• 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.

    PDF icon USIP Justifying the Means March 2013.pdf
  • 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 ".

    PDF icon AREU Land, People, and the State in Afghanistan 2002-2012.pdf
  • 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.

    PDF icon Integrity Watch Shadow Justice Dec. 2012.pdf
  • 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.

    PDF icon Legal Aid in Afghanistan April 2012.pdf
  • AREU: Afghanistan: Looking ahead: Challenges for Governance and Community Welfare, December 2011

    Released ahead of the Bonn Conference, this report by the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit contains policy notes based on topics including governance, development and justice.

    PDF icon AREU Challenges for Governance and Community Welfare Dec. 2011.pdf
  • Integrity Watch Afghanistan: Hajigak - the Jewel of Afghan Mines , July 2011

    IWA reports on the potential opportunities - and risks - linked to plans to exploit Afghanistan’s largest iron mine.

    PDF icon Hajigak - the Jewel of Afghan Mine July 2011.pdf
  • AREU: Local Governance in Afghanistan: A View from the Ground, June 2011

    Research paper on how local government in Afghanistan has progressed and how it interacts with informal governance mechanisms.

    PDF icon AREU Local Governance in Afghanistan June 2011.pdf