Headquartered in Kabul, Afghanistan, the Centre for Conflict and Peace Studies (CAPS) is an independent research and advocacy centre dedicated to the creation of a sustainable environment that can support peace and stability in Afghanistan. Since 2006, CAPS has been a leader in civic engagement, conducting action-oriented research aimed at influencing policy-makers in key areas such as state building, governance, narcotics, conflict resolution and peacebuilding.
Though the Centre for Conflict and Peace Studies was originally formed as a research institution, today CAPS has become a leader in advocacy and education in addition to its continual research and policy engagement.
Recognizing a deficiency in the availability of legal aid, CAPS established a Legal Department in 2009 in order to provide pro bono defense counsel to a number of detainees. As of 2013, the CAPS Legal Team operates offices in Kabul, Helmand, Kandahar, Parwan and Khost provinces to help ensure all Afghans have access to this critical constitutional right. To date, the CAPS Legal Department has served over 2100 clients across Afghanistan.
In addition, CAPSs commitment to peace advocacy has taken root in the Youth Peace Movement and Empowerment Center (YPMEC). Located in Lashkar Gah, YPMEC provides supplementary education in Concor, the university entry exam, computer literacy, and English language to over 1900 boys and girls between the ages of 14-24. YPMEC also regularly hosts leadership and conflict mediation seminars to help strengthen capacity of Afghanistans next generation. Now in its second phase, YPMEC has established Leadership Shuras and selected individuals to serve as Ambassadors of Peace in their communities. YPMEC has become a pillar of Helmand society, and continues to give young people in the province the education, skills, and opportunities they need to participate and positively impact their communities.