Berlin, 12 March 2021
OSRA CEO, Maryam Baryalay, took part at the virtuel launch event of the Afghan Organizations Association in Germany (VAFO) as a guest-speaker. As an association made up of 11 NGOs, VAFO was created to strengthen the voice of the Afghan diaspora with regard to Germany’s commitment to Afghanistan. Ms Baryalay emphasized on the mediating and impactful role of the Afghan-German diaspora that has shifted back to Afghanistan. She stressed on why Afghan-Germans provide an optimum link to both countries – Germany and Afghanistan – in transferring knowledge, know-how, and shaping Germany initiatives in Afghanistan. Present at the discussion were Helmut Fischer department head for Afghanistan and Pakistan from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Samad Sharif deputy director of VAFO, Mr. Yama Yari the Ambassador of the Republic of Afghanistan in Berlin and others.