The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) is Afghanistan’s first private, not-for-profit institution of higher learning. Chartered in 2004, AUAF offers an MBA program, four undergraduate degree programs, and continuing education and professional development training. RLS supports legal education in Afghanistan, and has contributed to the AUAF internship program.
In order to establish anti-corruption guidelines for lawyers of the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association (AIBA), RLS provided anti-corruption consultancy together with the Afghan-German Cooperation, in particular the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. AIBA promotes and protects the rule of law and social justice in Afghanistan.
The Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) is a division of the United States Department of Commerce that helps achieve foreign policy goals in developing and post-conflict countries through commercial legal reforms. RLS has contributed to the CLDP internship program, the contracts competition, and the moot court competition, and continues to support their programs in Afghanistan.
The ECI is an independent, not-for-profit UK-registered charity that supports children in need or at risk in Afghanistan, focusing on disabled and abandoned children or those at risk of abandonment, in order to improve their quality of life and help them reach their full potential. RLS provides volunteer and financial support to ECI.
The Founder’s Institute is an “idea-stage accelerator” and startup launch program, whose aim is to help talented and motivated aspiring entrepreneurs to launch successful companies. The organization provides a structured process, feedback and evaluation from expert mentors, and a global network of entrepreneurs. RLS associates serve as mentors in the program.
You can learn more about the Founder’s Institute here: http://fi.co/
Free to Run
Free to Run (FTR) is an NGO that uses running, fitness, and adventure to empower and educate women and girls from conflict-affected communities where repressive gender roles have prevented girls from playing sports, exercising, or sometimes even leaving their homes. FTR provides sports programs for girls in Kabul, and organizes the Bamiyan marathon, Afghanistan’s first co-ed road race. RLS supports FTR programs through fundraising, most recently in conjunction with the New York City marathon.
Model United Nations is a simulation of the United Nations General Assembly or other UN bodies, which aims to introduce students to the world of global diplomacy and negotiation. Kabul Model United Nations was established in 2015 by young Afghan leaders interested in bringing together students and young professionals around the practice of diplomacy and current global issues. RLS supported the first conference of the Kabul Model United Nations, which took place in October 2016.
The mission of the Zwan Family Charity is to educate and create healthy and happy communities by connecting impoverished Afghans with needed medical education and treatment. The Charity works with orphanages and individuals who cannot afford routine and complex medical care. RLS assisted the Charity in its vaccination drive at the Shamsa Orphanage.