• Report of the UN Secretary General to the Security Council, December 2013

    In his report, the Secretary General highlights the Presidential election nominee process, efforts to secure voter safety in the elections, progress towards signing of the Bilateral Security Agreement between the US and Afghanistan, a 13.2% increase in security incidents compared to 2012, UNCHR's concerns regarding human and women's rights and a 13% rise in civilian casualties.  Read the full report here. 

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  • Briefing by the SRSG for Afghanistan to the UN Security Council, December 2013

    Special Representative of the Secretary General for Aghanistan,  Ján Kubiš, provided a report to the UN Security Council on 17th December 2013.  His briefing included, amongst others, a call for fair and issues-based election in 2014, praise for continued dialogue between Afghanistan and Pakistan, the continuing 'menace' of opium production, responsible removal of explosive remnants of war by withdrawing NATO troops and concerns regarding current and future humanitarian needs.  Read the full briefing here. 

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  • US Department of Defense: Report on Progress toward Security & Stability in Afghanistan, November 2013

    With Afghan security forces responsible for the majority of security operations (95% of conventional operations and 98%  of special operations by time of reporting), this US report provides an optimistic picture of their abilities and the future security of the country.Compare this to the civilian casualty reports of 2013 and you'll see that this year proved to be the bloodiest since UNAMA started recording civilian casualties - calling into question the abilities of the ANSF and the strength of the insurgency.  

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  • ENNA: Letter to NATO Secretary General, October 2013

    ENNA - the European Network of NGOs in Afghanistan, of which BAAG is a member - submitted a letter on behalf of its members to Anders Fogh Rasmussen ahead of NATO’s Defence Ministers’ Meeting on the 22-23 October 2013.  The letter called upon NATO to uphold women's rights and participation in matters of Afghan security and peace building, along with requests for improved mechanisms to hold the Afghan National Security Forces accountable for their actions.  ENNA and BAAG members also forwarded the letter to Defense Ministers in their own governments.  Read the full letter here.  

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  • NATO: Secretary General's response to ENNA letter, October 2013

    NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen responded positively to the letter submitted by ENNA - the European Network of NGOs in Afghanistan, of which BAAG is a member - ahead of NATO’s Defence Ministers’ Meeting on the 22-23 October 2013.  NATO's commitment to ensuring Afghan National Security Forces uphold women's rights and participate in security is explained, as is their commitment to the elimination of civilian casualties and transparent accountability mechanisms in cases of these.  Read the full letter here. 

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  • Oxfam: Women and the Afghan Police, September 2013

    Twelve years after the fall of the Taliban, violence against women is on the increase. But millions of Afghan women will never see a female police officer in their communities, let alone be able to report a crime to one, with just one female police officer for every 10,000 women. Even where they are recruited, policewomen face serious challenges including discrimination, lack of training and facilities, sexual harassment, as well as social stigma.This report makes specific recommendations to the Afghan Government, but also makes suggestions to the UK as a donor to intensify efforts to reform the ANP and enhance women’s roles.  

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  • Report of the UN Secretary General to the Security Council, September 2013

    In his report, the UN Secretary General notes, amongst other points, the implications of the opening - and closure - of the Taliban's office in Doha, various electoral legislations recently passed, progress against the TMAF commitments discussed at the Senior Officials Meeting, increased civilian casualties and casualties amongst the Afghan National Security Forces and Police, concerns at recent appointments to the AIHRC and 64,000 people displaced by conflict in 2013.  Read the full report here. 

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  • Report of the UN Secretary General to the Security Council, June 2013

    Observations made by the Secretary General included various political parties exploring alliances ahead of the 2014 elections, the Taliban spring offensive focused on complex suicide and insider attacks (and subsequent attacks on the IOM and ICRC compounds), rising tensions on the Afghan and Pakistan border and an 88% increase in targeted killings of civilians deemed to be supporting the authorities.Read the full report here.  

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  • SIPRI: Europe, Afghanistan and the Transatlantic Relationship; May 2013

    For a decade Europe and American forces have worked side by side in Afghanistan.  The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute examines the key lessons learned during that time - and their implications for the future ability of the transatlantic partners to cooperate.  It considers what Europe can do, after international forces leave Afghanistan in 2014, to safeguard past achievements and help prevent further conflict.

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  • Report of the Secretary General on children and armed conflict, May 2013

    The latest report into global deaths and injuries to children highlights the increasing risks Afghan children face as a result of the on-going conflict in the country.  The report, published by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, also accuses armed groups within Afghanistan of recruiting and exploiting children.  It encourages the Afghan government to take steps to prevent the abuses.

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  • HPG/ODI: The Search for Common Ground, April 2013

    Through a series of case studies and other exchanges, this project aims to provide contextual analysis of how civil–military coordination mechanisms have functioned in disaster and conflict contexts in Afghanistan from 2002- 2013. Of key concern is what impact civil–military coordination mechanisms have had on the efficiency or effectiveness of humanitarian response, and on outcomes for affected populations.

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  • Report of the UN Secretary General to the Security Council, March 2013

    The Secretary General's report included comments on the planned opening of a Doha office for the Taliban, the launching of voter registration for the 2014 elections, a 10 year vision for the Afghan National Police presented to the International Police Coordination Board, an overall decrease in civilian casualties for 2012 and the report and subsequent investigations into mis-treatment of conflict-related detainees.Read the full report here. 

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  • Report of the UN Secretary General to the Security Council, December 2012

    The UN Secretary General's report includes comments on developing the Electoral Complaints Commission and an announcement of the timelines for the 2014 presidential and provincial elections, a series of peace events (including the international Peace Conference) organised by the High Peace Council and a decrease in security incidents compared to the same period in the previous year.  The Secretary General welcomed commitments demonstrated by the Afghan government to the terms of the Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework.Read the full report here. 

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  • Report of the UN Secretary General to the Security Council, September 2012

    This report provides an update on the activities of the United Nations in Afghanistan between June and September 2012, including work on humanitarian, development and human rights issues.  It also provides a summary of key political and security developments, along with regional and international events related to Afghanistan.

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  • World Bank: Winning Hearts and Minds through Development, July 2012

    This policy research working paper, based on a field experiment in Afghanistan, examines the effectiveness of development programmes in countering insurgency.  Its findings suggest that such programmes have a generally positive impact in relatively secure areas, but have little effect in areas which already have high levels of violence.

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