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The Afghan Parliament: Constitutional Mandate versus the Practice in the Post 2001 Context

Afghanistan’s experience with parliamentary democracy was short-lived because the country lacked favorable conditions for its growth.1 As such, the parliament was not effective and failed to build a bridge between the legislature and the executive. In less than ten years, Read More

Study of Afghanistan’s Organization and Structure of Public Administration under the 2004 Constitution

In Afghanistan,since the inception of modern organizations of public administration,towards the end of nineteenth century,states have utilized different models of public administration ranging from centralization,to deconcentrated centralization,to decentralization.However,due to multiple and concomitant reasons,such as tribal and traditional structures,political instability,rapid regime change,constant 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

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

No more standard programming: economic development in fragile settings

SLRC case studies on markets and economic life, along with parallel case studies on political settlements, find that the political and economic marketplaces in Afghanistan are deeply enmeshed, with powerful actors often playing key roles in both arenas. And although Read More

A Mapping Study: Institutional Mechanisms to Tackle Trafficking in Persons in Afghanistan

This policy note summarizes the findings of a Mapping Study conducted by the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) and the Security Governance Group (SGG) in 2015 and 2016. It presents recommendations for the Afghan government as well as for the Read More

Urban Safety: A Review of the Afghanistan Urban Peacebuilding Program

The notion of urban safety is relatively new in policy environment, off and on-budget municipal programing and administrative rules and practices in Afghanistan. The rapid urbanization of the last 16 years has generated specific vulnerabilities, exclusions and insecurities. The urban Read More

DISEASE OR SYMPTOM? AFGHANISTAN’S BURGEONING OPIUM ECONOMY IN 2017

Regardless of the balance of costs and benefits, the opium economy is far from the “disease” at the heart of the story in Afghanistan, and must not be seen as the cause of the country’s problems. It is rather much Read More

Stakeholder perceptions of agriculture and nutrition policies and practice: A policy brief for Afghanistan

While there are multiple causes of malnutrition, undernutrition and lack of dietary diversity point to micronutrient deficiencies rather than generalised food insecurity. A crucial policy question is: what are the pathways and incentives needed to ensure that agriculture can have Read More

Understanding rural markets in Afghanistan

This briefing paper draws on findings from research on Afghan agricultural commodity markets and rural and urban labour markets. The studies explored how people navigate and negotiate their economic life. They were based on market system and value chain approaches Read More