Development

  • BAAG: Fulfilling Afghan Futures - civil society priorities post-2014, March 2015

    On 3rd December 2014, BAAG hosted the Ayenda Conference, the civil society associated event of the London Conference on Afghanistan. 250 attendees, including 53 Afghan civil society representatives, discussed development and rights priorities & recommendations for the new Afghan government and international donors.  This report captures the messages of that day, along with those from preliminary discussions and various position papers prepared by Afghan and international civil society. It aims to disseminate Afghan-focused development and humanitarian expertise to an international audience of practitioners, policy makers and donors and inform both future national and international policy related to Afghanistan and future civil society programming and initiatives.

    PDF icon BAAG_Ayenda Fulfilling Afghan Futures Mar15.pdf
  • Mercy Corps: Does youth employment build stability?, January 2015

    Mercy Corp's INVEST programme (Introducing New Vocational Education and Skills Training) in Helmand provided a valuable opportunity to explore the economic reasons that may lead to a propensity towards political violence and insurgency.  Though not an original hypothesis of the programme, this quasi-experimental, mixed methodology impact evaluation contributes to research on the relationship between employment and stability. 

    PDF icon MercyCorps_youth employment stability Jan15.pdf
  • London Conference on Afghanistan communique, December 2014

    The official communique of the London Conference on Afghanistan (4th December 2014).  All country delegations, along with input from civil society (including BAAG and some of its members), contributed to and agreed the statements.  These included recognition of the progress made in Afghanistan since the Tokyo 2012 conference and before, the continuing development, governance and security challenges to be addressed, the Afghan government's Reform Agenda and the need for partnerships, including with Afghan and international civil society.  

    PDF icon The-London-Conference-on-Afghanistan-Communique.pdf
  • Civil society speeches from the London Conference on Afghanistan, December 2014

    The London Conference on Afghanistan was held on 3rd and 4th December.  On the 3rd BAAG hosted the Ayenda Conference: Fulfilling Afghan Futures, a half day civil society conference.  On the morning of the 4th, 10 Afghan civil society and 5 international NGO representatives met with the British Secretary of State for International Development, the CEO of Afghanistan and various other heads of country delegations for a one hour round-table.  And throughout the rest of the 4th,  59 country delegations attended the main London Conference, in which three Afghan civil society speeches were delivered.  Attached are the civil society speeches delivered at the Ayenda Conference and the London Conference.  

    PDF icon 1 - Key Note Speech in Ayenda Conference.pdf, PDF icon 2 - Closing Remarks Ayenda.pdf, PDF icon 3 - London conference speech Freshta Karimi.pdf, PDF icon 4 - London Confrence Speech Barry Salaam.pdf, PDF icon 6 - Ayenda Speech Barry Salaam.pdf, PDF icon 7 - Ayenda Speech Freshta Karimi.pdf, PDF icon 8 - LCA Women's Rights speech Arezo Qanih.pdf
  • BAAG: Synthesis of Afghan & International Civil Society Papers for The London Conference on Afghanistan, December 2014

    BAAG produced this helpful synthesis of the numerous Afghan and international civil society papers prepared ahead of the London Conference on Afghanistan.  It aims to provide a snap-shot of the common and key recommendations coming from both groups, providing a simplified background to some of the more detailed points raised in the LCA and BAAG's Ayenda Conference.  Thanks to ENNA for their contributions to this report. 

    PDF icon Synthesis Paper Combined Final Draft.pdf
  • Government of Afghanistan: Realizing Self Reliance - Commitments to Reforms & Renewed Partnership, December 2014

    President Ashraf Ghani presents his government's vision for reform and international cooperation ahead of his jointly co-hosted London Conference on Afghanistan (4th December 2014).  The Government lays out four key challenges facing Afghanistan and matches these with a series of commitments ‘intended to give credibility to the claims through immediate and near-term actions, and to trigger a longer process of reform’. 

    PDF icon REALIZING SELF-RELIANCE- FINAL Dec2.pdf
  • AREU: Why do children undertake the unaccompanied journey?, December 2014

    The issue of children undertaking unaccompanied journeys abroad has been the focus of increasing concern. Amongst the drivers of this phenomenon have been the rising numbers of unaccompanied children arriving in Europe and concerns relating to the particular protection needs of children, the risks associated with the journey and the fact that they typically travel irregularly, often with the assistance of smuggling networks.Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) is an independent research organisation based in Kabul. This new publication comesfrom joint research by AREU and the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The overall purpose of the research is to gain further knowledge on the specific circumstances and motivations leading Afghan children to travel to Europe and other industrialised countries. Such knowledge may serve to inform future policies and strategic planning on the issue of unaccompanied child movements from Afghanistan, as a country that figures prominently amongst countries sending unaccompanied children to Europe, Australia, Pakistan, Iran and other countries.

    PDF icon 1424EWhy do children undertake the unaccompanied journey.pdf
  • Afghan CSOs: Support to Afghan Civil Society in the Decade of Transformation, November 2014

    Ahead of the London Conference on Afghanistan (4th December 2014), 22 Afghan civil society organisations (CSOs) collaborated to produce the attached briefing paper.  Amongst the numeous thematic papers produced by organisations, theirs focused more specifically on the role of civil society itself - to both support the new Afghan government in the delivery of reforms and services, but also to hold that government accountable on behalf of the Afghan people.  They present recommendations to the government and international community which could help civil society flourish and become a genuine partner in Afghanistan's future. 

    PDF icon Support to Afghan Civil Society in Decade of Transformation.pdf
  • Harakat: Private sector reform priorities for London Conference, November 2014

    Harakat is an independent, non-profit grant making organisation which aims to improve Afghanistan's business environment.  In October 2014 they organised in Kabul a large-scale workshop of Afghan business men and women to consider the private sector's priority reform recommendations to the new government. 47 recommendations came out of the workshop which were refined into 11 priority requests to be tabled at the private sector event of the London Conference.  These include 'one stop shops' for business owners to manage their business administration needs, increasing the availability of financing, develop policies and frameworks for public private partnerships and develop a national railway system. 

    PDF icon Harakat-Private Sector Reform Priorities for London Conference Nov14.pdf
  • Development Initiatives: Afghanistan beyond 2014, Aid & the Transformation Decade, November 2014

    Afghanistan has been the focus of large international aid and security investments since the US-led military intervention of 2001. There have been many major milestones for Afghanistan in 2014, and the country is now on the cusp of what has been termed the ‘Transformation Decade’ spanning from 2015 to 2024. This period of transition brings with it uncertainty about the future, including the nature of international donor support and the ability of the Afghan state and economy to meet its financing needs.This report tracks three major areas of international spending that have a direct bearing on the daily lives of Afghan people: humanitarian, development and security spending. It also considers the domestic economic outlook and the choices donors face in recalibrating their partnerships and investments to protect and build on hard-won development and security gains made since 2001. 

    PDF icon DevelopInit Afghanistan Beyond 2104.pdf
  • CSJWG: Position Paper for London Conference, November 2014

    Ahead of the London Conference on Afghanistan, the Civil Society Joint Working Group (CSJWG), a membership network of local, community and grass-roots Afghan civil society organisations, prepared the paper below.  It highlights their review of the current situation, past achievements and future needs in the following thematic sections: Democratic reform; Governance, Rule of law and Human Rights; Government revenues, Budget execution and Sub-national Governance; Economic growth and Development; Continued partnership and Aid effectiveness; the Role of civil society.  

    PDF icon Civil-society-position-paper-london-conf-23Nov2014.pdf
  • JVC: Japanese CSOs’ Proposals for the London Conference on Afghanistan, October 2014

    On behalf of a group of sixteen Japanese CSOs (Civil Society Organizations) working on reconstruction and development assistance in Afghanistan, the Japanese International Volunteer Centre (JVC) prepared the attached position paper.  Directed to the hosts and participants of the London Conference on Afghanistan (4th December 2014), their paper highlights the areas they consider to be critical to the development of Afghanistan as it enters the Transformational Decade - financial support, basic services, women's and human rights, governance, aid effectiveness and the role of civil society. 

    PDF icon JPN CSOs' Proposals for London Conference (Eng) (Final).pdf
  • Global Witness: Letter to President of Afghanistan regarding natural resources, October 2014

    Global Witness have long campaigned for stronger governance of Afghanistan's natural resources - seen by many as a key to the country's financial development but equally posing threats to corruption and continued insecurity.  Ahead of the London Conference on Afghanistan (4th December 2014), they wrote letters to the co-hosts, President Ashraf Ghani and Prime Minister David Cameron.  These letters explain the issues that could arise from current legislation and asks for commitment to the reform of these.  

    File 20141016 Tokyo CSO letter draft to President Ghani.docx
  • ACBAR: Transforming development beyond Transition, October 2014

    BAAG's partner in Afghanistan, ACBAR, have produced 4 thematic and 1 summary position paper for the London Conference on Afghanistan, on 4th December.  These papers reflect the progress made since their previous papers for the Tokyo conference in 2012, and highlight the continuing needs, challenges and recommendations.  Their papers are on Women's Rights, Aid Effectiveness, Service Delivery and Governance.  

    PDF icon Transforming Development Beyond Transition in Afghanistan AID EFFECTIVENESS.pdf, PDF icon Transforming Development Beyond Transition in Afghanistan GOVERNANCE.pdf, PDF icon Transforming Development Beyond Transition in Afghanistan SERVICE.pdf, PDF icon Transforming Development Beyond Transition in Afghanistan Womens Rights.pdf, PDF icon Transforming Development Beyond Transition in Afghanistan SUMMARY.pdf
  • 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

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