Using village context analysis in Afghanistan: methods and wider implications

Using village context analysis in Afghanistan-Methods and wider implications

The purpose of this paper is to draw out the programmatic significance of the findings that there are systematic differences between villages in Afghanistan in the behaviour of village elites and their support for the welfare of village households and

Seeing like the networked state: Subnational governance in Afghanistan

1619E-Seeing like the networked state_Subnational governance in Afghanistan-signed

Instead of the strong, merit-based institutions that provide ‘good’ governance and access to basic services envisioned at the Bonn conference, governance in Afghanistan rests on highly exclusionary and volatile networks of access. Regional elite networks, and the system as a

Bringing the State Closer to the People: Deconcentrating Planning and Budgeting in Afghanistan

1614E Bringing the State Closer to the People

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

A Balancing Act for Extractive Sector Governance

1610E A Balancing Act for Extractive Sector Governance

The first issue paper which is presented to the public in June 2016 concerns mining governance. Afghanistan is estimated to hold 1 to 3 trillion USD in untapped mineral deposits, ranging from lootable ones (such as gems, marble, gold, coal,

The Role of Civil Society in Promoting Good Governance in Afghanistan

1613 The Role of Civil Society in Promoting Good Governance in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan the definition of civil society in the form of organisations and groups also includes shuras, jirgas, Community Development Councils and other traditional structures and representatives such as the ulemah or maliks. Due to traditionally weak state structures, these

The rules of the game: Towards a theory of networks of access

1618E-The rules of the game_Towards a theory of networks of access

The post-Taliban state-building process began earnestly and with great optimism at the Bonn conference in 2001. At Bonn, the international community brought together a carefully selected group of Afghan stakeholders and created a new vision for the country’s future, premised

Moving With the Times

Pages from 1611E Moving With the Times

Introduction There is much speculation that opium poppy cultivation will reach a new peak in Afghanistan in 2016,1 surpassing the previous high of 2014 when an estimated 224,000 hectares (ha) were grown.2 Indeed, signs of a potential “unprecedented” year were

A Closer Look at Men and “Masculinities”: Their Proactive Contribution to Gender Equality

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Masculinity is defined as how people perceive male-ness. The overall goal of this research is a comprehensive understanding of different notions of being a man in Afghanistan and how they contribute to gender inequality. The study addressed boys’ and men’s

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

Pages from 1607E Developing transboundary water resources

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

“When Will Transitional Justice in Afghanistan

Pages from 1612E When Will Transitional Justice in Afghanistan1

The current study is undertaken to assess if the perceptions of Transitional Justice (TJ) are still as relevant when the “”call for justice” exercise was undertaken by the AIHRC. The participants and informants of the study were chosen from five