Afghan Civil Society Forum
The Afghan Civil Society Forum (ACSF) "was developed as partnership between Afghan civil society actors and swisspeace at the request of 76 participants of the first Afghan Civil Society Conference in Bad Honnef, Germany (29 November - 2 December 2001). This conference was facilitated by swisspeace parallel to the meeting of political representatives organized by the UN at Petersberg near Bonn . The goal of the conference was to involve Afghan civil society in the peace and reconstruction process of their country in order to achieve a more sustainable post-conflict reconstruction than a simple top-down approach. The Afghan Civil Society Forum began its activities at the beginning of February 2002 after initial funds from the Swiss and German government were secured. The ACSF Office in Kabul was opened two months later in May 2002."