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Afghan youth are invited to apply for National Youth Jirga



Afghans for Progressive Thinking (APT) invites young Afghan between 18 to 28 ages who are passionate, dedicated and proactive leaders to participate in APT’s National Youth Jirga taking place in October 2019.

Grab the opportunity to exchange your ideas and make positive changes in society!




Currently, Afghanistan is in its closest time to reach a peace agreement as the peace negotiations move forward. If a peace agreement is established, a question will remain that what Afghanistan should look and what will be the role of youth?

To find out the answers, Afghans for Progressive Thinking (APT) is organizing National Youth Jirga focusing on youth’s perspectives about Afghanistan after the peace agreement.


Purpose and Structure


This conference will serve as a great opportunity for Afghan youth to exchange their ideas and share their perspectives on how they see the role of young people in the context of Afghanistan, once peace is established. In addition, it provides a platform for youth from across the country to build friendships and network amongst themselves.

This conference aims to gather youth from all 34 provinces of Afghanistan, government officials, Afghan media, civil society activists, and representatives of our international partners in Kabul.

The conference will be comprised of eight committees: Democracy, Good Governance, Women and Politics, Economic Development, Education, Strong Institutions, Gender Equality, and Youth and Politics. Each committee of this conference will be comprised of ten to twelve participants and each candidate will be assigned to a specific committee before the conference formally begins and he or she will be expected to conduct their research on the theme given to them.

On the conference day, the participants will start debating and discussing their findings with each other, and APT will assign one coach to facilitate each committee. At the end of the day, all committee members will also submit and present a policy paper. A team of panelists comprised of government officials, representatives of our international partners, representatives of universities, chairs, and representatives of APT will select and award the two best policy papers. In addition, these panelists will draw attention to how they can support the policy papers to meet their goals.




The expected outcome of this conference is to create a policy paper/statement on the role of young people in shaping the future of the country. In addition, the conference will also tackle the different expectations that youth have from the government and the civil society of Afghanistan once a peace agreement is signed with the Taliban. Finally, it is our hope that the program will also contribute to creating a solid network of friendships and relationships among the different participants.


How to Apply:


To successfully apply to this conference, the applicant must complete the attached application form and attach his/her CV, scanned version of the National ID Card/Tazkera, and a three-minute video, explaining your effective contribution to your community as an active youth.


Deadline of Application:


25 August 2019, 23:59 (Kabul time)


Details to be considered before applying


Eligibility criteria:           


  • Applicants must be from Afghanistan;
  • Applicants must be between 18 to 28 ages;
  • Applicants must be able to travel and stay in Kabul during the program;
  • Fluency in the English language is preferred;
  • Experience in social programs.


Important dates:


  • Application deadline: 25 August 2019, 23:59 (Kabul time)
  • Conference date: October (Only finalists will be updated)


Location: Kabul Afghanistan


This conference is fully funded and covers the following expenses:


  • Travel expenses
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Local transportation 


Do you meet the mentioned eligibility criteria? If yes, you are highly encouraged to apply through the below link: 


For any queries related to the application, please email at (nyc@apt.org.af).