Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium

Founder(s): EU, ODI
Status: Completed
SLRC is undertaking research in eight focus countries; Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Uganda, and Afghanistan. The Afghanistan research programme is being led by the AREU.
The project is structured around three research themes linked to the overall SLRC research agenda:
- Village governance, service delivery and aid programmes;
-ٍ Economic Life and Livelihood Trajectories; and
– Service delivery and capacity building of regional social orders.
The research in Afghanistan commenced in spring 2013. For more detail on the research consortium, visit the official SLRC page here.
Publications from this research project:

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.

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?

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

Seeing like the networked state: Subnational governance in Afghanistan

Instead of the strong, merit-based institutions that provide ‘good’ governance and access to basic services envisioned at the Bonn conference, governance in Afghanistan rests on highly exclusionary and volatile networks of access. Regional elite networks, and the system as a

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

“90% real”– The rise and fall of a rentier economy: Stories from Kandahar, Afghanistan

This ethnographic study started as an enquiry into the employment opportunities rural migrants have found on the informal margins of Kandahar’’s urban economy. It broadened into a more general investigation into the rise and fall of the city’’s economy since

Taking village context into account in Afghanistan

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

Politics and governance in Afghanistan: The case of Kandahar

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

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,

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