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Afghans’ belief in reconciliation slightly up: Survey

Afghans’ belief in reconciliation slightly up: Survey

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Dec 04, 2018 - 16:53

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The belief of Afghans in possible reconciliation between the government and the Talibaninfo-icon insurgents has slight increased, as well as their confidence regarding security, rebuilding, governance and economy, a survey has found.

But the Afghans continued to be concerned about the economic situation of their households and Afghanistaninfo-icon as a whole, found the 14th annual Survey of the Afghan People (SAP) by the Asia Foundation – Afghanistan with support of the US Agency for International Development (USAIDinfo-icon),.

The survey gathered opinions of more than 100,000 Afghan adults across the country regarding elections, corruption, security, womeninfo-icon’s rights, service delivery, the economy, migrationinfo-icon, and peace and reconciliation.

The 2018 SAP reveals some improvements in confidence of the Afghan people regarding security, rebuilding, governance, women rights and the economy.

The percentage of Afghans who believe that reconciliation between the Afghan government and the Taliban is possible has increased slightly by 1.1 percentage points compared to 2017.

This year, the number of Afghans who believed their country was moving in the right direction was the same as last year (32.8%). Similarly, there was little difference between the number of Afghans this year who say the country is moving in the wrong direction (61.3%) and last year (61.2%).

The findings show that Afghans continue to be concerned about the economic situation of their households and Afghanistan as a whole.

Among those Afghans who think the country is moving in the wrong direction, a majority express concerns about such things as unemployment (23.7%), a bad economy (12.1%), high prices (3.6%), and other economic issues.

When asked about the biggest problems facing youth, more than three-fourths of all respondents (78.4%) cite economic concerns.

USAID Acting Mission Director, Jeff Cohen, said: “This year’s survey shows that in the face of a myriad of challenges, the Afghan people continue to demonstrate resilience. The United States, through USAID, will continue to assist with the challenges that matter most.”

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