created to distill the lessons learnt and build upon the strengths of the UNITAR Hiroshima Afghan Fellowship. It aspires to channel the bonds, knowledge and energy of this worldwide community towards innovative and sustainable initiatives in Afghanistan.
The Afghan Fellowship Legacy Projects (AFLP) was born in 2019, brainchild of three friends and veterans of the UNITAR Hiroshima Afghan Fellowship, Nassrine Azimi, Humaira Khan-Kamal and Sabahhudin Sokout. They felt that the Fellowship, which after an exceptional 15-cycle run had wrapped up its last cycle of training in 2018, was not any ordinary program and that its many lessons, and special bonds, could and should continue to sustain and connect the AF community. There remained an important story to tell, and a unique network to build upon for future projects. The AFLP was thus established as a pro bono initiative and currently consists of two legacy projects:
Legacy Project I – Botanical Gardens Network (BGNet); and
Legacy Project II – Book (a collective book and blog by the AF Community)
To cement the many legacies of the Afghan Fellowship (AF), the Afghan Fellowship Legacy Projects (AFLP) was created in 2019. Its first phase and 5-year period will run from early 2020 to 2025, and currently includes two legacy projects:
I: AFLP Botanical Garden Networks for Afghanistan (Launched January 31, 2020)
II: AFLP Book (Call for papers launched in early 2020)
A small core team (led by Nassrine Azimi) forms the AFLP secretariat, which with the help of numerous partners from Afghanistan, Japan and around the world, sets the overall mission and guides the projects. The UNITAR, Green Legacy Hiroshima (GLH) and EDEN Seminars networks will provide in-kind support to the initiative, notably through administrative and logistical assistance. The UNITAR Hiroshima Office will also host interns and research assistants, to support the work of the secretariat.
The AFLP Botanical Gardens Networks (BGNet) core team and country leadership teams (in-situ partners, coordinated by Sabahuddin Sokout) are shouldered and guided by an international advisory committee, comprising of specialists from the San Diego Botanic Garden, Botanic Garden Conservation International (BGCI), the Denver Botanic Garden, and other eminent experts. GLH and EDEN Seminar partners and various specialists from around the world, will form the extended structure of BG-Net (see list of members at the link for BG-Net partners).
The AFLP Book core team and steering committee (coordinated by Humaira Khan-Kamal) is responsible for the overall management of the book project. It is responsible for reaching out to the AF community to facilitate submission of papers, and coordinate and support the manuscript review committee (which includes core faculty members, representatives of mentor groups from Afghanistan and different partner institutions internationally). The steering committee will also manage the interface and editorial work with the publishers.
The simple executive structure for AFLP is as follows:
 Emerging and Developing Economies Network (EDEN)
The AFLP logo was designed and generously gifted to us by Mr. Isshu Fujiwara.The artist statement reads, ‘The blue for the Karez, Afghanistan’s ancient underground canals, the yellow for the arid soils of the country’s high plateaux, the red for promises of seeds and fruits, and the green for trees of life.'
Our gratitude to all our friends who made the AFLP website possible. A special thanks to UNITAR’s Hiroshima Office as well as the CIT Support Unit in Geneva — Akiko Perona, Ron Valerio and Justin Araneta, whose talents gave shape to our vision.