Capacity Building and Mentorship Project

Rise to Peace

The Capacity Building and Mentorship Project is needed because…

Those who know the loss and instability caused by terrorism and violent extremism in Afghanistan best are those who experience it firsthand. The young people of Afghanistan whose lives have been shaped by violence and unrest should be given the opportunity to play a greater role in our common efforts to better understand the dynamics of violent extremism and how to counter it. Empowering young academics throughout Afghanistan to share their unique personal insights into the threat of violent extremism and their prospective solutions to counter it is an important step towards finding a durable resolution to prolonged violence in the country.

Currently, we are working in Afghanistan with educational institutions, primarily Kabul University, Balkh University and Badakhshan University to empower promising youth and women through a series of educational efforts focused on making Afghanistan a more prosperous and peaceful place.

Our Areas of Focus

  • Capacity Building: resume and cover letter services, technical writing (op-eds, research articles) and workshops
  • Gender-Based Violence campaigns, seminars, and engagements
  • Community Resiliency
  • Research Projects: The Afghan Peace Process, The Role of Afghan Women in the Peace Process

Our Partners

We will work with tribal elders and government officials to successfully accomplish our goals inherent in this effort.

This past June, we opened a local office in Kabul, Afghanistan to act as the center of strategic thinking and research, where diverse scholars research, analyze and assist the U.S. and Afghan government with policy recommendations. Our team of field researchers conducted over 60 one-on-one interviews with senior Afghan officials, including the former president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, civil society organizations, local elders, and members of the Taliban to gain a better understanding towards an ideal approach to ending 40 years of fighting within the country.

We work closely with media and news outlets to spread the message of kindness, peace, and tolerance across Afghanistan. We have close partnerships with Afghanistan’s premier news services, including TOLONews, where our team of experts regularly comment, analyze and offer recommendations on all things in Afghanistan.

In Afghanistan, we have conducted research, both field and academic, that has been broadcasted and published throughout the country and in the United States, to better help policymakers understand the main challenges associated with the Afghan war.


On June 27, 2018, Rise to Peace held one of the largest peace symposiums in Kabul where experts from parliament, academia, civil society, and the High Peace Council examined the current situation, including the peace talks, presidential elections, proxy wars, corruption, and other relevant issues impacting peace in Afghanistan, and provided recommendations on how to properly and effectively deal with these challenges.

How to Support?

Rise to Peace seeks to partner with more universities and high schools across the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to empower promising youth to become scholars in the field of countering violent extremism, gender-based violence, and peacebuilding. If you are interested in supporting this project, please contact us via email at hello@risetopeace.org