• 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.

    PDF icon World Bank Winning Hearts and Minds through Development July 2012.pdf
  • ILO: Study on the State of Employment in Afghanistan, June 2012

    A new report from the International Labour Organisation stresses the need for a better long term approach to socio-economic development within Afghanistan.  The report is critical of current efforts, which it says focus too much on the creation of casual and short-term employment. The ILO says longer term employment projects and education programmes needed to help create sustainable economic and social growth.

    PDF icon ILO Study on the State of Employment in Afghanistan June 2012.pdf
  • Conclusions, International Conference on Afghanistan, Bonn, December 2011

    PDF icon The intl Afg Conference in Bonn 5 Dec 2011 - conf conclusions.pdf
  • ENNA/VENRO: Bonn - Priorities for action, December 2011

    Joint NGO position paper for Bonn Conference, signed by BAAG, European networks of NGOs working in Afghanistan and individual aid agencies.

    PDF icon Venro_PositionspaperAfghanistan-Bonn Conf final.pdf
  • Save the Children: Afghanistan in Transition: Putting Children at the Heart of Development, November 2011

    Save the Children assesses how international aid has changed Afghan children’s lives since 2001 and puts forward proposals for child-oriented “smart development” policies for the future.

    PDF icon Save the Children - Afghanistan in Transition Nov. 2011.PDF
  • UN Human Development Report, November 2011

    The latest annual UNDP report ranks Afghanistan at 172nd out of 187 countries in terms of living standards using composite measures of health, education and income.

    PDF icon UN Human Development Report Nov. 2011.pdf
  • Istanbul Process on Regional Security and Cooperation for a Secure and Stable Afghanistan, November 2011

    Declaration from Afghan government and neighbouring countries.

    PDF icon Istanbul Process Nov 2 2011.pdf
  • International Crisis Group: Aid and Conflict in Afghanistan, August 2011

    ICG says that billions of dollars of aid have failed to achieve a politically stable and economically viable Afghanistan. It says the international community lacks a coherent policy to strengthen the state ahead of the withdrawal of most foreign forces by  2014.

    PDF icon Aid and Conflict in Afghanistan Aug. 2011.pdf
  • DFID: Afghanistan Operational Plan 2011- 2015, May 2011

    Summary of the Department of International Development’s planned work in Afghanistan during transition, including project aims, partners and methodology.

    PDF icon DFID afghanistan-2011-5-summary.pdf
  • Kabul Conference Communiqué, July 2010

    The international community renews its commitment to Afghanistan.

    PDF icon Kabul Conference Communique.pdf
  • BAAG: An Alternative View, Conference Report, January 2010

    Ahead of the inter-ministerial London Conference on Afghanistan in January 2010, BAAG, with support from ACBAR (Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief) convened a one-day Afghan civil society conference.  This report presents the discussions, opinions and recommendations of those present - Afghan civil society leaders and activists, international development experts from NGOs and think tanks, members of Afghan government institutions and others.   The day culminated in the presentation of a civil society statement, their agreed recommendations on security, governance and development in Afghanistan to ministerial representatives of the co-hosts of The London Conference.

    PDF icon BAAG An Alternative View Conference 2010.pdf
  • Joint Agencies' report: Quick Impact, Quick Collapse: The Dangers of Militarised Aid in Afghanistan, January 2010

    How militarised aid has compromised development efforts in Afghanistan.  Joint report by ActionAid, Afghanaid, Care Afghanistan, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Oxfam and Trocaire

    PDF icon Quick Impact, Quick Collapse Jan. 2010.pdf
  • NGOs and Humanitarian Reform: Mapping Study Afghanistan Report, May 2009

    This report highlights key challenges and dilemmas that the humanitarian community in general, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in particular, are facing in Afghanistan today. The report concludes with two overarching recommendations. The first is that in order to enhance the perception of neutrality, independence and impartiality of their humanitarian activities, particularly in those areas of the country where working with legitimate local authorities is no longer possible, NGOs should establish a Humanitarian Consortium that would distinguish itself from other actors on the ground by a recognizable symbol (e.g. pink vehicles or a particular logo) and by a set of 3 principled, clear and transparent operational guidelines.The second relates to the urgent need to launch a communications strategy aimed at the general public and all belligerents to explain the principles, objectives and modus operandi of consortium agencies. This should include efforts to ensure that the vernacular media provide a balanced presentation of humanitarian activities, a campaign to sensitise decision-makers at the sub-national level (provincial councils, governors, leading mullahs), including efforts directed at influencing the leadership of the insurgency on humanitarian access and the rights of civilians caught up in conflict.

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  • AREU: Urban vulnerability in Afghanistan - Case Studies From Three Cities, May 2004

    This paper attempts to shed light on the multiple forms vulnerability may take in urban Afghan settings, and is based on qualitative data gathered during eight weeks of focus groups in three cities: Kabul, Jalalabad and Herat. The research explores the risks faced by vulnerable groups in these areas, the strategies they employ to cope with those risks, and who is most susceptible to these risks.

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