Governance Forum on Afghanistan (Govern4Afg)

Founder(s): GIZ
Status: In Progress

The project “Governance Forum for Afghanistan” (Govern4Afg) has been launched by the German Development Cooperation. It is a platform for dialogue on governance in Afghanistan. However, the important feature in this project is the research and policy papers that underpin this dialogue and continually generate evidence-based and scientific inputs.

The research endeavor is implemented by GIZ, KfW with the full support of the Afghan – German Consortium composed of AREU, GOPA, and JS Consultancy.  AREU was chosen as the lead in Afghanistan with its expertise in conducting quality, policy-relevant research with its ongoing communication and advocacy contributing to the development of inclusive and transparent policymaking processes;

The project’s implementation period which runs from 2015-2017 specifically aims to:

  • contribute to an enhanced understanding of the governance context in Afghanistan and a more in-depth and systematic development of governance-related topics.
  • develop a network of experts and professional expertise on governance and Afghanistan and providing support and advice to Afghan and German decision makers and GDC programs
  • analyse and monitor governance trends and related topics, documenting lessons learnt and participating in the scientific discussion.
  • advise governance and related sector programs on measures for strengthening synergies and interfaces
  • ensure visibility of impacts of the governance sector and synergy projects in other focal areas.

How does the program carry out its verifiable objectives?

These objectives will be achieved via these core processes:

  • Governance dialogues: Govern4Afgas an interactive platform for Afghan and German experts, practitioners and decision-makers facilitates multi-stakeholder dialogue on Afghanistan’s governance agenda. Roundtables, thematic working groups, and research/policy paper presentations are organised throughout the year.
  • Research and policy analysis:Govern4Afg as a think tank aims at deepening analysis by conducting research and developing 12 policy papers on governance themes. The project will also provide governance related advice and expertise to the ongoing programs of the Afghan – German development cooperation.
  • Communication and Knowledge management:Govern4Afgas a communication and awareness-raising a platform that facilitates access to scientific information in the governance sector in Afghanistan and provides visibility to the impact of ongoing initiatives to promote awareness among the public, but also lead to evidence-based decision making.

For further information, kindly visit the link: govern4afg.org

Publications from this research project:

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

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

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 of Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) implementation in Afghanistan. It provides an overview of GRB as an internationally applied, gender-mainstreaming strategy and as

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

The Role of Civil Society in Promoting Good Governance in Afghanistan

As part of the Governance Forum Afghanistan (“Govern4Afg”) project, this study aims to assess the role of civil society in promoting good governance in Afghanistan by critically examining the players, their roles, and the challenges that they face. Finally, it

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

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

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,

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

This issue paper on provincial planning and budgeting contributes to the overall objective of the Governance Forum Afghanistan (“Govern4Afg”) project by assessing the existing planning and budgeting mechanisms and This issue paper on provincial planning and budgeting contributes to the

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

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

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