become effective influencers in the Afghan society.
  • Research and advocacy through publications, conferences, and media talk shows;

    Our advocacy work creates space for youth to be involved in the decision-making process in politics and the peace processes in the most effective ways.
  • Networking through exposure trips within Afghanistan and abroad, and APT Alumni Community events.

APT’s exposure trips and alumni community events help youth from different backgrounds to connect and expand their network of young people at the frontlines of peace and security. 

In 2018, APT established an elementary school for internally displaced kids in Mazar Sharif. The school provides scholarships for 80 children, of which 50 are females, to study at this school.


APT, a member organization of UNOY peacebuilders, lobbied for UN Security Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace, and Security at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City until it was passed in 2015. As a follow-up to this historical document, APT initiated the annual Afghan Youth Representative to the UN program in 2018.  In 2018 and 2019, APT selected the first and second Afghan Youth Representatives to the UN who spoke about the role of youth in peace and security in the Security Council.

Last year, APT organized the National Youth Jirga that brought 100 youth representatives from 34 provinces of Afghanistan to discuss the Afghan peace process and Youth’s role in this process. The outcome of this Jirga was, drafting a resolution that focused on the role of young people in shaping the future of the country. The resolution was shared with the Afghan government and the international community. APT’s long-term goal is to take its message to the 34 provinces of Afghanistan by 2030.


To promote peace and critical thinking among youth and children in Afghanistan.

Core Values

Tolerance, openness, respect, integrity, responsibility, accountability, trust, teamwork, professionalism, excellence.