BAAG reports

  • 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: 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/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: 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
  • BAAG: Transition and Non-Government Organizations in Afghanistan, January 2014

    BAAG, in partnership with ENNA (European Network of NGOs in Afghanistan) and APPRO (Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization), surveyed various NGOs operating in Afghanistan in mid-late 2013.  This research reveals their concerns and recommendations on the various scenarios which could result from the security, political and financial transitions of 2014.  Whilst all surveyed NGOs are firmly committed to continuing their programmes in Afghanistan, there are various complex issues they and their donors must address. 

    PDF icon NGOs in Transition.pdf
  • BAAG: Monthly report, January 2014

    January's 2-page review of the month's news and developments from Afghanistan includes updates on electoral proceedings, comments on security incidents which included an unprecedented attack on ex-patriots in Kabul and encouraging economic and sporting progress. 

    PDF icon Afghanistan in January 2014.pdf
  • BAAG: Monthly report, December 2013

    Our monthly 2-page summary of the main developments and news stories.  Highlights for December include the sad increase in violence against aid workers and journalists, an overall positive perception survey by The Asia Foundation and increased commitment to maternal health programmes.  

    PDF icon BAAG Afghanistan in Dec 2013.pdf
  • BAAG: Monthly report, November 2013

    This month's review of the key developments in Afghanistan includes warnings from both sides on the Bilateral Security Agreement, positive news for one presidential nominee and a possible backward step for human rights. 

    PDF icon Afghanistan in November 2013.pdf
  • 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