The District Atmospherics in Northern Afghanistan project worked to identify, record and assess local discourse, attitudes and perceptions (including needs, grievances and disputes) among priority target audience groups. Frequently operating in insecure and non-permissive environments, ATR’s network of local informants allows access into target communities. All recruited field staff possessed an in-depth knowledge of Kunduz and Baghlan provinces, allowing them to place information in its historical, socioeconomic and cultural contexts and better understand its implications. ATR’s researchers then drew on their experience to analyze and translate data into strategically-focused and actionable recommendations for the SIKA North program.
Our research methodology has been proven effective in challenging environments and has the potential to be implemented in other areas.