Our expertise

A Learning Organization

ATR is a learning organization which always seeks to grow and improve its quality of services.  We invest enormous amounts time and effort to develop staff capacity, to learn from our projects and to find creative ways to do things better. Iimproving standards of quality is a constant issue, which is why we are always testing our research and capacity building techniques in the field.  We remain vigilant, never complacent, and will always adapt our research instruments to reflect the reality on the ground.

Unparalleled Access

ATR always build extensive network of local researchers, surveyors, community workers and trainers all over the countries where it works.  We only recruit well connected and respected people directly in the areas we work in, guaranteeing us unparalleled access. We also try to be creative in roder to find the best ways to collect data in order to mitigate security risks.

Ethical Research

We constantly enforce very high ethical standards of all our field staff, who are expected to display an irreproachable attitude, being respectful at all times of the local culture and traditions, protecting the confidentiality of informants and conducting their job with honesty and integrity. In all of our activities, we rely on the acceptance and trust of the community, thus we train staff to ensure that trust is not jeopardized and act quickly should a staff member not uphold our standards.

Commitment to Quality

At ATR, we are passionate about doing things well. We do not see our job as merely achieving deliverables set by clients. We advise our clients and go the extra mile to satisfy them. Amidst the complexities and challenges of the context, we use our depth of experience and attention to detail to only produce outputs of the highest quality.

Long Term Presence

We recruit people who have a true interest in the country and in the societies where we operate.   A guiding principle in all of ATR’s work is a focus on contributing to activities that make real, tangible, improvements for the people.

Cross Sectoral Expertise

  • Local governance

Whether it be contributing to policy making, enhancing institutional capacity or assisting with the implementation of projects, ATR knows local governance. Our credibility, built up through years of delivering quality outputs allows us to navigate this field, while our wealth of experience allows us to analyze events at national level and understand their implications locally.

  • Politics and armed groups

Through the development of networks of informants and analysts, ATR has its finger on the pulse regarding politics and armed groups.  Our networks and experience allows ATR to decipher the complex environment of competing interests and understand how different events culminate into insecurity on the ground.  In a number of insecure areas where it operates, ATR’s unmatched network makes it arguably the closest observer.

  • Rural development

Sustainable rural development is about partnerships; linkages between communities and the government to deliver sustainable and efficient social and productive infrastructure. ATR has a wealth of experience in empowering rural communities to better engage with government so they can gain confidence and become more active in raising the quality of life in their areas.

  • Urban development

ATR’s staff bring a wealth of experience in urban development. Whether at the ministerial or community level, ATR understands the different factors that contribute to working towards a more equitable urban development.

  • Media and communication

ATR has designed and implemented effective data collection tools to monitor and analyze audienceship and examine the sociocultural impacts of different communication campaigns on the population. We also monitor media, including television, radio, print and social media.

  • Education

ATR has been engaged in mapping, assessing and building the capacity of llocal education departments to better involve the community and provide stable, quality education to communities.

  • Civil Society, Gender and Youth 

With a particular focus on gender and youth, ATR has been involved in nurturing the civil society sector that it may better represent the interests of the population and develop into a legitimate and effective partner in Afghanistan’s governance.