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

The rules of the game: Towards a theory of networks of access

1618E-The rules of the game_Towards a theory of networks of access

The post-Taliban state-building process began earnestly and with great optimism at the Bonn conference in 2001. At Bonn, the international community brought together a carefully selected group of Afghan stakeholders and created a new vision for the country’s future, premised

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

A Closer Look at Men and “Masculinities”: Their Proactive Contribution to Gender Equality

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Masculinity is defined as how people perceive male-ness. The overall goal of this research is a comprehensive understanding of different notions of being a man in Afghanistan and how they contribute to gender inequality. The study addressed boys’ and men’s

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,

“When Will Transitional Justice in Afghanistan

Pages from 1612E When Will Transitional Justice in Afghanistan1

The current study is undertaken to assess if the perceptions of Transitional Justice (TJ) are still as relevant when the “”call for justice” exercise was undertaken by the AIHRC. The participants and informants of the study were chosen from five

Agriculture for Nutrition in Afghanistan Stakeholder Consultation

1609 Press Release- Agriculture for Nutrition in Afghanistan

For centuries agriculture has been the mainstay of the Afghan society. While wheat is the principal food crop, fruits and nuts and livestock products such as wool have played a large part in subsistence, in local marketed production, and in

A State Built on Sand: How Opium Undermined Afghanistan

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A State Built on Sand: How Opium Undermined Afghanistan by renowned author, David Mansfield, examines why drug control has been imposed in Afghanistan and portrays an intimate understanding of rural Afghanistan, where he has worked for close to two decades.