Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit

Research and Reflection from Afghanistan

Welcome to the AREU Blog, where our staff talk about experiences in the field and comment on their areas of expertise. As such, the posts do not necessarily represent an official AREU position, but can provide insight into research in Afghanistan. You can subscribe to the blog using the RSS icon, which will also include updates on new AREU publications.

Don’t underestimate the power of blue fingers

04/09/2014 | Wamiqullah Mumtaz

Hopes of democracyincreased when people enormously participated in 2014 presidential election.The process was almost peaceful and security was tight. Slap of people onface of armed opposition. The election process was completely Afghanize.

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Fading 70s Splendour

01/23/2014 | Sofya Shahab

‘Ever green’ Jalalabad is Afghanistan’s tropical city. Littered with palm trees and a pleasant balmy climate, it bridges the gap to Pakistan: culturally, economically, and geographically. As part of the research for AREU’s component of the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC) we were here to investigate market mechanisms and the emerging private sector ahead of a more detailed trip planned for later in the month.

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2014 - Welcome!

01/01/2014 | Shukria Azadmanesh

There has been much speculation as to what the coming year will mean for Afghanistan - now that it is here, we're hoping the fears and speculation will be put to rest. This is 2014.

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Securing Livelihoods Research Consortium: Exploring the ground realties in Afghanistan

06/02/2013 | Wamiqullah Mumtaz

The Secure Livelihood Research Consortium (SLRC) aims to conduct evidence-based research to understand how the livelihoods of ordinary Afghans are being secured and what can be done to cement good practices.

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Conversations with a hashish-addicted youth

05/16/2013 | Mia Ihsanullah Ghafoori

Observations from the field

As soon as the car came to a halt, I looked around for a taxi. I spotted a bare red car down the road and went to ask if it was free. When I peered into the window I saw two men, barely in their 20s, smoking hashish – the oily smell, so distinct from cigarettes was my first clue. It is a less common sight in Jalalabad, but not at all unusual, so we negotiated the fare and started the drive.

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The Making of the 2013 A to Z Guide

03/31/2013 | Maria Hunskaar

After hundreds of emails sent, copious amount of tea consumed at government offices, and countless hours spent agonizing over InDesign, the latest edition of the A to Z Guide to Afghanistan Assistance is in your hands. Compiling this eleventh edition has been an interesting journey through the myriad of actors, programmes, and organisations working towards building a stable Afghanistan. 

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New AREU Office Location

11/20/2012 | AREU Communications

Please note that as of November 2012, AREU has relocated. 
We are still in Shahr-i-Naw and we look forward to receiving you at our new location.


Linked here is a map. Should you have any trouble locating us, please ring us at  +93 (0)799 608 54.  

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Women and Elections II: Women for Women in Bamiyan

11/30/2011 | Oliver Lough

AREU is running a series of blogs examining some of the issues emerging from its research on women’s participation in parliamentary and provincial council elections. Each offering a snapshot of a different candidate or community, these case studies will form part of a paper to be released at the end of this year.

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Women and Elections I: Agency and Capacity in Balkh

11/22/2011 | Oliver Lough

Over the next few weeks, AREU will be running a series of blogs examining some of the issues emerging from its research on women’s participation in parliamentary and provincial council elections. Each offering a snapshot of a different candidate or community, these case studies will form part of a paper to be released at the end of this year.

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Water Institutions Put to the Test in the Panj-Amu River Basin

10/13/2011 | Vincent Thomas

Just a few years after the unprecedented dry spell of 2008, drought has struck again in northeastern Afghanistan. With rainfed areas severely affected, irrigated areas of “the grain basket” of Afghanistan become an ever more critical resource for local livelihoods and the country’s food security. In this context, a recurrent challenge for water institutions is the issue of how to share water among canals that flow from rivers crossing Takhar, Baghlan and Kunduz Provinces.

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