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Paradigms driving the water sector reform: a mismatch between Afghanistan and the West: a mismatch between Afghanistan and the West

This paper aims at identifying, analysing and discussing the common thread among the AREU research papers on water governance. In doing so, it engages in a reflection on the mismatch between the Water Management Paradigms imported in Afghanistan by the Read More

Developing transboundary water: What perspectives for cooperation between Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan?

Since the fall of the Taliban, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) has been actively trying to resume its hydraulic mission that was put on hold in the late 1970s. Improving water control through the construction of Read More

Household Water Insecurity: Changing Paradigm for Better Framing the Realities of Sustainable Access to Drinking Water in Afghanistan

This paper provides a critical analysis of the status of and progress on access to drinking water in Afghanistan. It shows that the claim that Afghanistan has met or is about to meet its Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on access Read More

Unpacking the complexities of water conflicts resolution processes in Afghanistan

Over the past few decades, research in Afghanistan has paid a great deal of attention to justice and dispute resolution processes related to civil and criminal issues. However, studies focusing more specifically on water-related conflicts have been extremely limited and Read More

Water rights and conflict resolution processes in Afghanistan: The case of the Sar-i-Pul sub-basin

Over the past decade, research in Afghanistan has paid a great deal of attention to justice and dispute resolution processes related to civil and criminal issues. However, studies dealing with water-related conflicts have been extremely limited. This research is an Read More

“Good” water governance models in Afghanistan: Gaps and Opportunities

This policy note draws on evidence from recent EU-funded AREU field research to explore how “good” water governance principles—as piloted by the EU-funded Panj-Amu River Basin Programme (PARBP)—have been applied in practice.

Mind the Gap? Local practices and institutional reforms for water allocation in Afghanistan’s Panj-Amu River Basin

Since 2004, policymakers and international donor agencies have been trying to introduce “good” water governance concepts in the reform of Afghanistan’s water sector, including integrated water resource management, river basin management and participation in decentralised decision-making via Multi-Stakeholder Platforms. Starting Read More

A Historical Perspective on the Mirab System: A Case Study of the Jangharoq Canal, Baghlan

The Afghan government and others working in the water and irrigation sector have highlighted the importance of the so-called traditional mirab (water master) system to collective water management in the country. In the relevant policy documents, however, the definitions of Read More