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High and Dry: Poppy cultivation and the future of those that reside in the former desert areas of South West Afghanistan

The deserts of southwestern Afghanistan have been transformed. Land that was once dry and strewn with rocks, has been cleared, irrigated, and planted with crops by an influx of new settlers. The pace of the settlement of the former desert Read More

STIRRING UP THE HORNET’S NEST: How the Population of Rural Helmand view the current Counterinsurgency Campaign

Stirring Up the Hornet’s Nest, is critical to our understanding of the impact of opium poppy production in Afghanistan. The findings shared in this paper can bring much needed insight to development workers, civil society, and the Afghan government on Read More

Swinging Between Hope and Despair: Kabul Citizens’ Voting Behaviour in the 2018 Wolesi Jirga Election

This Briefing Paper presents a summary of the initial findings from AREU’s research on the parliamentary elections. The study aims to analyse the voting behaviour of Kabul citizens in the upcoming 2018 Wolesi Jirga elections. Taking into consideration the deterioration Read More

Gender-Based Violence Among IDP Children in Kabul: Measures to Take

The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) is pleased to share the findings of a study on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) among Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) children in Kabul that provides a broader picture of the situation on-the-ground. IDPs in this study Read More

Policy Research Institutions and Health Sustainable Development Goals: Building Momentum in South Asia

The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) is pleased to release the results of a study on health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that provides a comprehensive accurate breakdown of the health and healthcare facilities situation in Afghanistan. According to the Read More

Politics over evidence: questioning the link between service deliver and state legitimacy in Afghanistan.

This briefing highlights evidence and findings on the linkages between service delivery and state legitimacy. It builds on five years of AREU research (2012 to 2017) on the question of linkages between delivering services and state-building in the case of Read More

Radical and Active: Radicalisation among University Students in Kabul and Herat

Despite efforts to address extremism, various violent radical groups in Afghanistan appear to have no issue accessing a pool of sympathizers and potential recruits, given that radical ideologies and views are widespread among different strata of the society. There are Read More

Assessing EUPOL Impact on Afghan Police Reform (2007-2016)

EUNPACK is a research consortium project designed and developed to critically examine whether the EU external crisis response is sensitive to the political and social context on the ground. To achieve this goal in Afghanistan, AREU has selected the European Read More

An Afghan Think-Tank Study Finds that Southwest Bare Land has Become Home to Up to 2.2 Million People

“What is more, this frontier area is located beyond the reaches of the Helmand and Farah rivers and the canal system that the Afghan state built to increase the taxable agricultural area,” the report says and adds, “Yet in 2016 Read More

STILL WATER RUNS DEEP: Illicit Poppy and the Transformation of the Deserts of Southwest Afghanistan

The physical and political geography of the deserts of southwest Afghanistan have gone through dramatic change over the last two decades. Located on the periphery of irrigated lands settled by the Afghan state in the 1950s and 1960s, this area Read More