Mission and goals
PTRO’s aim is to apply rigorous research and learning to the challenge of conflict in Afghanistan at the local level. Through research programmes, they produce extensive and in-depth knowledge on the local social, political, and economic dynamics that lead to conflict. PTRO's peacebuilding activities attempt to build on this local knowledge base, enhancing the capacity of local informal justice providers to resolve disputes effectively, improving the work of local civil society organisations around peace and conflict issues, and providing training to both INGOs and donors on conflict sensitivity. PTRO attempts to find novel approaches to peace-building challenges, including building the capacity of communities to be able to autonomously and effectively deal with conflict and security issues.
Through PTRO's rule of law projects, they have trained hundreds of local informal justice actors, community members, and formal justice representatives to achieve more effective legal outcomes for communities throughout the country. PTRO's research projects have produced a number of well-regarded and in-depth papers, informing policy at both the national and international levels.