About the Afghanistan Relief Plan (ARP)

The Afghanistan Relief Plan (ARP) was founded in 2021 in Berlin by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy. The ARP understands that in an increasingly conflicted world, in which countries and regions are unable to solve long term disputes on their own, it is becoming crucially important to discover and actively support relief plans for the regions in new forms and ways. The ARP primary activity is therefore to initiate and support new relief initiatives for the Afghan people.

One of the objectives of the ARP is to extend current information and research about the situation in Afghanistan and create a platform to be used by the international community. In addition to promoting relief for Afghan people through its own initiatives, the ARP also promotes relief, by actively supporting the work that is already being done in this area by other organizations.

Leadership & Board

Mohammed Haneef Atmar

President of the Afghanistan Relief Plan

Suraya Dalil

Former Minister of Public Health & Senior Advisor to WHO

Shinkay Karrokhail

Former Afghan Ambassador to Canada and a Parliamentarian

Habiba Surabi

Former Afghan Minister of Women Affairs & Member of the Peace Negotiating Team

Wais Barmak

Former Afghan Minister of Interior

Shakir Kargar

Former Afghan Minister of Commerce & Chief of Staff of the Presidency

Khwaja Omari

Former Afghan Minister of Higher Education

“It is such a pleasure and honor to be at this very prestigious institution of this modern cultural diplomacy, something that we badly need these days in Afghanistan and in our region. People, countries, actors, networks, they have interests; and where are interests there are always conflicts. Resolving conflicts through diplomacy, and cultural diplomacy, is the art of any nation, of any nation-state, to apply and secure the future of their people and their countries. And this art needs to be learnt; and this art is definitely what we should apply to a situation like that in our region.

So I’m hoping to work between the Afghan actors and institutions and this incredible institution to work together and look at ideas that maybe apply to this current situation in Afghanistan. These ideas will have to build and sustain a consensus, not only among Afghans but also within our region and the international community whose interests and desires actually affect Afghanistan.”

Thank you.
Mohammed Haneef Atmar