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Neither heat nor gloom … Afghan post office delivers

Neither heat nor gloom … Afghan post office delivers

This piece was written by Tom A. Peter and published by The Christian Science Monitor. As the Afghan government struggles to develop, the post office has quietly managed to become one of the nation’s most efficient institutions [...]

INSPIRE:  Kabul at Work – A multi-media portrait of a city and its people

INSPIRE: Kabul at Work – A multi-media portrait of a city and its people

(COURTESY 4TH EDITION EFGA) The subjects are diverse – from the conventional to the bizarre – but each adds insight to an ever-growing tableau of the life of a city that has been at war for [...]

INSPIRE:  Barbur Gardens – A Case Study for Culture Making A Difference

INSPIRE: Barbur Gardens – A Case Study for Culture Making A Difference

(COURTESY 4TH EDITION EFGA) Afghanistan’s needs are so immediate and overpowering that it might be tempting to rank cultural issues relatively low on the list of national development priorities. The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is [...]

INSPIRE:  The Afghan Oprah

INSPIRE: The Afghan Oprah

(COURTESY 4TH EDITION EFGA) Her name means Good News, she is one of Afghanistan’s best known pop singers, and has performed for the Obamas at the White House. But Afghan singer Mozdah Jamalzadah is best known [...]

INSPIRE:  Rebuilding Afghanistan, One Book at a Time

INSPIRE: Rebuilding Afghanistan, One Book at a Time

(COURTESY 4TH EDITION EFGA) While the past decade of international recovery has helped send over seven million Afghan children back to school, what is often forgotten is that this is not good enough. Ordinary Afghans, whether [...]

IN MEMORIUM: Voice of Peace Stilled, But Inspiration to Others

IN MEMORIUM: Voice of Peace Stilled, But Inspiration to Others

Zakia Zaki was an inspiration to women journalists all over Afghanistan. A strong figure who headed Afghanistan’s first post-Taliban radio station, Sada-e- Solh (Voice of Peace), located on the outskirts of Jabal-e-Saraj at the foot of [...]

INSPIRE: Urban Regeneration — Saving Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage

 (COURTESY 4TH EDITION EFGA) During the brutal ‘Battle for Kabul’ of the early 1990s, when thousands of residents were killed and wounded, whole swathes of the city were turned to Dresden-like rubble. This included parts of [...]

INSPIRE: What Comes Before the Chicken and the Egg?

(COURTESY 4TH EDITION EFGA) Three decades of conflict have destroyed food supply chains as well as virtually eliminated the skills needed to keep them running.  Eggs can be produced anywhere, but until a few years ago, [...]

INSPIRE:  Peace Through Fun and Sports

INSPIRE: Peace Through Fun and Sports

 (COURTESY 4TH EDITION EFGA) When dealing with refugees and war-torn societies, it is easy to forget that people need more than just food and shelter. They also need to express themselves. Sports and recreational activities bring communities together. [...]