Afghan Youth Project of IPU Berlin publishes Research Report
Young people make up two thirds of the Afghan population. In a new report by an international IPU research project they are given a voice and report on their perspective on the present state and possible future of their country. The report is based on an innovative empirical-qualitative and participatory research design that includes biographically oriented interviews, projective essays and drawings representing the inner and outer worlds of the Afghan youth.
The international research project „The Afghan Youth Project“ at the IPU Berlin has published a report in which central results of research with young people from Afghanistan are presented. In the light of increasing everyday violence, existential insecurity and a lack of perspectives in Afghanistan, the project makes an important contribution to shaping the country’s future and its international role.
The report is based on an innovative empirical-qualitative and participatory research design that includes biographically oriented interviews, projective essays and drawings representing the inner and outer worlds of the Afghan youth. More than 220 young people from the provinces of Kunduz, Balkh and Kabul have contributed. They represent the voices of the youth who see themselves as the „future makers“ of Afghanistan. Selected results of the project are presented in order to provide an insight into the extensive and profound empirical material gathered, which is unique in Germany in terms of depth and reach.
The Afghan Youth Project is led by Prof. Dr. Phil Langer, who teaches social psychology and social psychiatry at the IPU Berlin. He emphasizes: „The young generation is central to social and political change towards more peace and opportunities for the future in Afghanistan. Young people make up two thirds of the population but are severely underrepresented in political and public debates – and also in research.”
The report, entitled „Glimpses of Hope in the Shadow of War“, explores the following research questions: How do young people in Afghanistan deal with their extensive experiences of everyday violence? What is their idea of a future „other“ Afghanistan? What contribution do they think they can make to social and political change in their country?
The research report is openly accessible to any interested party free of charge. In addition to project leader Phil Langer, researchers Aisha-Nusrat Ahmad, Ulrike Auge and Khesraw Majidi co-authored the report. The project was funded by the German Foundation for Peace Research (2016-2017) and the Foundation for Analytical Psychiatry (2018-2019).
Contact for scientific information:
Prof. Dr. Phil C. Langer
Psychoanalytic Social Psychology and Social Psychiatry
Stromstr. 3b - Room 1.03
Tel.: +49 30 300 117-758
Langer, P. C., Ahmad, A.-N., Auge, U., & Majidi, K. (2019). Glimpses of Hope in the Shadow of War: The Afghan Youth Project. A report on selected research results and policy implications. Berlin: International Psychoanalytic University.