UNODC Afghanistan contributed its publications to the Afghanistan Center at Kabul University
5 August, 2013, Kabul - UNODC Country Office for Afghanistan (COAFG) contributed ten years of its publications to the Afghanistan Center at Kabul University (ACKU) archives. The publications in English, Dari and Pashto included: annual Opium Surveys, annual Opium Winter Risk Assessments, annual Cannabis Surveys, different handbooks and legal tools on the matters related to the UNODC mandate.
The ACKU was established in Peshawar (Pakistan) in 1989 by Louis and Nancy Hatch Dupree as a non-for-profit organization. Professor Louis Dupree often stated that his ambition was to understand Afghanistan "from one cell up" and during the 1970's, the Dupree home in Kabul was filled with Afghan and international scholars and students exchanging knowledge and ideas. During the war years, Professor Dupree launched the idea of a resource centre that would preserve information from a wide variety of sources on every aspect of this traumatic period. In 1989, Nancy picked up the reins.
The ACKU collection was relocated to the Kabul University Campus in 2005. The entire collection was moved to the newly constructed building at the heart of the University Campus in 2013. Today, the ACKU, is regarded as the richest source of information in the region. With more than 22,000 catalogued items and a total of 60,000 volumes, it provides the most comprehensive collection of materials related to Afghanistan. The Centre's overall purpose is to increase literacy and to complement ongoing state-building processes by providing information, ideas, visions and new academic concepts to policy planners, strategy makers, program implementers and future leaders in Afghanistan, including the faculty and students at Kabul University.
The Kabul University is attended by 7,000 students, of which 1,700 are women. The information and knowledge related to the UNODC mandate is scattered and/or not easily accessible to a larger student population. By contributing its publications to the ACKU archives, UNODC hopes to increase interest and research among students on drugs and crime related issues.