BAAG reports

  • 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. 

    PDF icon Afghanistan this month - April 2016.pdf
  • 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
  • BAAG: Monthly report, November 2015

    Our monthly 2-page report of the key news from Afghanistan.  November saw an unprecedented display of public anger with a huge demonstration in Kabul. Numerous countries pledged greater support to Afghanistan's security, and a new media iniative launched to prepare female Afghan journalists for international news careers. 

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  • BAAG: Monthly report, October 2015

    Our monthly 2-page summary of the key news from Afghanistan.  Security and humanitarian needs dominated the news in October 2015, though there were other notable stories regarding human rights, sport and politics.

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  • BAAG: Monthly report, September 2015

    BAAG's monthly 2-page review of the month. Rising insecurity featured heavily in September 2015, with the fall of Kunduz in the north. Other stories include a pledge to stop child abuse and the first year in office of the National Unity Government.  

    PDF icon Afghanistan in September 2015.pdf
  • Bond: State of the World's Emergencies, August 2015

    The Bond Humanitarian and Conflict Policy groups have produced a briefing for new members of parliament, designed to give an overview of some of the world’s most fragile situations and highlight actions which key influencers can take to ensure the UK government most effectively delivers on its moral and political responsibilities.The basic humanitarian needs of people affected by conflict and natural disasters around the world are increasing. More and more people urgently require food, water, shelter and other assistance to survive, and new and ongoing conflicts force ever greater numbers of people from their homes.The State of the World’s Emergencies draws on the expertise of individuals and organisations who are either actively operational in the contexts cited, or working to raise awareness in the UK of the challenges faced by people experiencing humanitarian disasters, conflict and upheaval. BAAG authored the Afghanistan chapter. The report was sent to new MPs in July, and in the build-up to World Humanitarian Day on 19 August, Bond and a number of partners will be raising awareness of the state of the world’s emergencies.

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  • BAAG: Policy position paper on Good Governance, 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 - Good Governance final version 22Jul15.pdf