Resources

  • DFID Afghanistan Profile: July 2017

    This report is a profile created by DFID on Afghanistan. It explores issues such as why DFID has invested in Afghanistan, what the aid expects to achieve looking ahead, and other relavant issues pertainig to DFID's work in Afghanistan.

    PDF icon Policy paper-DFID Afghanistan Profile-July 2017.pdf
  • Aid in a Conflict Zone: Can military and development objectives work together?

    This report presents the main points raised in a panel discussion which examined devolopment cooperation and civil-military relations in Afghanistan. 

    PDF icon BAAG_ConflictZone_Final.pdf
  • Afghanistan in May 2017

    Our monthly review of the key news from Afghanistan.

    PDF icon Afghanistan in May17.pdf
  • Transparency International: Collective Commitment to Enhance Accountability and Transparency in Emergencies: Afghanistan Report

    This report presents findings from the Afghanistan case study for the Collective Resolution to Enhance Accountability and Transparency in Emergencies (CREATE) initiative, led by Transparency International. The goal of the study was to produce an evidence base concerning corruption risks and prevention and mitigation measures in relation to the implementation of humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan. 

    PDF icon 2017_CREATE_Afghanistan_EN.pdf
  • Understanding the impact of illicit economies in Afghanistan's Development

    A summary report of the APPG Afghanistan briefing and discussion on the role illicit economies play in Afghanistan's development. Core themes include the drug economy, mining, and migration.

    PDF icon BAAG_IllicitEconom_Final.pdf
  • SCA: Afghanistan's Road to Self-Reliance, March 2017

    The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, an INGO present in Afghanistan for decades, convened a conference in December 2016 to consider lessons learnt in security and development efforts. Incorporating offical reviews by the Danish and Norwegian governments of their interventions, and bringing Afghan development and rights actors to the stage, the conference explored civil-military lessons, as well as development and diplomacy interventions. This report captures the rich discussions and asks what better approaches might be considered going forwards.  

    PDF icon sca2016internationalconference_finalversion.pdf
  • Asia Foundation: Survey of the Afghan People, December 2016

    The 2016 Survey of the Afghan People polled 12,658 Afghan respondents from 16 ethnic groups across all 34 provinces, including insecure and physically challenging environments. The annual survey is the longest-running and broadest nationwide survey of Afghan attitudes and opinions. Since 2004, the Survey has gathered the opinions of more than 87,000 Afghan men and women, providing a unique longitudinal portrait of evolving public perceptions of security, the economy, governance and government services, elections, media, women’s issues, and migration. This year's edition finds a continued downward trajectory in national mood, with a record low 29.3% of Afghans saying that the country is moving in the right direction.

    PDF icon TAF 2016_Survey-of-the-Afghan-People.pdf
  • Brussels Conference on Afghanistan: communique of participants, October 2016

    On 5 October 2016, the 75 countries and 26 international organisations participating in the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan on 5 October 2016 issued a communiqué, renewing the partnership for prosperity and peace between the National Unity Government of Afghanistan and the international community. They underlined  their collective commitment to deepen and strengthen their cooperation to achieve Afghanistan's self-reliance in the transformation decade (2015-2024) and to create a political, social and economic environment that will allow Afghanistan to consolidate peace, security, sustainable development and prosperity. They noted that important progress has been achieved on Afghanistan's way to a functioning, accountable and increasingly sustainable state, but the substantial challenges that the country still faces require further efforts to safeguard and build on these joint achievements. 

    PDF icon BCA final communique.pdf
  • Integrity Watch Afghanistan: CSO Recommendations for Brussels Conference, September 2016

    Integrity Watch Afghanistan and other governance-focused civil society organisations have prepared recommendations ahead of the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan on 5th October. Based on consultations & meetings with H.E. President Ghani and his ministers, donors, civil society and leading organizations to assess the National Integrity System of Afghanistan, these recommendations are aimed at informing the  Afghan and International community about their commitments on how to move the governance agenda forward in the new Afghan National Peace and Development Framework (ANPDF).

    PDF icon Integrity Watch Afgh CSO Policy Recommendations Sept 2016.pdf
  • Global Witness: The Brussels Conference & Extractives in Afghanistan, August 2016

    Ahead of the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan on 5th October 2016, Global Witness have prepared this policy brief for the Afghan government and its international partners, regarding the need for governance strengthening and reform around the potentially lucrative extractives industry. 

    PDF icon GW Policy Brief - Brussels and the extractive industries in Afghanistan UPDATED August 25 2016.pdf
  • Global Witness: Afghanistan, lapis lazuli & the battle for mineral wealth, June 2016

    Global Witness's two year investigation reveals that lapiz lazuli mines in the northeastern province of Badakhshan are a major source of conflict and grievance, supplying millions of dollars of funding to armed groups, insurgents, and strongmen, and providing a tiny fraction of the benefit they should to the Afghan people.  Mining is implicated in violence from Balkh to Helmand. Nationally, it is thought to be the Taliban’s second largest source of revenue, while contributing less than 1% of state income in 2013. Armed groups made an estimated $12m from lapis in 2015.

    PDF icon GW war_in_the_treasury_mr1.pdf
  • SCA: Experience on civilian-military interaction & consequences of the military intervention on aid delivery,

    Ahead of the Swedish government's evaluation of its engagement in Afghanistan, the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan conducted research into an area of particular concern for them, civil-military cooperation. This minor qualitative interview-based study aims to give input to various questions around the impact of international military presence and actions on development initiatives.

    Beyond Incidents; SCA's Experience on Civilian-Military Interaction and Consequences of Military Intervention on Aid Delivery
  • AREU: A balancing act for extractive sector governance, May 2016

    Today, most extractive sector activities in Afghanistan are artisanal, small-, or medium-scale and up to 10,000 deposits remain out of government control. This is linked with continuing conflict and violence in the country, resulting in significant revenue losses from illegal extraction. On the other hand, this report highlights the practical challenges faced by civil society to play their role in improving transparency, accountability, and equitable sharing of the sector’s benefits include an unstable legal framework characterised by rushed development because of pressure to generate revenues internally, decreasing political will to implement the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, and variable and decreasing role of CSOs.

    PDF icon AREU A Balancing Act for Extractive Sector Governance.pdf
  • SCA: Perspective of the SCA to the Inquiry on Sweden's engagement in Afghanistan, March 2016

    As with other countries, Sweden has conducted an evaluation of its intervention in Afghanistan from the period 2001-14.  The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan provided the following report, presenting their perspective on the contributions made both by their own programmes and the state of Sweden.  The report is based on their own internal reports and minutes and external op-eds, articles and other communications. 

    Concerning the Swedish and International Operations in Afghanistan 2001–2014: An SCA Perspective
  • Report of the UN Secretary General to the Security Council, March 2016

    Deteriorating security and an increasingly vocal political opposition placed increased pressure on the Government of Afghanistan, despite steps towards a possible peace process. The announcement of 15 October 2016 for parliamentary and district council elections brought renewed demands for electoral reforms. The Afghan National Defence and Security Forces continued to face significant challenges in effectively countering the threats of insurgent groups across the country. The Government of Afghanistan took steps to further its economic reform agenda in the context of persistent slow economic growth and emigration, and began preparations for the ministerial-level development conference in Brussels.

    PDF icon sg-report-7march2016.pdf

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