The key to a strong democracy is engaged, informed citizens, who have a decisive say in who governs a country and how they govern it. In 2013, USAID awarded Counterpart International, and implementing partners Internews Network, the International Center for Not-for-profit Law (ICNL), and the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), $70 million to implement the five-year Afghan Civic Engagement Program (ACEP), with the goal of enabling Afghan citizens to influence policy, monitor government accountability, and serve as advocates for political reform through civil society development and media engagement.

Counterpart and its partners share a vision in which every citizen can enjoy economic, social, cultural, civil, and political rights and are equally able to secure better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities.  This means everyone is equally able to access quality education and health care; accumulate and control their own economic assets and resources; exercise their own voice; and live free from intimidation, harassment, discrimination, and violence.

In 2018, Counterpart and USAID agreed to a one-year extension for ACEP, with an additional focus on expanding civic and voter education during the October 2018 parliamentary elections and the 2019 presidential election.

ACEP is proud to share a short video to raise awareness about the voter registration and elections process in Afghanistan.

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