Resources

  • Chatham House: Electoral Turnout in Afghanistan, April 2014

    Reporting on the unexpectedly high turnout by Afghans for the presidential and provincial elections, Chatham House's briefing paper paints a positive picture of the enthusiasm for democracy.  However they comment that this enthusiam is not necessarily extended to any particular candidate.  The figures also demonstrate defiance in the face of Taliban security threats and activities.  Finally, the report presents suggested roles for the international community to support a peaceful transfer of power. 

    PDF icon Chatham House Electoral Turnout Apr14.pdf
  • ICAI: DFID's Bilateral Support to Growth & Livelihoods in Afghanistan, March 2014

    The Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) reviewed 5 of DFID's growth and livelihoods programmes, totalling £97.8 million from 2006-2018.  Whilst their fieldwork indicated positive differences being made to beneficiaries, they were unclear how such impacts in the long term can be sustained.  Given the political, military and economic transitions of 2014, ICAI comment that 'DFID faces a challenge to ensure that its future growth and livelihoods portfolio is sufficiently coherent and flexible, given an increasingly uncertain future.'  These issues are faced by most international NGOs and donors and ICAI's recommendations are relevant to us all. 

    PDF icon ICAI-Report-DFID’s-Bilateral-Support-to-Growth-and-Livelihoods-in-Afghanistan.pdf
  • Islamic Relief: Afghanistan in Limbo, March 2014

    Islamic Relief's report raises their concerns that significant aid cuts - both those realised recently and anticipated - could derail the progress made in Afghanistan in the last decade.  The report points out that aid has fallen from $894 million in 2011 to $508 million in 2013, and less than a fifth of the UN’s humanitarian plan for 2014 has been funded so far. The UK’s contribution to the international aid effort has dropped from an average of $296m per year from 2009 to 2011, to a pledged $178m a year from 2012 to 2017.Islamic Relief argues that rather than cut aid, the international community should maintain aid levels and concentrate on improving aid effectiveness.

    PDF icon Afghanistan in Limbo Islamic Relief Mar14.pdf
  • BAAG: Understanding Gender Programming & Issues in Afghanistan, March 2014

    BAAG's briefing paper was drafted ahead of our Getting it Right Gender Conference, held in London on March 26th & 27th.  It summarises key points raised during BAAG's earlier gender programme activities, including discussions by 4 leading Gender specialists on programme successes and challenges (held in May 2013) and points raised  during a week of discussions on violence against women & girls (VAWG) by 3 leading Afghan women's rights activitists (held in July 2013).The paper includes comments on the increased need for men and boys to be included in women's rights programming, the need for experienced and specialist staff to design and run gender programmes and the dangers of inconsistent gender policies within the donor community. 

    PDF icon BAAG Briefing Note_Understanding Gender_FINAL.pdf
  • HPG: Humanitarian negotiations with armed non-state actors, March 2014

    Despite insurgents and armed groups increasingly targetting aid workers - including attacking them, looting their humanitarian supplies, extorting money or denying their access to regions or entire countries - the humanitarian sector has long recognised  the need to talk to such groups to increase their access to communities in need.However very little information regarding the groups is available to humanitarians, making it difficult for organisations to successfully engage with these actors to gain access to populations under their control.The Humanitarian Policy Group's brief highlights key lessons from a two-year research project on humanitarian negotiations with armed non-state actors (ANSAs) in Afghanistan, Somalia and Sudan. It draws from over 500 interviews with aid workers, members of armed groups (including the Taliban, Al-Shabaab and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North) and others.

    PDF icon HPG Humanitarian negotiations Mar2014.pdf
  • Chatham House: Looking beyond 2014 - Elections in Afghanistan's evolving political context, February 2014

    Chatham House's briefing paper warns of the need for Afghans to look beyond the importance of selecting a successor to President Hamid Karzai, and to focus on issues such as the election process itself and the possible changes in patronage networks as politicians reposition themselves. 

    PDF icon Chatham House AfghanistanBeyond2014 Feb14.pdf
  • Chatham House: Anticipating and responding to fraud in the 2014 Afghan elections, February 2014

    Chatham House's briefing paper addresses the currently unanswered questions of what election outcomes and processes will be 'credible' and 'legitimate', given the strong likelihood of election fraud.  Afghans will have different perceptions and expectations of legitimacy to the international community, with the latter likely to face difficult decisions concerning possible intervention and support of outcomes.  

    PDF icon Chatham House AfghanistanElections Feb14.pdf
  • TMAF: Report of the Special Joint Coordination & Monitoring Board Meeting, January 2014

    After the Senior Officials Meeting in July 2013, there followed a JCMB meeting in January 2014 to review progress against the six areas of commitment for the Government of Afghanistan and international community outlined in the TMAF (Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework) of 2012.  This report highlights progress to date and challenges remaining.  A Dari version is provided in our 'Reports in Dari' section.

    PDF icon JCMB Joint Report English-Final Version.pdf
  • BAAG: Transition and Non-Government Organizations in Afghanistan, January 2014

    BAAG, in partnership with ENNA (European Network of NGOs in Afghanistan) and APPRO (Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization), surveyed various NGOs operating in Afghanistan in mid-late 2013.  This research reveals their concerns and recommendations on the various scenarios which could result from the security, political and financial transitions of 2014.  Whilst all surveyed NGOs are firmly committed to continuing their programmes in Afghanistan, there are various complex issues they and their donors must address. 

    PDF icon NGOs in Transition.pdf
  • TMAF: Report of the Special Joint Coordination & Monitoring Board Meeting (Dari), January 2014

    After the Senior Officials Meeting in July 2013, there followed a JCMB meeting in January 2014 to review progress against the six areas of commitment for the Government of Afghanistan and international community outlined in the TMAF (Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework) of 2012.  This report highlights progress to date and challenges remaining.  An English version is provided in the 'Development' section. 

    PDF icon JCMB Joint Report Dari-Final Version.pdf
  • ACBAR: Country Briefing - Aid Effectiveness, January 2014

    ACBAR (Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief & Development) present their position on the challenges to aid effectiveness as the country enters the Transition period. 

    PDF icon ACBAR aid effectiveness country briefing 2014.pdf
  • Samuel Hall: “A Study of Poverty, Food Security and Resilience in Afghan Cities, 2014

    This study was funded by the European Union and conducted by Samuel Hall, DRC (Danish Refugee Council) and PIN (People in Need). It provides new insights into the nature, level and complexity of poverty, food security and resilience issues among urban households in Afghanistan. It compares the experiences of host communities, IDPs and returnees across the five major Afghan cities and provides evidence-based recommendations for practical action and policy reform to more effectively address urban poverty.

    PDF icon SH DRC-PIN-Urban-Poverty-Report.pdf
  • Ministry of Economy: Millennium Development Goals report 2012, December 2013

    The Afghan Ministry of Economy reports on the progress of Afghanistan towards the 2015 MDGs.  Afghanistan adopted the MDGs in 2004, 5 years after their declaration. This is their 4th progress report. 

    PDF icon Afghanistan MDGs 2012 Report.pdf
  • Transparency International: Corruption Perceptions Index, December 2013

    For the second year running, Afghanistan scores joint lowest in the world in Transparency International's (TI) annual Index of corruption perception.  In their launch statement, TI commented "Despite 2013 being a year in which governments around the world passed new laws and forged fresh commitments to end corruption, people are not seeing the results of these promises."The Corruption Perceptions Index ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be. A country or territory’s score indicates the perceived level of public sector corruption on a scale of 0 - 100, where 0 means that a country is perceived as highly corrupt and 100 means it is perceived as very clean. A country's rank indicates its position relative to the other countries and territories included in the index.   The Technical Methodology document is attached, along with the Index results brochure. 

    PDF icon Corruption Perception Index 2013.pdf, PDF icon CPI Technical Methodology.pdf
  • Integrity Watch: On Afghanistan's Roads - Extortion & Abuse, November 2013

    Integrity Watch Afghanistan's survey on extortion and abuse against truck drivers on major highways of Afghanistan. The report considers how insecurity, police professionalism, internal and external supervision, and ethnic and regional discrimination relate to illegal road tolls and abusive behavior by the police.  Findings also show that counter-narcotics officials on the highways never provided receipts for payments, overcharging by Ministry of Transport officials was common and Ministry of Public Works officials were particularly aggressive in claiming its tolls.  Recently a centralized system of collecting taxes has been established for some of the tolls, which has been effective in reducing corruption.  Read the full report here. 

    PDF icon IWA On_afghanistans_roads_extortion.pdf

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