Briefing note on fieldwork in Balkh Province, May 2015 Opium poppy and rural livelihoods

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The following notes describe very initial findings from fieldwork done in ten villages in Balkh Province’s Chimtal and Char Bolak Districts during the first two weeks of May 2015. Located west of Mazar-e Sharif, these areas have been counted among

Women and the Elections: Facilitating and Hindering Factors in the Upcoming Parliamentary Elections

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The policy note will briefly present a framework that can help us in analysing and drawing upon motivations for women voting and running for elections, and factors that facilitate and/or hinder their participation as voters and candidates; this will be

Taking village context into account in Afghanistan

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This study has investigated how different village contexts might influence the delivery of public goods and the impact of external interventions. It has formed part of AREU’s contribution to the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC), an eight-country, six-year research programme

Afghanistan Research Newsletter No. 31

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From 2005-2011 AREU’s library produced thirty issues of the Afghanistan research newsletter (the last issue was released in July/August 2011). For a number of reasons publication ceased; however, now with renewed interest AREU is again planning to bring out the

Afghanistan Research Newsletter

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From 2005-2011 AREU’s library produced thirty issues of the Afghanistan research newsletter (the last issue was released in July/August 2011). For a number of reasons publication ceased; however, now with renewed interest AREU has renewed publication of the newsletter on

The Politicisation of Afghanistan’s High Schools

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Political activism in Afghanistan’s high schools is not new. Already during the 1960s and 1970s, the country’s new political parties identified schools and universities as ideal recruitment grounds. The New Leftist and Islamist parties had significant numbers of teachers among

Politics and governance in Afghanistan: The case of Kandahar

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The second in a series of case studies undertaken by the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit(AREU) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) as part of the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC)’s work, this research aims to look at subnational governance

Mapping village variability in Afghanistan: The use of cluster analysis to construct village typologies

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The evidence and analysis reported in this paper point to important differences between villages in the ways village elite behaves and the consequences this might have for the generation of public goods, both old and new, within the village. Further,

AREU mourns the tragic loss of former director Paula Kantor

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the tragic loss of Dr. Paula Kantor in the aftermath of an attack at the Park Palace Hotel on Wednesday, May 13, in Kabul, Afghanistan. “Paula gave her life here – like

An Overview of Citizens’ Fundamental Rights: Challenges and Opportunities

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Despite a range of inconsistencies and linguistic inadequacies, the 2004 Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (IRoA) is a major step forward in establishing the fundamental rights and freedoms of citizens. This constitutional law codifies such fundamental rights of