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State-building and Local Governance

Founder(s): DFID; World Bank; EC
Status: Completed
Publications from this research project:

Proceedings of a Roundtable Discussion on Subnational Corruption

Proceedings of a roundtable discussion on subnational corruption, held in the library of the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit on 8 June 2010 with approximately 25 participants. The event followed the release of an AREU paper on the subject, co-authored Read More

Corrupting the State or State-Crafted Corruption? Exploring the Nexus between Corruption and Subnational Governance

Corruption is a central concern of Afghan citizens and a major issue on the political agenda of and for Afghanistan. It has been identified as a major threat to stability, peace-building and state-building. Co-authored by three experts in the field, Read More

Subnational State-Building in Afghanistan

Since 2004, the Afghan government and its international partners have become increasingly aware that issues and challenges surrounding subnational governance in Afghanistan are crucial to national development, stability, and security. This period has also been a time of extraordinary change Read More

Aiding the State? International Assistance and the Statebuilding Paradox in Afghanistan

This briefing paper explores the relationship between foreign aid, statebuilding and the crisis currently facing Afghanistan. It analyses the effects of assistance to date, and presents a series of recommendations for future action by the Afghan government and donors.

Moving Forward? Assessing Public Administration Reform in Afghanistan

This briefing paper examines the successes and failures of the Afghan government’s public administration reform programme and makes recommendations for its improvement.

Provincial Governance Structures in Afghanistan: From Confusion to Vision?

This briefing paper examines the roles of provincial councils and provincial development committees in the context of the government’s vision for reforming subnational governance.

Key Issues in Local Governance (PowerPoint)

An AREU presentation by governance researcher Sarah Lister.

Caught in Confusion: Local Governance Structures in Afghanistan

In the context of a lack of strategic consensus, this briefing paper lays out the main issues around the structures and processes of local governance, particularly in relation to the role of provincial and district councils.

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