The Liaison Office (TLO) is an Afghan non-governmental organization that emerged at the end of 2003 as a swisspeace pilot project (supported by the Heinrich Böll Foundation) on good governance after the organization was approached by community elders requesting assistance for participation in the peace and reconstruction process in their southeastern communities. TLO’s four main areas of activity are: Research, Peace building, Justice, and Livelihoods.  In the nearly ten years since its establishment, TLO expanded from the Southeast into the South (2005) and East (2008) mainly through research and analysis and the facilitation of a series of peace and stability jirgas. In 2009, TLO began working in the Northern and Central provinces; and in 2011 started research and analysis in Western Afghanistan. One hundred and twenty TLO staff in four field offices are currently active across Afghanistan.