Culture and Sports for Social Cohesion and Sustainable Reintegration of Afghan Returnees and IDPs (Hamdeli)
As Afghanistan struggles towards stability and recovery with an increasingly young population, different ethnic groups remain mobile, facing potential risks and armed conflict. Considering the massive Afghan returnees from neighboring countries, this situation becomes even more critical. Against this backdrop, UNESCO and the European Union have embarked on a three-year project that promotes social cohesion and sustainable reintegration of Afghan returnees and IDPs through culture and sports.
The € 3 Million project aims to facilitate the social integration, social cohesion and peaceful co-existence of Internally Displaced People (IDPs), returnees and host communities in two major provinces in Afghanistan (Nangarhār and Herat). It proposes rights-based interventions that will engage youth through culture and sports, as a means to prevent violence and improve social re-integration. During the project, selected organizations will be provided with grants to implement various cultural and sports-related activities in different communities. Meanwhile, artictic and athletic achievements will be widely shared through public events. The expected outcome is that displaced youth from Nangarhār and Herat provinces will be better integrated into host communities through these actions.
This project fits within the overall policy and action framework prepared by Afghanistan’s Displacement and Returnees Executive Committee (DiREC) and has been endorsed by DiREC’s Steering Committee, co-chaired by the Afghan Government and the United Nations. It also falls within the framework of UNESCO’s Operational Strategy on Youth, and it is in line with the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, the International Charter of Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sport and UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security.
The present EU contribution is granted under the UNESCO Multi-Partner Trust Fund Programme (MPTF), which has been established by UNESCO and the Ministry of Finance of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in 2016 to develop cultural and creative industries.