BAAG reports

  • 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
  • GAPS & BAAG: Women’s Rights in the Future Development Framework, October 2014

    Ahead of the London Conference on Afghanistan (4th December 2014), Gender Action for Peace & Security UK (GAPS UK) members and those BAAG members supporting women's rights programmes prepared the attached document for the British government.  Members advocated for greater participation of Afghan women in the conference, follow up and decision making generally, along with practical implementation of laws and activities to improve women's rights in Afghanistan. 

    PDF icon GAPS-BAAG Women's Rights Paper - Final - 07102014.pdf
  • BAAG: Monthly report, August 2014

    Our monthly 2-page review of the core news and developments from Afghanistan.  August saw continued wrangling over the election run-off vote audit.  Security incidents continued, and Kabul was rocked by a brutal criminal attack on the men and women of a family travelling home.

    PDF icon Afghanistan in August 14.pdf
  • BAAG: Monthly report, September 2014

    Our monthly 2-page review of the key news and developments from Afghanistan.  September 2014 finally saw resolution to the drawn-out and questionable presidential elections.  In other news, intense fighting in Helmand province continued to take a toll, corruption offenses were pursued and Afghans found creative ways to spread messages of peace and reconciliation. 

    PDF icon Afghanistan in Sep 14.pdf
  • NATO: Response from the Secretary General to ENNA & BAAGs letter, July 2014

    In June, ENNA (the European Network of NGOs in Afghanistan) and BAAG wrote to the Secretary General of NATO on their recommendations ahead of the September 2014 NATO Summit.  The attached response from Ander Fogh Rasmussen was received in July.  In it, he states his agreement that forming a permanent position for the currently temporary Special Representative for Women, Peace & Security is a priority.  He also refers to the development of the UNSCR 1325 Action Plan, and to the progress made by the ISAF Gender Adviser since her deployment in April.  

    PDF icon NATO response to ENNA Summit letter July14.pdf
  • BAAG: Monthly report, July 2014

    Our monthly 2-side summary of the key news and developments from Afghanistan.  July 2014 was marred by multiple civilian casualties in a number of shocking incidents.  This whilst the government was in turmoil caused by disagreements by both contenders in the presidential election run-off vote.  Some positives were seen in the success of activists in amending a contraversial law and the continued rise of the national cricket team. 

    PDF icon Afghanistan in July 14.pdf
  • BAAG/LSE: Afghanistan in the British Print Media, June 2014

    BAAG commissioned student researchers from the London School of Economics to review the last 5 years of coverage of Afghanistan by the British print/online news media.  The findings confirmed our suspicions - only 4.3% of news articles focused on aid and development in the country, the majority were focused on the war, conflict and military intervention.  Moreover, many of those few articles regarding aid and development presented these in a negative light.  With the fear that interest and therefore funding to Afghanistan will wane with the withdrawal of international combat troops, BAAG's report looks at the role of the media in rebalancing the narrative about Afghanistan's future. 

    PDF icon BAAG Report Afg British Media Jun14.pdf
  • ENNA & BAAG: Women's security in Afghanistan - Recommendations to NATO, June 2014

    BAAG partnered with ENNA -  the European Network of NGOs in Afghanistan - to provide recommendations ahead of the NATO Summit planned for September 2014 and the Foreign Ministers meeting in June.  Progress in women’s rights in Afghanistan represents a key indicator of change that lays the foundations of an inclusive, democratic and peaceful society. Advances in women’s rights and participation – in education, employment, public life and other spheres – are primarily an achievement of Afghans themselves. Yet, NATO and the international community at large continue to have a critical role to play – as well as responsibilities – to ensure that these hard-won and still fragile gains are consolidated and expanded. ENNA, BAAG and their members provide recommendations to ensure that preparations for the NATO summit are effectively informed by the analysis and experience of both international and Afghan civil society organisations (CSOs), and to outline actions and outcomes that NATO should prioritise, so that their strategies to promote the rights of Afghan women and girls and participation of Afghan women are successful and sustainable.

    PDF icon Joint Recommendations BAAG ENNA to NATO -June 2014.pdf
  • BAAG: Monthly report, June 2014

    BAAG's monthly 2-page summary of the key news and developments in and from Afghanistan.  June was dominated by the controversies of the election run-off, but other news included a resurgence of Taliban activity in Helmand, an influx of Pakistani refugees in the eastern region and the signing of 2 important and long-awaited laws. 

    PDF icon Afghanistan in June 2014.pdf
  • BAAG: Consolidated lessons learnt from donor conferences, June 2014

    BAAG is organising a large scale civil society conference ahead of the London Conference on Afghanistan which will take place in the UK towards the end of 2014, co-hosted by the UK and Afghan governments.  As part of our planning and consultation process, we contacted various organisations involved in previous donor conferences on Afghanistan, such as those held in London, Bonn and Tokyo.  This report captures their feedback on the challenges faced in ensuring Afghan civil society has a voice in such conferences, but also indicates how progressive improvements have been made in recent years. 

    PDF icon Consolidated lessons learnt re. donor conferences 210514.pdf
  • BAAG: Monthly report, May 2014

    BAAG's monthly 2 page report of the key news and developments in Afghanistan.  May's news was dominated by both the first round results of the April elections and the devastating landslides and flooding in the north of the country.  In addition there were uplifting stories of wheel-chair basketball and calls for greater participation of women in the judicial system. 

    PDF icon Afghanistan in May 2014.pdf
  • BAAG: Monthly report, April 2014

    BAAG's monthly 2 page review of the key news and developments from Afghanistan.  April 2014 was dominated by the presidential and provincial elections, with a successful first round voting day.  Other news includes the humanitarian crisis following flash floods, a spate of violence conducted by rogue Afghan policemen and the success of students who were the first to complete all their education since the fall of Taliban rule. 

    PDF icon Afghanistan in April.pdf
  • BAAG: Monthly report, March 2014

    Our monthly 2-page summary of the main developments and news from Afghanistan.  March saw the Afghan journalist community boycotting Taliban news following the murder of 2 of their own, drop-outs from the Presidential candidates race and funding pledges from Sweden, Japan,  the UN and a footballer. 

    PDF icon Afghanistan in March 2014.pdf
  • BAAG: Understanding Gender Programming & Issues in Afghanistan, March 2014

    BAAG's briefing paper was drafted ahead of our Getting it Right Gender Conference, held in London on March 26th & 27th.  It summarises key points raised during BAAG's earlier gender programme activities, including discussions by 4 leading Gender specialists on programme successes and challenges (held in May 2013) and points raised  during a week of discussions on violence against women & girls (VAWG) by 3 leading Afghan women's rights activitists (held in July 2013).The paper includes comments on the increased need for men and boys to be included in women's rights programming, the need for experienced and specialist staff to design and run gender programmes and the dangers of inconsistent gender policies within the donor community. 

    PDF icon BAAG Briefing Note_Understanding Gender_FINAL.pdf
  • BAAG: Monthly report, February 2014

    Our monthly 2-page round up of the main news and developments in Afghanistan.  February highlights include the launch of campaigning by the Presidential candidates, a Valentine's Day protest by women in Kabul, continued political wrangling over the Bilateral Security Agreement and success in Afghan cricket. 

    PDF icon Afghanistan in February 2014.pdf