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Across November and December 2020, the Bagri Foundation, one of Write Afghanistan's supporters, featured profiles and excerpts from works-in-progress from ten of the writers. Read more about the project here

Bilingual (Dari & English) proceedings from an international conference on “Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Afghanistan” held in Kabul in November 2014, organised by The University of Chicago, the US Embassy Kabul, the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University, and the Afghan Ministry of Information and Culture. The volume comprises both papers and summaries of the panel discussions held at the conference.

A truly extraordinary resource, comprising collections of historic photographs of Afghanistan, ranging from key events, portraits, cultural sites, customs and more. Created and managed by the Foundation Bibliotheca Afghanica, based in Switzerland, the initiative is supported by the Swiss Federal Office for Culture. As well as providing a resource for research, the project aims to raise awareness and contribute to strengthening Afghan national identity. .


Afghanistan Center at Kabul University ACKU serves as an information hub that collects and preserves documents about Afghanistan in digital and print format. At the same time, it focuses on promoting literacy and facilitating academic research

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AEPO is the largest educational radio program-making NGO in Afghanistan which produces  educational radio drama ( New Home, New Life) and educational feature programs for adults and children.


Aid Afghanistan for Education (AAE) provides education to marginalised Afghan women and girls over the age of ten, who are denied access to the formal education system.


Afghanistan Cultural Heritage Consulting Organization (ACHCO) is an apolitical, non-profit, cultural organisation which aims to contribute to the preservation of Afghanistan’s rich cultural heritage, with particular emphasis on historic monuments.

Pahar Mountains of Central Asia Digital Dataset has an extensive archive of material from Afghanistan, and the wider Central Asia region, including maps, photo collections, journals and more.


Cultural Property News contains an interesting overview of current programmes involved in the protection of Afghanistan's cultural monuments and sites, including the Buddhist Stupa at Shewaki, Kabul's Bala Hissar, the Musalla Complex's fifth minaret in Herat, and Mes Aynak. There's a short reading list at the end.

Afghanistan Digital Library According to its website, the library's immediate objective is to 'retrieve and restore the first sixty years of Afghanistan’s published cultural heritage. The project is collecting, cataloging, digitising, and making available over the Internet as many Afghan publications from the period 1871–1930 as it is possible to identify and locate'. Most of the publications in this archive are in Dari or Pashto.

Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) As explained on its website, AREU  is an independent research think tank based in Kabul. AREU’s mission is to inform policy and practice by conducting high-quality, evidence-based research and actively disseminating the results, and to promote a culture of research and learning.

The Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures at the University of Chicago has brought out a beautifully illustrated e-book on the treasures in the National Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul. Published in 2022, A History of Afghanistan in 100 Objects by Gil J. Stein,  Alejandro Gallego Lopez and M. Fahim Rahimi can be accessed through the Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures (ISAC) website. Follow this link for both the English and Dari versions.

Why Afghan Cultural Heritage Matters : On 7th December 2023, architect Jolyon Leslie gave a talk in London for the Afghanistan Society about Afghanistan's rich and diverse cultural heritage that, as it has through the ages, continues to provide communities across the country with a sense of identity and pride. Drawing on the experience of conservation initiatives in which he has been involved over many years, Jolyon made the case for the enduring relevance of cultural heritage in the lives of ordinary Afghans who, in many cases, remain the actual custodians of monuments and sites.

Jolyon's talk was followed by a discussion with the audience. Both his presentation and the discussion are featured in this video. Many thanks to Mariam Amini (camera) and Milad Yousofi (editor). Copyright 2023: The Afghanistan Society.

*Jolyon Leslie is an architect who has lived in Afghanistan since the late 1980s, working for the UN and NGOs in managing both humanitarian and development programmes. Together with Chris Johnson, he is co-author of 'Afghanistan: the Mirage of Peace' (2004, Zed). Since 2002, he has also been involved in cultural work and is currently assisting in the conservation of several historic monuments in the old city of Herat.

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