Mission & Vision

Our Mission:

To promote the values of individual freedom and of the responsibility of civil society for the creation and sustenance of the institutions of limited government, the rule of law, and the other institutional foundations of a free society. That includes strengthening the institutions of a free-market economy, such as clear definition of, and respect, for property, and promotion of freedom of expression, toleration, human rights, and civil peace.

Our Strategic Vision:

AELSO understands that the situation of Afghanistan is unique—33 years of warfare has devastated government, civil society, public life and demoralized many of the institutions of the country, whose leaders continue to expect salvation from outside. In addition, the traditional and religious identities of Afghan people must be taken into account in all steps, as there has been a great sensitivity on the part of the public and of leaders of ethnic and religious communities to perceived intervention of “foreign values” into Afghan life. Thus, all programs will emphasize the indigenous roots of the values of personal responsibility and liberty, of good government and limits on arbitrary power, and of human rights and the centrality of trade to human life.  Moreover, respect must be shown to the linguistic and traditional communities of Afghanistan, which can be accomplished by publishing materials in several languages of the country, as well as by focusing attention on the positive contributions to civil life of the country’s adaptive customary law traditions. The traditional consultative elements of Afghan political and legal life provide a solid foundation for the contemporary principles of democratic governance, open and free discussion, and pluralism, and continuity with those elements should be stressed in all policy studies, public forums, and other activities of the organisation.

Afghanistan Economic and Legal Studies Organization (AELSO) does so by:

  • Producing original studies in economics, law, and political science to help guide policy makers;
  • Reviewing the legislative codes and promoting improvement of the legal system;
  • Producing and broadcasting of academic radio programs thorough Silk Road Station and other FM stations for Afghan and Persian nations to spread and educate them the ideas of liberty.
  • And working with young people to equip the next generation of Afghans to create a society of liberty, responsibility, peace, and prosperity.
  • Educating the Afghan public who are engaged in the democratic guidance of their own government;
  • Working with the media (including but not limited to print, broadcast, and internet) to explain the value to the entire population of mutual respect, limited government, and creation of value through production and exchange, rather than mere redistribution through violence;
  • Engaging the religious communities of Afghanistan, including scholars, clerics, and ordinary believers, in the creation of civil peace and prosperity through promoting better understanding of the mutual advantages of markets, the rule of law, and personal freedom and responsibility;
  • Involving the wealth-creating sectors of Afghan society (e.g., farmers, traders, business-people, employees, professionals) in strengthening the legal foundations of the market economy;
  • Creating a domestic network for liberty and cooperating with regional and international networks for liberty, free trade, and peace;