• Chatham House: Looking beyond 2014 - Elections in Afghanistan's evolving political context, February 2014

    Chatham House's briefing paper warns of the need for Afghans to look beyond the importance of selecting a successor to President Hamid Karzai, and to focus on issues such as the election process itself and the possible changes in patronage networks as politicians reposition themselves. 

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  • Chatham House: Anticipating and responding to fraud in the 2014 Afghan elections, February 2014

    Chatham House's briefing paper addresses the currently unanswered questions of what election outcomes and processes will be 'credible' and 'legitimate', given the strong likelihood of election fraud.  Afghans will have different perceptions and expectations of legitimacy to the international community, with the latter likely to face difficult decisions concerning possible intervention and support of outcomes.  

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  • Afghanistan Watch: Women in 2014 Transition, February 2014

    Afghanistan Watch's report summarises the findings of a series of regional conferences held in late 2013 to explore and encourage the political mobilization of Afghan women. Four main issues were discussed during the conferences: reconciliation with the Taliban, the presidential election, security and economic transitions. The report is based on the views of around 600 women who participated in seven regional conferences. Recommendations include requests to the government and the Independent Election Commission to establish initiatives encouraging the participation of women in the election; civil society organizations should exert pressure on the presidential candidates and candidates for the provincial councils to prioritize issues of women in their platforms and policies and to provide clear programs for improving the conditions of women; women's rights activists should establishing networks with women in leadership and policy-making positions to tackle issues concering reconciliation with the Taliban.

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  • TMAF: Report of the Special Joint Coordination & Monitoring Board Meeting, January 2014

    After the Senior Officials Meeting in July 2013, there followed a JCMB meeting in January 2014 to review progress against the six areas of commitment for the Government of Afghanistan and international community outlined in the TMAF (Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework) of 2012.  This report highlights progress to date and challenges remaining.  A Dari version is provided in our 'Reports in Dari' section.

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  • TMAF: Report of the Special Joint Coordination & Monitoring Board Meeting (Dari), January 2014

    After the Senior Officials Meeting in July 2013, there followed a JCMB meeting in January 2014 to review progress against the six areas of commitment for the Government of Afghanistan and international community outlined in the TMAF (Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework) of 2012.  This report highlights progress to date and challenges remaining.  An English version is provided in the 'Development' section. 

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  • USIP: Youth Mobilization and Political Constraints in Afghanistan, January 2014

    In this Special Report from The United Stated Institute of Peace (USIP) - a nonpartisan organisation developing and disseminating research and analysis on international conflicts - the authors investigate youth activism in Afghanistan today.  Drawing on over 100 interviews, the report examines the role and space for youth participation in Afghan politics.  Read the report here. 

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  • AAN: Local Afghan Power Structures & the International Military Intervention, November 2013

    The Afghanistan Analysts Network report examines how the presence of German and other international military forces has impacted local power structures in Kunduz and Badakhshan. These two provinces in Afghanistan’s northeast are explored as detailed case studies, helping to answer the critical question as to whether, in the context of the aims of international state building, ISAF forces have been successful in supporting Afghanistan’s central government to extend its authority to the periphery.Read the full report and Executive Summary 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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  • ICJ: Afghanistan's parties in transition; June 2013

    This International Crisis Group report traces the development of political parties in Afghanistan and how they might be affected by the "transition" process.  It says these parties are starting to shed their legacy as armed groups, but their "newfound legitimacy" will face its most serious challenge during the 2014 presidential election and 2015 parliamentary polls.

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  • Water Governance Models in Afghanistan: Filling the Gap

    This paper examines the necessity for water governance and resource management. The author states that Afghanistan is not a 'blank slate' as the international community believes, but that it must adapt to the institutional norms already in place.

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  • Integrity Watch: Mobilizing Communities for Court Watch, February 2013

    Integrity Watch Afghanistan spent six months studying a community monitoring programme of court trials in Bamyan and Kapisa provinces. Its report concludes that this programme has helped to make the judicial process slightly more transparent and accountable. Overall, it found that judges became slightly more open to the idea of community involvement in overseeing trials. And it recorded a significant rise in the number of trials which monitors were allowed to attend. 

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  • USIP: Justifying the Means, February 2013

    This United States Institute of Peace report focuses on local perceptions of the 2014 Presidential elections in Afghanistan.  Afghans interviewed expressed concerns about the forthcoming polls - particularly the fear that they might exacerbate existing political tensions.  Nevertheless, respondents remained broadly in favour of holding elections, seeing them as a potentially useful mechanism for selecting leaders. USIP outlines steps which should be taken by the Afghan government - and the international community - to ensure that the elections facilitate, as opposed to hinder, transition.

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  • AREU: Land, People, and the State in Afghanistan: 2002 – 2012

    This case study documents the changes in land relations and land governance since the signing of the Bonn Agreement in December 2001. It says that the decade began and ended with rhetoric against land grabbing. However, it adds that the practice now seems "too entrenched, too tacitly supported politically, and too expedient for private wealth creation by elites, to be halted ".

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  • Integrity Watch: Shadow Justice, December 2012

    This Integrity Watch report focuses on the sensitive issue of the Taliban's shadow justice system, which operates using mobile courts in remote parts of Afghanistan. Written by Antonio Giustozzi, Claudio Franco and Adam Baczko, it examines how that system works, how it has adapted over the years and how effective it is.  Sources for the report included interviews with members of the Taliban and people living in Taliban-controlled areas.

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  • AAN: Legal Aid in Afghanistan: Contexts, Challenges and the Future, April 2012

    The growth of legal aid services in criminal cases across Afghanistan has been a bright spot in justice reform efforts there over the past decade. But this report from the Afghanistan Analysts' Network warns that if these modest agains are to continue, stakeholders - including donors - must answer fundamental questions about how to make legal aid sustainable both financially and politically.

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