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What does ACS stand for?

ACS stands for Afghan Civil Society

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While the number of registered Afghan Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and informal civic groups has expanded dramatically in recent years, the capacity and performance of the vast majority of these CSOs has not evolved to the stage where it includes popular public support. Additionally, the population at large has little understanding of the role that CSOs play in the new democratic government of the country.
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Women face disproportionate obstacles to political participation, including a lack of female election monitors, low access to election information, non-refundable deposits for candidate registration and the repeal of protections for female representation in the National Assembly. In response to increasing pressure on the government to fulfill commitments such as the Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework (TMAF) and the Afghan government’s National Priority Programs (NPPs), avenues of political participation have emerged at the national level. To build on those opportunities, the Afghan Civic Engagement Program (ACEP) strengthens links between sector-specific civil society organizations (CSOs) to facilitate advocacy and increase accountability of local and national level government. This approach was successfully used with Counterpart’s prior projects, the Initiative to Promote Afghan Civil Society.