Resources

  • BAAG: Synthesis of Afghan & International Civil Society Papers for The London Conference on Afghanistan, December 2014

    BAAG produced this helpful synthesis of the numerous Afghan and international civil society papers prepared ahead of the London Conference on Afghanistan.  It aims to provide a snap-shot of the common and key recommendations coming from both groups, providing a simplified background to some of the more detailed points raised in the LCA and BAAG's Ayenda Conference.  Thanks to ENNA for their contributions to this report. 

    PDF icon Synthesis Paper Combined Final Draft.pdf
  • BAAG: Letter from Prime Minister Cameron, November 2014

    BAAG wrote to British Prime Minister David Cameron in October, asking for the government's continued support to new the new Afghan President.  We received the response below which highlighted the role of civil society in shaping and supporting Afghanistan.  

    PDF icon Letter from PMCameron.pdf
  • CSJWG: Position Paper for London Conference, November 2014

    Ahead of the London Conference on Afghanistan, the Civil Society Joint Working Group (CSJWG), a membership network of local, community and grass-roots Afghan civil society organisations, prepared the paper below.  It highlights their review of the current situation, past achievements and future needs in the following thematic sections: Democratic reform; Governance, Rule of law and Human Rights; Government revenues, Budget execution and Sub-national Governance; Economic growth and Development; Continued partnership and Aid effectiveness; the Role of civil society.  

    PDF icon Civil-society-position-paper-london-conf-23Nov2014.pdf
  • Afghan CSOs: Support to Afghan Civil Society in the Decade of Transformation, November 2014

    Ahead of the London Conference on Afghanistan (4th December 2014), 22 Afghan civil society organisations (CSOs) collaborated to produce the attached briefing paper.  Amongst the numeous thematic papers produced by organisations, theirs focused more specifically on the role of civil society itself - to both support the new Afghan government in the delivery of reforms and services, but also to hold that government accountable on behalf of the Afghan people.  They present recommendations to the government and international community which could help civil society flourish and become a genuine partner in Afghanistan's future. 

    PDF icon Support to Afghan Civil Society in Decade of Transformation.pdf
  • ACBAR: Transforming development beyond Transition, October 2014

    BAAG's partner in Afghanistan, ACBAR, have produced 4 thematic and 1 summary position paper for the London Conference on Afghanistan, on 4th December.  These papers reflect the progress made since their previous papers for the Tokyo conference in 2012, and highlight the continuing needs, challenges and recommendations.  Their papers are on Women's Rights, Aid Effectiveness, Service Delivery and Governance.  

    PDF icon Transforming Development Beyond Transition in Afghanistan AID EFFECTIVENESS.pdf, PDF icon Transforming Development Beyond Transition in Afghanistan GOVERNANCE.pdf, PDF icon Transforming Development Beyond Transition in Afghanistan SERVICE.pdf, PDF icon Transforming Development Beyond Transition in Afghanistan Womens Rights.pdf, PDF icon Transforming Development Beyond Transition in Afghanistan SUMMARY.pdf
  • BAAG: Getting it Right - Examining Gender Programming in Afghanistan, October 2014

    Gender programmes have been a large focus for international and local civil society in the past 13 years.  There have been some successes, but there have also been many complications and some failures.  BAAG has investigated these issues through a series of discussions with gender experts, from Afghanistan and the wider international community.  This report captures the debates, opinions and recommendations of the participants of our Getting it Right conference in March 2014 and the earlier discussions with visiting women's rights activists and gender experts.

    PDF icon Getting it Right 2014_FINAL.pdf
  • Salah: Civil society recommendations for the NATO Summit 2014, September 2014

    These recommendations reflect civil society concerns over the imminent withdrawal of international combat troops, the restricted capacity of the Afghan security forces, and issues relating to their accountability.  Salah is a consortium of 8 Afghan civil society organisations focused on policy and advocacy for promoting peace and security. 

    PDF icon Afghanistan Peace and Security - SALAH 3.pdf
  • PTRO: Counting the Uncounted - Afghanistan's Civil Society in Transition, August 2014

    Promoting and strengthening civil society has been an important area of focus for both the Government of Afghanistan and the international donor community over the past ten years, and the country has seen great gains and achievements in many areas. However, the process of transition during 2014 presents an uncertain time for the country's civil society community. This report explores the impacts of transition on civil society organisations and actors in seven Afghan provinces, and presents their concerns, strategies, and suggestions for navigating the process.

    PDF icon PTRO Counting the Uncounted Aug14.pdf
  • BAAG/LSE: Afghanistan in the British Print Media, June 2014

    BAAG commissioned student researchers from the London School of Economics to review the last 5 years of coverage of Afghanistan by the British print/online news media.  The findings confirmed our suspicions - only 4.3% of news articles focused on aid and development in the country, the majority were focused on the war, conflict and military intervention.  Moreover, many of those few articles regarding aid and development presented these in a negative light.  With the fear that interest and therefore funding to Afghanistan will wane with the withdrawal of international combat troops, BAAG's report looks at the role of the media in rebalancing the narrative about Afghanistan's future. 

    PDF icon BAAG Report Afg British Media Jun14.pdf
  • BAAG: Consolidated lessons learnt from donor conferences, June 2014

    BAAG is organising a large scale civil society conference ahead of the London Conference on Afghanistan which will take place in the UK towards the end of 2014, co-hosted by the UK and Afghan governments.  As part of our planning and consultation process, we contacted various organisations involved in previous donor conferences on Afghanistan, such as those held in London, Bonn and Tokyo.  This report captures their feedback on the challenges faced in ensuring Afghan civil society has a voice in such conferences, but also indicates how progressive improvements have been made in recent years. 

    PDF icon Consolidated lessons learnt re. donor conferences 210514.pdf
  • BAAG: Peacebuilding in Afghanistan and Perspectives on Civil Society's Role, September 2012

    A report of workshop proceedings which took place in Dublin, the Republic of Ireland, from 23-27 February 2012. It was organised by the British and Irish Agencies Afghanistan Group in association with Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation. It was attended by 17 Afghan peacebuilders and civil society activists from across Afghanistan, as well as peace practitioners, politicians and civil society representatives from other conflict areas. The aim was to discuss peacebuilding and facilitate an exchange of ideas about civil society’s role in peace processes. The workshop sessions explored a range of perspectives on the peace processes in Northern Ireland and the Balkans.

    PDF icon BAAG-2012-peace-building-rep final.pdf
  • ENNA/VENRO: Bonn - Priorities for action, December 2011

    Joint NGO position paper for Bonn Conference, signed by BAAG, European networks of NGOs working in Afghanistan and individual aid agencies.

    PDF icon Venro_PositionspaperAfghanistan-Bonn Conf final.pdf
  • BAAG: An Alternative View, Conference Report, January 2010

    Ahead of the inter-ministerial London Conference on Afghanistan in January 2010, BAAG, with support from ACBAR (Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief) convened a one-day Afghan civil society conference.  This report presents the discussions, opinions and recommendations of those present - Afghan civil society leaders and activists, international development experts from NGOs and think tanks, members of Afghan government institutions and others.   The day culminated in the presentation of a civil society statement, their agreed recommendations on security, governance and development in Afghanistan to ministerial representatives of the co-hosts of The London Conference.

    PDF icon BAAG An Alternative View Conference 2010.pdf

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