PRSO’s publications are the output of the completed research and semi research projects. The digital versions of our publications and studies are available for download free-of-charge. PRSO publishes the research and semi research work under the following headings:


  • Does Exposure to Corruption Increase Sympathy for Armed Opposition Groups in Afghanistan?
    Afghanistan’s National Unity Government (NUG) leaders declared their intention to curb corruption during their presidential campaigns, and since the election, have emphasized that combating with the corruption is one of their top priorities. Read more…
  • Ignored Identities: Status of Hindus and Sikhs In Afghanistan's Legal System
    Since the second half of the 20th century, human rights have gained critical significance, at least their ethical aspect, at both the national and international level. It is arguably the dominant discourse of our time. Today, any political regime that is not committed to human rights values is considered illegitimate because human rights constitute the parameter of evaluating state legitimacy both domestically and internationally. As a result, most countries have included human rights provisions in their Constitution and are committed to support and respect them. Read more…



  • Survey Of The Afghan Hindus & Sikhs
  • Exploring Afghanistan's Forgotten & Vulnerable Local Dances - 2019
    In the past half a century, the loss of Afghanistan cultural heritage has been one of the most severe repercussions of the war for the country. The vulnerable nation state repeatedly fell prey to war, which has been detrimental to the country’s cultural heritage. At a time when people’ memory of their culture was fading, museums were being looted and destroyed. Read More…
  • Leishmaniasis Report 2017
    Shahrak-e-Itefaq – a densely populated area in district 13 of Kabul, has been affected by Leshmaniasis since 2014. No serious intervention has been undertaken by any national or international organizations to address this issue. In 2016 PRSO undertook a volunteer field research to study the extent of the disease to inform policy makers and active health organizations. Despite the findings of the research which shows a shocking health issue, no significant progress has been made to alleviate the disease. This paper presents a follow up research to understand perceptions on factors causing Leishmaniasis outbreak in the Shahrak-e-Itefaqunderstand the current effort (from community and government) to diagnose, treat and control Leishmaniasis, and to shed light on Leishmaniasis outbreak’s health, socio-economic implication on residents’ livelihoods. Read the full report here
  • Lashmaniasis Outbreak in Kabul: Case Study of 13th District
    Porsesh Research and Studies Organization (PRSO) presented the research findings on “Lashmaniasis outbreak in Kabul: (2016) case study of 13 district” in an event at Ibn-e Sina University, on 12 June, 2016.In this event, stakeholders from various organizations, including the Lashmaniasis Hospital, the affected community representatives, academia and the media participated and commented on the findings of the research. PRSO described the research in two sections. In the first section the approach of the research, being from a social science approach and the research objectives and methodology was elaborated by Ehsan Shayagan and in the second section the findings was presented by Jawed Nazari, PRSO research board members. Read more…
  • Factors Associated with Afghanistan’s Child Marriages
    Afghanistan is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a woman. Contributing factors include different forms of gender-based violence, poor education, limited access to healthcare, and not being allowed outside the home. Sadly, many Afghan women also face forced child marriage—despite it being illegal.
    A significant amount of research confirms that child marriages undermine girls’ participation in decision-making, educational attainment, and labor force participation, and leave them vulnerable to violence and health risks throughout their life. Furthermore, these risks can be transferred to their children, leading to an intergenerational effect—impacting their children’s education, nutrition, and health Read more…
  • Kabul Voters' Perception Survey: Parliamentary Election 2018
    Porsesh Research and Studies Organization (PRSO) in partnership with Atarud Training and Research Organization for Development dispatched a team of 23 field surveyors on the election days (October 20 and 21) to different zones of Kabul city to gather voters’ perception toward vital aspects of the election process including level of voters trust on the bio-metric system. Read More…

Policy Briefs

  • One Year On; The Plight of Afghan Hindus and Sikhs Continues
    Repeated attacks, endemic societal discriminations, abductions, and frequent violence have pushed Afghan Sikhs and Hindus into a very precarious and fragile state after the March 2020 Gurudwara attack. This policy brief highlights the prevalence of violence and marginalization of these communities in Afghanistan and its impact in relation to the exodus of these communities from the country. It further examines the Afghan government’s response to such catastrophes.   Read More…

Book Reviews

Seyla Benhabib, The Rights of Others; Aliens, Residents and Citizens, New York, Cambridge University Press, 2004

In this book, Seyla Habib is concerned with the issue of political membership of non-citizens; refugees, migrants and asylum seekers in a post-national global world. Read more


Today, Poverty, Unemployment, and Climate issue are the main challenges for governments in different parts of the world regardless of their development status. To address this, for many years, it has been a top priority of the governments, the United Nation, and other international Non-profit organizations to mitigate them from the world or at least minimize them. Read more

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