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Life in the times of ‘late development’: Livelihood trajectories in Afghanistan, 2016-2002

Since 2002, over three rounds of study, the fortunes of a small panel of rural case households in diverse locations in Afghanistan have been tracked over time. The evidence that has been collected offers a unique, deep and longitudinal insight Read More

Subnational Governance in Afghanistan

This issue paper on subnational Governance in Afghanistan, presented to the public in July 2016, is the outcome of an intense process of desk as well as empirical research and discussions involving different stakeholders. Currently, Afghanistan has a centralised government Read More

Livelihood trajectories in Afghanistan: Evidence from three villages in Herat Province

Poverty levels in Afghanistan have remained largely unchanged despite considerable international investment. This report examines the underlying reasons, drawing on a longitudinal study – ongoing since 2003 – of households in three villages in the Pashtun Zarghun district of Heart.

Livelihood trajectories in Afghanistan: Silent violence in Kandahar Province

This study on livelihood trajectories in Kandahar is part of the third round of a panel survey tracking the fortunes of rural Afghan households. It explores the contrasting trajectories – improving, declining and coping – across the study households.

Transitional Justice: Views from the Ground on How Afghanistan Fares

The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU),after four years of publishing on how best to deal with the painful past, is releasing another issues paper entitled “Transitional Justice: Views from the Ground on How Afghanistan Fares.”Transitional justice, as the “range Read More

Time to Move on-Developing an Informed Development Response to Opium Poppy Cultivation in Afghanistan

After almost 15 years since the fall of the Taliban, the policy discussion on counternarcotics remains uncertain of which way to proceed. In large part, this is because policy discussion is shaped by a superficial or misguided understanding of opium Read More

Gender-Responsive Budgeting in Afghanistan: A Work in Progress

The aim of this issue paper is to take stock of the conceptual setting and the current level ofGender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) implementation in Afghanistan. It provides an overview of GRB as an internationally applied, gender-mainstreaming strategy and as an Read More

Saffron: The social relations of production

Saffron is promoted in Afghanistan as a legal alternative to opium growing and for its potential to generate job opportunities, especially for women. But has it succeeded in creating growth and transforming women’s lives?

Civil Service Reform in Afghanistan: Roles and Functions of the Civil Service Sector

This issue paper aims to conduct a broader analysis of the civil service and key policy reform processes in the sector. It seeks to understand the functions and role of the civil service sector and identify mechanisms to foster multi-level Read More

Using village context analysis in Afghanistan: methods and wider implications

The purpose of this paper is to draw out the programmatic significance of the findings that there are systematic differences between villages in Afghanistan in the behaviour of village elites and their support for the welfare of village households and Read More