• Water Governance Models in Afghanistan: Filling the Gap

    This paper examines the necessity for water governance and resource management. The author states that Afghanistan is not a 'blank slate' as the international community believes, but that it must adapt to the institutional norms already in place.

    PDF icon Water Governance Models in Afghanistan March 2013.pdf
  • UNODC: Corruption Survey, February 2013

    The United Nations says that fewer people reported paying bribes in Afghanistan in 2012, but the total cost of corruption has increased significantly.  The latest survey from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime said that in 2012, 50% of Afghan citizens paid a bribe to a public official, down from 59 per cent in 2009.  However, the report adds that both the frequency and cost of bribes have increased. The total cost of corruption, it said, had increased by 40 per cent over the past three years to reach $3.9 billion. 

    PDF icon UNODC Recent Patterns and Trends Dec. 2012.pdf
  • AREU: Land, People, and the State in Afghanistan: 2002 – 2012

    This case study documents the changes in land relations and land governance since the signing of the Bonn Agreement in December 2001. It says that the decade began and ended with rhetoric against land grabbing. However, it adds that the practice now seems "too entrenched, too tacitly supported politically, and too expedient for private wealth creation by elites, to be halted ".

    PDF icon AREU Land, People, and the State in Afghanistan 2002-2012.pdf
  • World Bank: Afghanistan in Transition: Looking Beyond 2014, May 2012

     This report explores the ramifications which transition -the withdrawal of most international troops by 2014 - will have on Afghanistan's economic and development fabric.  It points out that the decline in external assistance will have widespread repercussions for Afghanistan’s political and economic landscape well beyond 2014..

    PDF icon World Bank Afghanistan in Transition May 2012.pdf
  • ODI: Talking to the Other Side, December 2012

    The first substantive research of its kind into aid access, this report and policy brief by the Overseas Development Institute examines how aid agencies engage with the Taliban to gain access to Afghans in need of assistance. Compiled after almost 150 interviews with Afghans, aid agencies, the Taliban and diplomats, it offers a series of recommendations on humanitarian negotiations.

    PDF icon ODI Talking to the other side Full Report.pdf, PDF icon ODI Talking to the other side Policy Brief.pdf
  • IDC: Afghanistan: Development, progress and prospects after 2014, October 2012

    The UK Parliament's International Development Committee recommends that the British government revise its aid priorities in Afghanistan, giving greater emphasis to humanitarian aid, providing basic services and alleviating poverty.The report, released in October 2012, called for more to be done to meet the needs of vulnerable Afghan communities as international forces prepare to leave the country.It recommends that the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) reconsider its current policy of trying to build a “viable state” in Afghanistan and instead give higher priority to humanitarian and development projects.

    PDF icon Afghanistan Development, progress and prospects after 2014 Oct. 2012.pdf
  • BAAG: Tokyo Briefing Paper - Aid Effectiveness/Economic Development, July 2012

    BAAG's policy paper ahead of the 2012 Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan highlights the barriers to aid effectiveness and development.  These include corruption, slow economic growth and aid distributions focused more on political and security priorities than Afghan needs.  Twelve recommendations are posed to the donor community and Afghan government. 

    PDF icon BAAG-Aid-Effectiveness-and-Economic-Development-FINAL.pdf
  • World Bank: Winning Hearts and Minds through Development, July 2012

    This policy research working paper, based on a field experiment in Afghanistan, examines the effectiveness of development programmes in countering insurgency.  Its findings suggest that such programmes have a generally positive impact in relatively secure areas, but have little effect in areas which already have high levels of violence.

    PDF icon World Bank Winning Hearts and Minds through Development July 2012.pdf
  • ILO: Study on the State of Employment in Afghanistan, June 2012

    A new report from the International Labour Organisation stresses the need for a better long term approach to socio-economic development within Afghanistan.  The report is critical of current efforts, which it says focus too much on the creation of casual and short-term employment. The ILO says longer term employment projects and education programmes needed to help create sustainable economic and social growth.

    PDF icon ILO Study on the State of Employment in Afghanistan June 2012.pdf
  • BAAG: Losing The Ability To Dream - Afghan perceptions of UK aid, March 2012

    BAAG’s new report finds that whilst huge sums of aid money have been channelled into Afghanistan, it remains one of the world’s poorest countries. Some progress has been made, but Government institutions remain weak and dependent on foreign aid.The report combines reviews of official statistics on aid flows along with Afghan perceptions. It illustrates how difficult it is to pull together a coherent picture of UK aid because of the large and complex body of data available. Afghan voices indicate concern about the 2014 deadline, that UK aid is politicised and that better quality aid is needed.Read the full report 

    PDF icon BAAG 2012 'Losing the Ability to Dream'.pdf
  • ICAI: DFID Programme Controls and Assurance in Afghanistan, March 2012

    The Independent Commission for Aid Impact ( ICAI) assesses DFID’s systems of control and assurance over its multi-million dollar aid programme in Afghanistan. These systems are important because they help to minimise the risk of theft, fraud and corruption.

    PDF icon Programme Controls and Assurance in Afghanistan March 2012.pdf
  • Feinstein International Centre, Tufts University: Winning Hearts and Minds? Examining the Relationship Between Aid and Security in Afghanistan, January 2012

    Research in five provinces and Kabul examining the complex factors that drive insecurity in Afghanistan and investigating the impact of aid projects on insecurity.

    PDF icon Examining the Relationship Between Aid and Security in Afghanistan Jan. 2012.pdf
  • Conclusions, International Conference on Afghanistan, Bonn, December 2011

    PDF icon The intl Afg Conference in Bonn 5 Dec 2011 - conf conclusions.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
  • Save the Children: Afghanistan in Transition: Putting Children at the Heart of Development, November 2011

    Save the Children assesses how international aid has changed Afghan children’s lives since 2001 and puts forward proposals for child-oriented “smart development” policies for the future.

    PDF icon Save the Children - Afghanistan in Transition Nov. 2011.PDF