Resources

  • BAAG: Sustainable Engagement to 2014 & beyond, November 2013

    BAAG and Chatham House convened a panel of experts on Afghanistan to consider various scenarios the country may face in 2014 and beyond.  Topics included the presidential election process, improving governance, and the role of civil society.  Overall, the panel felt a middle ground, cautiously optimistic scenario was most likely, and discussions indicated the increasingly loud voice of a nation who are demanding progress from their government.  

    PDF icon BAAG Chatham House Sustainable Engagement Nov 13.pdf
  • TMAF: July 2013 Senior Officials Meeting, September 2013

    Held on 3 July 2013 in Kabul, the Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) was convened almost a year after the July 2012 Tokyo Conference, in which the Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework (TMAF) was established, to cofirm the commitments of the international community and the Government of Afghanistan in the move from Afghanistan's transition to transformation.  The SOM served as a 1 year follow-up mechanism, to review progress on the principles of the TMAF. The Meeting was co-chaired by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Finance and the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General to Afghanistan. Delegations from 40 countries and 8 international agencies in addition to Ministers and senior officials of the Afghan Government and representatives of Afghan civil society and private sector attended the SOM. The meeting revealed progress in some areas yet continued efforts and commitment required in others.   

    PDF icon SOM FINAL Report 02 July 2013.pdf
  • BAAG: Letter to Ministry of Mines, June 2013

    BAAG and 35 international and Afghan civil society organisations petitioned the Afghan Ministry of Mines to deliver on their commitments for effective oversight of the burgeoning mining sector.  The call came ahead of critical meetings in Kabul on 3rd July 2013. At the 2012 Tokyo conference, Afghanistan and its international partners agreed to develop a framework “that governs Afghanistan’s natural wealth through an accountable, efficient and transparent mechanism which builds upon and surpasses international best practices.”  The civil society organisations responded to concerns that this could be interpreted as nothing more than publishing mining revenues.A further letter was sent to the international partners party to the Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework. Read the letters in full here. 

    PDF icon Civil Society Letter to MoM June 2013.pdf, PDF icon Letter to International TMAF partners re mining June 13.pdf
  • HPG/ODI: The Search for Common Ground, April 2013

    Through a series of case studies and other exchanges, this project aims to provide contextual analysis of how civil–military coordination mechanisms have functioned in disaster and conflict contexts in Afghanistan from 2002- 2013. Of key concern is what impact civil–military coordination mechanisms have had on the efficiency or effectiveness of humanitarian response, and on outcomes for affected populations.

    PDF icon The Search for Common Ground April 2013.pdf
  • 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

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