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Transitional Justice: Views from the Ground on How Afghanistan Fares

1622E 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

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

1623E-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

Gender-Responsive Budgeting in Afghanistan: A Work in Progress

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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

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

1616E 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

Subnational Governance in Afghanistan

1615E 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

Bringing the State Closer to the People: Deconcentrating Planning and Budgeting in Afghanistan

1614E Bringing the State Closer to the People

The issue paper on Provincial Planning and Budgeting in Afghanistan, presented to the public in July 2016, examines public financial management processes and stakeholders. Due to the absence of a clear subnational governance framework, initial reforms with regard to public

The Role of Civil Society in Promoting Good Governance in Afghanistan

1613 The Role of Civil Society in Promoting Good Governance in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan the definition of civil society in the form of organisations and groups also includes shuras, jirgas, Community Development Councils and other traditional structures and representatives such as the ulemah or maliks. Due to traditionally weak state structures, these

Moving With the Times

Pages from 1611E Moving With the Times

Introduction There is much speculation that opium poppy cultivation will reach a new peak in Afghanistan in 2016,1 surpassing the previous high of 2014 when an estimated 224,000 hectares (ha) were grown.2 Indeed, signs of a potential “unprecedented” year were

Developing transboundary water: What perspectives for cooperation between Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan?

Pages from 1607E Developing transboundary water resources

Since the fall of the Taliban, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) has been actively trying to resume its hydraulic mission that was put on hold in the late 1970s. Improving water control through the construction of

A Balancing Act for Extractive Sector Governance

1610E A Balancing Act for Extractive Sector Governance

The first issue paper which is presented to the public in June 2016 concerns mining governance. Afghanistan is estimated to hold 1 to 3 trillion USD in untapped mineral deposits, ranging from lootable ones (such as gems, marble, gold, coal,