• E-International Relations: Aid Rentierism & State Building in Afghanistan, May 2014

    PhD student Sarajuddin Isar provides analysis on how the Afghan government's dependence on international aid has adversely affected its state building efforts.

    PDF icon Sarajuddin, A Blessing or a Curse.pdf
  • Global Witness: Analysing Afghanistan's Draft Mining Law, November 2013

    Published as Afghanistan's parliament meet to discuss the proposed mining law, Global Witness's report highlights several areas of concern in the draft.  These include no provision prohibiting illegal armed groups, militias or members of the national army from benefiting from mining; lack of safeguards against corruption in the bidding process for mining concessions; provisions that appear to give companies an unlimited right to use water, potentially endangering thousands of livelihoods and creating a huge risk of local conflict; and dispute resolution and local employment clauses which could exclude local communities.  Read the report here. 

  • World Bank: Afghanistan Economic Update, October 2013

    Afghanistan's economic activity and private investment are slowing at a considerable rate, largely due to increased uncertainty surrounding the political and security transition.  The projected economic growth rate of 14.4 per cent in 2012 is now projected at 3.1 per cent in 2013.  Read the full report here. 

    PDF icon World Bank Afghan Economic Oct 2013.pdf
  • World Bank:Afghanistan Economic Update, April 2013

    This report examines how Afghanistan's economy is faring during the transition process as international forces withdraw and the Afghan government takes over full responsibility for security and governance.  It finds that growth remains robust, but the medium term outlook remains tainted by uncertainty.

    PDF icon Afghanistan Economic Update April 2013.pdf
  • USIP: Afghanistan's Mineral Resources

    A new paper from the United States Institute of Peace analyses the implications of Afghanistan’s huge untapped mineral reserves for economic growth and stability.  The paper, "Political Economy and Conflict Dimensions of Afghanistan's Mineral Resources", examines the opportunities and risks surrounding the exploitation of these resources.  The paper discusses different categories of resources and puts forward some basic recommendations to help guide policy.

    PDF icon USIP Afghanistan's Mineral Resources Dec. 2012.pdf
  • BAAG: Tokyo Briefing Paper - Aid Effectiveness/Economic Development, July 2012

    BAAG's policy paper ahead of the 2012 Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan highlights the barriers to aid effectiveness and development.  These include corruption, slow economic growth and aid distributions focused more on political and security priorities than Afghan needs.  Twelve recommendations are posed to the donor community and Afghan government. 

    PDF icon BAAG-Aid-Effectiveness-and-Economic-Development-FINAL.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
  • World Bank: Afghanistan in Transition: Looking Beyond 2014, May 2012

    This report explores the ramifications which transition -the withdrawal of most international troops by 2014 - will have on Afghanistan's economic and development fabric.  It points out that the decline in external assistance will have widespread repercussions for Afghanistan’s political and economic landscape well beyond 2014.

    PDF icon World Bank Afghanistan in Transition May 2012.pdf
  • Global Witness: Getting to Gold

    The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has made welcome public pledges to transparency and good governance in its emerging mining sector. This paper considers how Afghanistan’s first mining concession contracts will support these commitments.

    PDF icon Getting to Gold April 2012.pdf
  • The World Bank: Transition in Afghanistan: Looking beyond 2014, November 2011

    How transition - the process whereby Afghanistan will assume full responsibility for security by 2014 - might affect the country's economy.

    PDF icon Looking beyond 2014 Nov. 2011.pdf Read the full report
  • 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.

    PDF icon 417E-Urban Vulnerability WP.pdf