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Subnational State-Building in Afghanistan

Since 2004, the Afghan government and its international partners have become increasingly aware that issues and challenges surrounding subnational governance in Afghanistan are crucial to national development, stability, and security. This period has also been a time of extraordinary change Read More

The Changing Face of Local Governance? Community Development Councils in Afghanistan

Since 2004 the Government of Afghanistan (GoA) and its international partners have become increasingly aware that issues and challenges surrounding subnational governance in Afghanistan will be crucial to national development, stability, and security. This period has also been a time Read More

Aiding the State? International Assistance and the Statebuilding Paradox in Afghanistan

This briefing paper explores the relationship between foreign aid, statebuilding and the crisis currently facing Afghanistan. It analyses the effects of assistance to date, and presents a series of recommendations for future action by the Afghan government and donors.

Provincial Governance Structures in Afghanistan: From Confusion to Vision?

This briefing paper examines the roles of provincial councils and provincial development committees in the context of the government’s vision for reforming subnational governance.