Aid effectiveness

  • ODI: Humanitarian Space: a review of trends and issues, April 2012

    The Humanitarian Policy Group at the UK's Overseas Development Institute analyses humanitarian aid over the last decade.  Using Afghanistan and other examples, Sarah Collinson and Samir Elhawary chart the way that 'Humanitarian Space' has evolved since the Cold War.  They dispute the "consensus among humanitarian actors" that, in the last 10 years, this space has been shrinking.

    PDF icon ODI Humanitarian Space April 2012.pdf
  • ICAI: DFID Programme Controls and Assurance in Afghanistan, March 2012

    The Independent Commission for Aid Impact ( ICAI) assesses DFID’s systems of control and assurance over its multi-million dollar aid programme in Afghanistan. These systems are important because they help to minimise the risk of theft, fraud and corruption.

    PDF icon Programme Controls and Assurance in Afghanistan March 2012.pdf
  • BAAG: Losing The Ability To Dream - Afghan perceptions of UK aid, March 2012

    BAAG’s new report finds that whilst huge sums of aid money have been channelled into Afghanistan, it remains one of the world’s poorest countries. Some progress has been made, but Government institutions remain weak and dependent on foreign aid.The report combines reviews of official statistics on aid flows along with Afghan perceptions. It illustrates how difficult it is to pull together a coherent picture of UK aid because of the large and complex body of data available. Afghan voices indicate concern about the 2014 deadline, that UK aid is politicised and that better quality aid is needed.Read the full report 

    PDF icon BAAG 2012 'Losing the Ability to Dream'.pdf
  • Feinstein International Centre, Tufts University: Winning Hearts and Minds? Examining the Relationship Between Aid and Security in Afghanistan, January 2012

    Research in five provinces and Kabul examining the complex factors that drive insecurity in Afghanistan and investigating the impact of aid projects on insecurity.

    PDF icon Examining the Relationship Between Aid and Security in Afghanistan Jan. 2012.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
  • US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Evaluating US Foreign Assistance to Afghanistan, June 2011

    This report paints a picture of uneven, sometimes ineffective, US aid projects and calls for a re-evaluation of how that aid is delivered.

    PDF icon Evaluating US Foreign Assistance to Afghanistan June 2011.pdf
  • Global Humanitarian Assistance: Afghanistan: Tracking major resource flows 2002-2010, January 2011

    Detailed breakdown of how billions of dollars of international aid has been spent.

    PDF icon Afghanistan Tracking major resource flows 2002-2010 Jan. 2011.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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  • ACBAR: Falling Short, April 2008

    Report by network of aid agencies working in Afghanistan finds that international aid has been insufficient and often wasteful.

    PDF icon ACBAR Falling Short April 2008.pdf
  • ActionAid: Gaps in Aid Accountability, February 2008

    Report studying the finances of the National Solidarity Programme in Afghanistan

    PDF icon Gaps in Aid Accountability Feb. 2008.pdf

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