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Asia Foundation: Afghanistan in 2010: A Survey of the Afghan People

November 11, 2010

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Published by the Asia Foundation, this survey of roughly 6500 Afghans in all thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan and expert analysis of the results presents a comprehensive overview of national perceptions in a number of key policy areas, including security, economy, governance,
democratic values, and women and society.

2010 has been a critical year in and for Afghanistan. The 12 months since the last survey have been filled with historic events and significant challenges. Aiming to provide policy makers and influential actors in government, civil society, the international community, and the broader Afghan citizenry with useful, actionable information, the 2010 Survey of the Afghan People presents a comprehensive overview of national perceptions in a number of key policy areas, including security, economy, governance, democratic values, and women and society. Expanding from its limited scope in 2004, and building upon previous surveys conducted in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009, the 2010 survey continued tracking core areas of interests, while also adapting the questionnaire to the current landscape and strengthening methodology to address current constraints and challenges. The survey’s value is in its consistent reliability in measuring public perception systematically in each passing year, making it an important public policy tool and “snapshot” barometer of public opinion in Afghanistan.

The 2010 survey, like the previous ones, employed a standard questionnaire designed to solicit actionable responses from typical Afghans which would prove useful to policy makers, social researchers, as well as donor organizations in their own assessments and planning. In addition to core tracking questions included in the questionnaire since the survey’s initial inception in 2004, The Asia Foundation consulted experts, stakeholders, and donors for review and suggestions for new assessment elements in 2010. This is reflected in the survey through a greater emphasis placed on the areas of sub-national governance, economy and development, women and society, and democratic values.

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