BAAG reports

  • BAAG: Synthesis of Afghan and International Civil Society Papers for the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan, October 2016

    This paper summarises the key views and recommendations made by Afghan and international civil society organisations in papers prepared for the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan in October 2016. The purpose of this was to inform discussions during and after the conference, at which the Afghan Government outlined the progress made in implementing reforms since 2014 and the international community pledged continued financial support to the country over the next four year period. As a result of this synthesis, core common recommendations from Afghan and international civil society that emerged were:a partnership of mutual respect and co-operation between civil society and governmentthe Afghan government abiding by commitments made and international legal conventions entered intothe continuation of long-term international support to Afghanistan, conditional on the implenentation of reforms  the importance of the role of civil society to be acknowledged and facilitated

    PDF icon Synthesis Paper for BCA 2016 FINAL.pdf
  • BAAG: Monthly Report, September 2016

    This month's 2-page round-up of the key news includes reaction to the Hizb-e-Islami peace agreement, the launch of the new Citizen's Charter, and the opening of a new restaurant run by survivors of domestic violence.

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  • BAAG: Monthly Report, August 2016

    This month's 2-page round-up of the key news includes a high-profile political dispute between President Ghani and CEO Abdullah, a deadly terrorist attack on the American University of Afghanistan, and the opening of Kabul's first sexual health advice centre.

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  • BAAG, Monthly Report, July 2016

    This month's 2-page round-up of the key news includes outcomes of the NATO Summit in Warsaw and a deadly attack on a peaceful demonstration in Kabul. Returning Afghan refugees were promised free plots of land in their homeland and Afghan brothers in the Netherlands launched a drone capable of disabling landmines 20 times faster than current methods.   

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  • BAAG: Monthly report, June 2016

    This month's 2-page round-up of the key news includes clashes at the Torkham border crossing and the announcement of Afghanistan's new Minister of Defence. Afghans were reported as the third largest refugee group worldwide and beloved poet Rumi was the topic of much discussion.   

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  • BAAG: Monthly report, May 2016

    This month's 2-page round-up of the key news includes the government's response to mass protests, international recognition for Afghan film-makers and a dramatic increase in the number of internally displaced within Afghanistan.  

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  • BAAG: Monthly report, April 2016

    Our 2-sided summary of the key news from Afghanistan.  April's major Taliban attack in Kabul saw a dramatic shift in President' Ghani's rhetoric regarding peace negotiations. The ICRC warned of Afghanistan sliding into an unprecedented humanitarian crisis unless the international community pledges ongoing support, whilst a young Afghan man took a stand against harmful practices affecting his family and girls across the country. 

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  • BAAG Blog: The hopes of Afghanistan's piano prodigy (Dari version), April 2016

    BAAG's 31st March 2016 blog written with budding concert pianist Elham Fanoos has been translated and published in Dari by the Saday-e Mardom (The Voice of People) weekly newspaper. 

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  • BAAG: Monthly report, March 2016

    Our summary of the essential news for each month.  March saw anger at the reduction of sentences for 13 of Farkhunda's killers, and a report stating the highest annual levels of violence against journalists on record. In more positive news, the Afghan cricket team stunned fans with their defeat of the West Indies in the Twenty20 cricket tournament. 

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  • BAAG/LSE: The Family Hotline - a road to empowerment, gender justice & social change in Afghanistan, March 2016

    BAAG has partnered with ACDEO (Afghanistan Capacity Development & Educational Organisation) to explore the possible impact of ACDEO's Family Hotline. The Family Hotline is a toll-free service in Afghanistan which provides Afghan women and their families with legal advice, information, counselling, sharia-based guidance and service referrals on various family matters.  Student researchers from London School of Economics analysed call data, interviewed ACDEO staff and researched comparable hotlines in other countries to explore if hotlines designed to support families and women can contribute to access to justice, human rights and services. 

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  • BAAG: Monthly report, February 2016

    BAAG's 2-page summart of the key news and developments from Afghanistan - highlights from February 2016 include small steps in peace negotiations, the highest level of annual civilian casualties recorded by the UN and a warming display of compassion in Kabul. 

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  • BAAG: Migration & Development - The Case of Afghanistan, February 2016

    As part of our Media4Development programme, BAAG organised a policy-makers and development practitioners roundtable. The BAAG and RUSI Roundtable explored the causes of Afghan migration and asked why development efforts in Afghanistan are failing the Afghan people. Moreover, it raised the question of whether development aid is an appropriate tool for reducing migration and extremism and what are its limits? The report presents the main discussion points and recommendations. 

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  • BAAG: Monthly report, January 2016

    Our simplified two-page summary of the month's news helps you keep track of developments in Afghanistan.  This January update highlights, amongst others, developments in the peace process, the attack on Moby Group’s staff in Kabul, the key date for the 2016 parliamentary elections and Afghanistan's many successes in the sport's world. 

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  • BAAG: Monthly report, December 2015

    Our simplified two-page summary of the month's news helps you keep track of developments in Afghanistan.  This December update highlights, amongst others, developments in the peace process, the worsening security situation in Helmand, advances towards 2016 parliamentary elections and the launch of the major TAPI gas pipeline. 

    PDF icon Afghanistan in Dec. 2015 FINAL.pdf
  • HealthProm/BAAG: Maternal mortality reported trends in Afghanistan: too good to be true?, December 2015

    BAAG member HealthProm have written this paper jointly with BAAG and 3 leading maternal health experts. It raises their concerns regarding statements that Afghanistan has achieved MDG5a, to reduce maternal mortality by 75%. The paper asserts that such claims are too good to be true, and points to problematic survey methodologies which may have led to inaccurate figures. With overall funding reductions to Afghanistan, there is a fear that donors may cut health funding, putting more Afghan mother's lives at risk. 

    PDF icon Maternal Mortality rates in Afghanistan too good to be true 26Nov Final.pdf

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