The Afghanistan Justice Organization (AJO) is an Afghan-led, non-profit, and non-partisan organization promotes democracy, governance and rule of law through project design and management, project performance and evaluation, training and capacity development, policy research and analysis, and public awareness campaigns and advocacy.
AJO is governed by the board of directors and managed by its executive team. The current team consists of a President, Vice President for Program Management and Operation, and departments include Project Design & Management, Communications, Strategic Studies, Capacity Building and Training, Performance Evaluation, Evidence Based Research, Public Awareness and Advocacy, Information Technology, Finance and Procurement, and Human Resources.
The management has combined experience of 20 years in Afghanistan alone. AJO’s leadership consists of Afghan-American lawyer, former judges and prosecutors, professors, radio and television personalities, journalists, and monitoring and evaluation specialists.
Since 2011, AJO has implemented projects including capacity building and institutional reform of the government and non-government institutions including justice institutions and law enforcements, the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association. Conducted pubic awareness and advocacy campaigns, organized and conducted exchange programs to Turkey, Tunisia, Egypt and India, and trained more than 500 judges, prosecutors, defense lawyers, police, mullahs, real estate agents, money exchange and hawla owners and the members of the FinTraca on various substantive and procedural laws including Anti-Corruption, anti-money laundering, anti-terrorism and financing of terrorism, and the criminal procedure code.
AJO has held many conferences, seminars and workshops on a variety of topics to raise public awareness and engagement including women’s participation in the peace process, Access to Information Law, use of children as suicide bombers, and fighting corruption of which some conferences were organized in collaboration and cooperation with the regional institutions in held in Kabul, Islamabad, Delhi and Sri Lanka. AJO also conducted surveys, research, and public opinion polls throughout Afghanistan. Wrote and published policy briefs, analytical reports, book chapter, and books on countering terrorism and countering violent extremism, transitional justice, human security, and anti and counter corruption. AJO funded partners include the United Kingdom, the European Union, and the United States.
Our Focus Areas
In order to promote democracy, governance, and rule of law, AJO focuses on building and reforming institutions and individuals on governance including training and adoption of anti and counter corruption measures, anti-money laundering, financing of terrorism, and reforming and advocating for the adoption of laws promoting democracy such as access to information, freedom of the press, whistleblower laws, class action, and public interest litigation. As a cross-cutting issue, AJO includes in every project the promotion of gender balance and opportunity to participate as outlined in the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS) and the National Priority Programs (NPP).
Rule of Law and Justice: Axiomatic of today's long-term, sustainable economic and social development is the building of democratic governance rooted in the rule of law. AJO provides mentoring, training and monitoring services to the justice sectors for its clients. AJO provides legal training to the justice sector professionals including the judiciary and law enforcement as well as other line ministries, and empowers citizen and civil societies to hold government institutions accountable to the public.
Countering Violent Extremism (CVE): A major aim of international intervention (at times militarily) is to destroy or prevent terrorism throughout the world. An aspect of the counter-insurgency efforts is to combat Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), and financing of terrorism. To accomplish this, AJO is committed to providing effective, sustainable and measurable change across the spectrum of conflict and post-conflict environments. AJO provides programs in de-radicalization and counter-narrative as well as mentoring and training law enforcement (police and prosecutors) on skills necessary to successfully prosecute terrorists and seize assets.
Combating Corruption: Corruption is undoubtedly a symptom and an outcome of a weak government with potential adverse effects on a country's economy, public trust in the institutions, and respect for the rule of law. It encompasses abuses by government officials such as embezzlement and nepotism, as well as abuses linking public and private actors such as bribery, extortion, influence peddling, and fraud. Corruption in conflict and post-conflict countries takes on an array of forms including predatory, petty and percentage. AJO's experience in this field requires designing unique program for each situation that involves government buy-in, engagement of a variety of stakeholders, and public campaign.
Public Campaign and Outreach: AJO draws upon its experience of successful public campaigns to ensure that delivery of project reaches the intended audiences. AJO is an expert in designing and implementing strategic, research-based public outreach campaigns. AJO utilizes print, broadcast and social media to ensure citizen awareness and participation including reaching out to civil societies and activists. AJO also conducts exchange programs, study tours, conferences, and workshops for public awareness and advocacy campaigns.
Capacity Building and Mentoring: Building institutional capacity is the corner stone part of peace building efforts in conflict and post-conflict states; otherwise, the inability of the state to deliver basic services will keep the state in that fragility. A robust capacity building program is necessary to build the institutional capacity of the state enabling it to provide basic services, a channel for citizens to redress a wrong, and bring legitimacy to the state institutions and respect for the rule of law. AJO implements capacity building projects using a unique methodology in this field and has subject matter experts in Anti-Corruption, Anti-Terrorism, Anti-Money Laundering, and Counter-Narcotics. AJO recruits experts based on project needs as part of its practice.
Millennium Development LLC (MD)
Millennium Development (MD) is a Virginia Limited Liability Company established in July 2012 with the sole purpose of providing groundbreaking solutions to institutional and political challenges in conflict and post-conflict countries. MD is an expert in governance programming with a focus on addressing rule of law and justice and peace-building. Those experiences equipped MD to find unique solutions to complex issues and collaborate with wide range of stakeholders, beneficiaries and donors often under difficult circumstances. MD's delivery model features flexibility, cost management and controls, utilization of local expertise, safety and security, and a robust monitoring and evaluation program reporting on results.
Afghan Zariza (AZ)
The Afghan Zariza (Millennium) is designed to inform, educate, and engage young generation inside and outside Afghanistan. The Zariza's goal is to empower Afghans to create better future through knowledge and actionable, positive and uplifting reporting and news. The Afghan Zariza is served by more than 15 journalists, reporters and editors throughout Afghanistan, and receives contents from academics, professionals and analysts around the world. Zariza has already established Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and YouTube accounts which it intends to heavily use to promote its website and magazine.
Afghanistan Law Library (ALL)
ALL is an electronic tool allowing you to find Afghan Laws. It is designed to meet the specific needs of the judges, prosecutors, defense lawyers, law and Sharia professors and students, the larger business community both domestic and internationals who are investing or are already in Afghanistan, international lawyers, and academics. Afghan Laws provides online legal research, continuing legal education by introducing new laws, laws amended, legislative tracking and litigation forms and shares knowledge through a discussion portal for its users.
Our Core Values
- Rule of Law
- Individual Liberty
- Free Market
What We Do
Project Design and Management
Project management has been proven to be the most effective method of delivering products within cost, schedule, and resource constraints. AJO project team designs and manages projects in coordination with other departmental expertise. The projects are planned to ensure the projects are completed on time and on budget while giving the donor the product they expect. AJO project design and management team identify and manage the work scope, build a work breakdown structure, create a project plan, create the project budget, define and allocate resources, manage the project development, identify and manage risks, and understand the project procurement process.
Project Performance and Evaluation
Our M&E department is responsible to conduct assessments, surveys researches and monitoring & evaluation of the projects. The department works in tandem with project implementation teams in developing the entire cycle of the projects.
Training and Capacity Development
AJO provides capacity building and training to the formal justice sector professionals, law enforcement agencies and defense lawyers, conducting research and analysis, publishing findings, and holding seminars and symposiums on major legal, economic and social issues of significance to the Afghan people and the government.
The Strategic Studies Research (SSR) aims to promote public awareness in Afghanistan through timely research, policy analysis, seminars, conferences, roundtables, exchange programs and study tours, book and policy briefs publications, media engagement on political, social, economic and security issues affecting Afghanistan and the region. Under SSR, AJO conducts surveys (qualitative and quantitative) to better understand the landscape and to provide valuable data for the broader research and analysis.
Public Awareness and Advocacy
AJO's public campaign is managed by the Afghan Zariza (Millennium) department consist of journalists and editors, professional photographers, graphic designers, web-developers, and cartoonist all working together to develop positive and uplifting stories and reporting to inform, educate and engage Afghans and the international community. The Afghan Zariza is a monthly magazine both print and web-based (www.afghanzariza.com) news updated daily in three languages (Dari, Pashtu, and English). AJO has extensive reach to organize and conduct roundtables, interviews, press conferences and so on and to engage the media. Public awareness is a significant element of our programs and helps disseminate vital information to public.
- Afghanistan Civil Society Forum (ACSF)
- Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC)
- Regional Center for Strategic Studies (RCSS)
- Consortium of South Asian Think Tanks (COSATT)