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Governance Forum Afghanistan (Govern4Afg)

Founder(s): GIZ
Status: Completed

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:

Review of Functions in Government Agencies in Afghanistan

For the past 15 years, the Afghan government, along with its international counterparts and donors, has struggled with efforts of state building and commencing the process of development and rehabilitation. Certainly, a precondition for this included the establishment of a Read More

Migration Governance

The specific focus of the paper is on migration governance, which became a priority for the Afghan government after displacement drastically increased in both scope and complexity from 2015 onwards. With the influx of hundreds of thousands of returnees from Read More

Urban Governance in Afghanistan: Assessing the New Urban Development Programme and Its Implementation

Improving the good governance agenda in Afghanistan must emphasise the burgeoning urban sphere and with it the importance of municipal government, since urbanisation has now been recognised as one of the most significant drivers of change. While the urbanisation rate Read More

Urban Governance: An Assessment of the Urban Development Programme in Afghanistan

Afghanistan faces a wave, largely uncontrolled, of urban growth in the form of ‘informal’ settlements, without the most basic infrastructure, i.e., water supply, waste water and solid waste management and accessible schools and playgrounds, but also without suitable places of Read More

Mining Governance: An Effective Extractive Industries Revenue Collection System for Afghanistan

Efficient administration of extractive industry (EI) revenues is a critical task for all resource-rich countries, especially those with weak administrative capacities. Since an integrated accounting, reporting and auditing system can encounter obstacles, even though it is a priority, it requires Read More

Migration Governance: The Evolution of Concepts and Institutional Framework in Afghanistan

With a rapid increase in displacement threatening to overwhelm Afghanistan’s public services, migration management became a key priority for the Afghan Government and its international partners. While migration and displacement have been standard features of Afghan society and state formation Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More