Creating a Responsible Business Coalition

Following the Hollings Center dialogue Profits to Peace, a small grant was awarded to consider the formation of a business coalition in the Greater Mediterranean that would promote positive peace goals in a region beset by multiple conflicts. This is the report of a roundtable meeting on creating that coalition, which took place on November…

Oregon & Tunisia Farm-to-School Exchange

In October 2018, the Hollings Center sponsored a small grant that created an exchange program between representatives of Tunisia and the U.S. state of Oregon to compare best practices for Farm to School Food Programs.  Led by grantees Andy Fisher, Amy Gilroy, and Maria Lukyanova, officials from both countries had an opportunity to share insights…

Fashion Beyond Borders: Project Peace Runway

Peace Runway is a project by Women’s Digital League in partnership with Aghaez Professional Services and supported by Hollings Center for International Dialogue and US Embassy Kabul. For more information on the project: http://peacerunway.com. Peace Runway was attended by over 130 people from different walks of life ranging from media personnel, to MNC professionals, bureaucrats, individuals…

imPACT Conference Highlights

The Social Innovation Lab (SIL) in partnership with AGHAEZ professional services, hosted the impACT Islamabad International Conference, a three day conference that provided an open platform to budding social entrepreneurs from Afghanistan and Pakistan to learn from each other and co-design projects with traditional stakeholders to support the attainment of the sustainable development goals (SDGs)….

Bridging the Business Gaps between Pakistan and Afghanistan

The business communities of Pakistan and Afghanistan make it one of the most dynamic regions for economic development and prosperity. However, the local business community and young business entrepreneurs of the region still lack adequate opportunities to endow their share in the development of the Pak-Afghan relationship. The need of the hour is to motivate,…

Amazing Pakistan : Amazing Afghanistan

The Hollings Center supported a photography competition and two exhibitions held in Lahore, Pakistan and Kabul, Afghanistan, entitled Amazing Pakistan : Amazing Afghanistan, through a grant received by the United States Embassy Kabul. The project aimed to build trust, mutual respect, and to promote commonalities between Pakistan and Afghanistan through the medium of photography. Photographers…

Video: Timor Sharan on the Special Immigration Visa Program for Afghans

Timor Sharan explains the background of the Special Immigration Visa Program and the research project he completed as part of the Hollings Center Small Grants program with his colleague Noah Coburn. He offers insight into the effects of the program on Afghanistan, recommendations from the report and lessons that can be learned for future programming….

Podcast: Noah Coburn

Noah Coburn discusses the key takeaways from research conducted through a Hollings Center small grant on the U.S. Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program, which provides visas for Afghans that worked as translators with the U.S. military or on U.S-funded projects and now find themselves in danger.