Cross Border Dialogue
Project:Workshops to produce media content, encourage networking and foster commonalities between media producers in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan.
Production Runtime:April 2012 – Dec 2013
Partners:German Federal Foreign Office, Friedrich Ebert Foundation
In 2012, the Afghanistan Today website went international, launching cross-border projects in Tajikistan and Pakistan. Workshops, normally organised in Kabul, were also held in Islamabad and Dushanbe. There is international recognition that Afghanistan’s long-term development depends on stable and productive relationships with its neighbours Twenty authors produced jointly written features on largely overlooked topics of fundamental importance to the countries, overcoming political and historical differences to find common themes through shared language.
In the Afghanistan-Tajikistan series, ten Afghan and ten Tajik reporters covered everything from shared energy concerns to cross-border terrorism, migration and locust plagues. The Afghanistan-Pakistan group delved into life along the world’s most dangerous border, the Durand Line, reporting on secret Taliban corridors, the anguish of drone strike victims, the legacy of Malala and the rise of women journalists.