The Afghan government must make urgent reforms to protect civilians from harm caused by its own security forces, according to a report released by the Center for Civilians in Conflict, formerly known as CIVIC. The report, Caring for Their Own: A Stronger Afghan Response to Civilian Harm , found that the Afghan government is ill-equipped to conduct thorough investigations of civilian casualties, and has often failed to award condolence payments to the families of victims.
Rockefeller Brothers Fund grantee Crisis Action, Inc. is one of seven winners of the Skoll Foundation's 2013 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship, which was announced on December 20, 2012. Chosen from hundreds of applicants, Crisis Action is being recognized for its far-reaching impact on peace and human security practices across continents.
The Arab Human Rights Fund was recognized as the regional foundation of the year at the Middle East Philanthropy Awards on December 9, 2012. Launched this year by Campden Wealth and the Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, the awards highlight the cultural and social philanthropic efforts of individuals, organizations, and initiatives in the Arab region of the Middle East.
While international sanctions against Iran have slowed the expansion of its nuclear program, they also have complicated geopolitical relations for the United States. The Iran Project, a Rockefeller Brothers Fund grantee, offers more analysis of the benefits and consequences of imposing sanctions against the country in the second of its series of reports on relations with Iran.
Issues around natural resources in Afghanistan are a major driver of conflict in the country, according to a new study published by Afghanistan Watch, an RBF grantee. The report details situations involving land, water, mining, and timber. According to the report author, Renard Sexton, the natural resources sector has been overlooked as a driver of conflict, and policymakers should focus on allocating the division of these resources to help stabilize Afghanistan.