• BAAG: Policy position paper on Service Delivery, July 2015

    Following the General Election in May 2015, BAAG and its members prepared a briefing pack for MPs and ministers.  These covered the themes of Governance, Human Rights, Service Delivery, Women's Rights and Humanitarian.  They each present an overview of the progress and remaining challenges in each area, and priority recommendations for the British government to consider in its support to Afghanistan. 

    PDF icon Policy Position Paper - Service Delivery final version 22July15.pdf
  • GCPEA: Lessons in War, Military use of Schools & Universities during armed conflict, May 2015

    The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack has reported on instances of military (pro- and anti-government) forces occupying or using educational facilities in countries including  Afghanistan. Snipers position themselves at classroom windows. Soldiers sleep in classrooms. Razor wire encircles playgrounds. Places that once brought students joy and comfort are transformed into places of fear and dread. For this study, evidence was gathered on the nature, scope, and consequences of the use of education institutions by armed forces during the period from January 2005 to March 2015. Using examples drawn from every region of the world, this study demonstrates both the practice of militaries using education institutions and the consequences of such use for students, educators, and communities.

    PDF icon GCPEA lessons_in_war_2015.pdf
  • BAAG: Monthly report, April 2015

    BAAG's monthly 2-sided review of the key news from Afghanistan, which for April included progress in the appointment of Cabinet positions, a bloody start to the Taliban's spring offensive, a deadly landslide in Badakhshan and concerns over the continued targetting of minority groups.

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  • BAAG: Summary report of the Ayenda Conference, December 2014

    BAAG organised and hosted the half-day Ayenda Conference on 3rd December 2015.  This was the offical civil society associate event of the London Conference on Afghanistan.  This report provides a brief summary of the event - its structure, attendees, content and feedback.  A full report is being drafted, which is expected to be published in February 2015. 

    PDF icon Summary report of Ayenda Conference 15 Dec 2014.pdf
  • AREU: Why do children undertake the unaccompanied journey?, December 2014

    The issue of children undertaking unaccompanied journeys abroad has been the focus of increasing concern. Amongst the drivers of this phenomenon have been the rising numbers of unaccompanied children arriving in Europe and concerns relating to the particular protection needs of children, the risks associated with the journey and the fact that they typically travel irregularly, often with the assistance of smuggling networks.Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) is an independent research organisation based in Kabul. This new publication comesfrom joint research by AREU and the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The overall purpose of the research is to gain further knowledge on the specific circumstances and motivations leading Afghan children to travel to Europe and other industrialised countries. Such knowledge may serve to inform future policies and strategic planning on the issue of unaccompanied child movements from Afghanistan, as a country that figures prominently amongst countries sending unaccompanied children to Europe, Australia, Pakistan, Iran and other countries.

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  • The Lancet: Afghanistan has a sizeable problem with opioid use, October 2014

    This study, conducted under the auspices of the State Department's Afghanistan National Urban Drug Use Study, surveyed 2,187 randomly selected urban households about home use of both illegal and prescription drugs. Then they compared the self-reported drug use with biological tests taken from samples of hair provided by household members.  The study findings support concerns raised that Afghanistan has a high rate of drug usage — about 5.1 percent, or 1 in 20 people. Opioids and cannabis were the most popular.  

    PDF icon Lancet Afghanistan Drugs study Oct14.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
  • GICHD: The Humanitarian & developmental impact of anti-vehicle mines, October 2014

    Anti-vehicle mines (AVMs) are as indiscriminate as anti-personnel mines (APMs) and constitute the source of many casualties. As the international community explores the possible options for further legal regulation of AVMs, there is a need for more rigorous analysis of the impact of anti-vehicle mines on civilians and developing societies that are either in the midst of or recovering from conflict.To bridge this gap, the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) undertook a study to document the humanitarian and developmental impact of anti-vehicle mines.  Their report includes Afghanistan as one of three case-studies. 

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  • JVC: Japanese CSOs’ Proposals for the London Conference on Afghanistan, October 2014

    On behalf of a group of sixteen Japanese CSOs (Civil Society Organizations) working on reconstruction and development assistance in Afghanistan, the Japanese International Volunteer Centre (JVC) prepared the attached position paper.  Directed to the hosts and participants of the London Conference on Afghanistan (4th December 2014), their paper highlights the areas they consider to be critical to the development of Afghanistan as it enters the Transformational Decade - financial support, basic services, women's and human rights, governance, aid effectiveness and the role of civil society. 

    PDF icon JPN CSOs' Proposals for London Conference (Eng) (Final).pdf
  • VCA Report on Pharmaceuticals importation process, October 2014

    With no registration or monitoring of pharmaceutical companies in many Afghan provinces, and a strong trade in smuggled counterfeit drugs, many Afghans face agonising choices when they require medical treatment.  Afghanistan's Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee prepared this Vulnerability to Corruption Assessment (VCA) which found that generally corruption in the pharmaceutical importation process is facilitated and perpetuated by a combination of high import volume and low surveillance and monitoring capacity.

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  • Asia Foundation: Survey of the Afghan People, October 2014

    The 10th survey by The Asia Foundation was conducted between 22 June and 8 July 2014, shortly after the presidential run-off elections.  9,271 Afghans from across all provinces were interviewed, 49.9% of whom were women.  The overall mood of the country was cautious optimism, though fewer felt the country was moving in the right direction compared to 2013 (54.7% down from 57.2%).  The biggest concerns nationally were insecurity, corruption and unemployment.  65.4% reported feeling fearful for their own or their family's safety at some point, continuing an upward trend since 2006. 

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  • GCPEA: Protecting Education Personnel from Targeted Attack in Conflict-Affected Countries, July 2014

    The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack's report describes how teachers have been targeted around the world and documents various ways communities have tried to keep them safe.  Afghanistan features heavily in the report, where attacks on education personnel are ongoing. 

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  • Ministry of Public Health: National Nutrition Survey 2013, July 2014

    This report, by the Ministry of Public Health and UNICEF, is the first nationwide survey since 2004.  It finds that approximately one in 10 Afghan children under the age of five (9.7 per cent) are acutely malnourished; one in 25 children under five (4 per cent) are severely malnourished and at risk of death if not treated; and 2.2 million children, from an under five population of 4.8 million, are stunted.Nutrition treatment is only available in an approximate 26 per cent of health facilities in the country and only 2.5 per cent of children with acute malnutrition are registered in the Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS) or other nutrition programmes. 

    PDF icon Nat Nutrition Survey Afghanistan 2013.pdf
  • Save the Children: State of the World's Mothers, May 2014

    2014 sees Afghanistan rising to 146/178 countries in terms of it's maternal health and support - this is a huge improvement on it's bottom ranking in both 2010 and 2011.  Save the Children's report highlights the plight of maternal healthcare in conflict-affected countries and reports on how Afghanistan looks set to achieve the Millenium Development Goal on maternal health. 

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  • UNODC: Impacts of Drug Use on Users and their Families, April 2014

    This study by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) examines the origins, evolution and impact of drug use on users and their families across Afghanistan. With the rate of drug addiction currently estimated to be approximately 10% of the population, the interviews conducted as part of this study clearly link such behaviour to widespread domestic violence, unemployment, financial difficulties, crime, and limited academic progress for children. The study also additionally finds peer pressure to be the primary trigger for drug use in Afghanistan. 

    PDF icon UNODC Impacts of Drug Use.pdf