Kapisa Example Highlights Obstacles for Democratic Local Governance

AREU recently released a report on local governance in Afghanistan. A major focus was on the issue of representation and how local people could have their voices heard and needs met by government bodies operating in districts and provinces, especially Read More

Describing Life to Outsiders (or: The Man Behind the Curtain)

In Afghanistan, the way people describe their lives to outsiders can sometimes be very different to the reality of their lived experiences. Working out what really goes on, rather than the idealised picture of themselves that people might want to Read More

Letter from the AREU Board, 21/07/11

Dear AREU Partners and Supporters, We would like to provide you with a brief update on developments at AREU and seek your help in identifying a new Director. We are delighted to report that AREU’s cash flow situation is now Read More

Jalalabad’s “Grab-Town” a Difficult Case of Illegal Settlement and Land Dispute

In March this year, as we started our study on urban governance in Jalalabad, one of our first tasks was selecting an interesting site. We chose Qasimabad, and the findings from our research there shed light on many issues related Read More

Women’s Participation in Parliamentary and Provincial Elections

As the perspectives below suggest, the road to female political participation in Afghanistan is paved with tantalising possibilities and daunting obstacles. A new AREU research project will chart women’s participation in the country’s last two electoral cycles, exploring the challenges Read More

Welcome to the new AREU website!

We’ve worked hard to develop a site that can really expand AREU’s online presence, with the goal of delivering our research as widely as possible and helping our users easily access what they’re looking for. Since being established in late-2001, Read More

Podcast: Legacies of Conflict in Afghanistan

AREU researcher Emily Winterbotham recently participated in the Oxford Transitional Justice Research group’s seminar series. Her presentation drew on AREU research in three Afghan provinces, examining broader perceptions of and desires for justice, peace and reconciliation among local communities. It Read More

Ancient Canal in Bamiyan set for Assistance

We recently visited Sayed Abad village in Bamyan Province as part of AREU’s research into water management in northern Afghanistan. According to the locals, the canal in Sayed Abad has been in use for at least 1,000 years. In fact, Read More

Open Letter from the AREU Board of Directors

The AREU Board has released an open letter regarding the organisation and some difficulties it has recently encountered. It reassures AREU supporters that the immediate financial crisis is under control and outlines measures being taken to reform and reposition the Read More

Questioning Assumptions on Justice Policy

The fate of Afghan women is on the minds of national and international stakeholders as the international community edges closer to transitioning out of the country. These concerns are particularly active in the effort to reform Afghanistan’s justice sector. The Read More