Reflections on Gender Dynamics at Play in Rural Households

During a recent field research on informal credit mechanisms in Pashtun Zarghon District, in the western Afghan province of Herat, the interviewees reported that the majority of rural families prefer to have more girls than boys. AREU conducted interviews for Read More

Technological solutions for socio-political problems: revisiting an open humanitarian debate

Technological solutions for socio-political problems: revisiting an open humanitarian debate  The use of technology in the humanitarian aid sector is showing a steady increase based on a sense of hope that technology could help to improve the delivery of aid Read More

Three challenges for Afghanistan’s Sustainable Development Goals adoption

Since the adoption of the United Nations resolutions to ‘transform our world by 2030’ and ‘leave no one behind’ – also known as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development the Afghan government has shown a keenness to implement the resolution and Read More

Reducing ‘gender’ to ‘women’ is problematic

Reducing ‘gender’ to ‘women’ is problematic For much of the last century, it might be argued that the matter of women’s rights and their status has not been more disputed, both politically and socially, concerning any other country than Afghanistan. Read More

Change-makers: how a new generation of Afghan women are inspiring others to action

Sunday 11 October was International Day of the Girl. This year’s focus is on Adolescent girls. Despite the MDG targets to achieve universal primary education and eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education by 2015, according to Afghanistan’s most Read More

AREU Director’s remarks on the Solutions Strategy for Afghanistan Refugees

AREU’s director, Mr. Nader Nadery, recently attended the 66th annual meeting of Executive Committee of the United Nation’s High Commissioner’s Program for Refugees and delivered the following speech at a side event on the Solutions Strategy for Afghanistan Refugees. Ministers, Read More

Our condolences on the tragic loss of Paula Kantor

Dear friends and colleagues, It is with heavy hearts that we announce the loss of Paula Kantor, a previous director of AREU from 2008 to 2010, during the attack at the Park Palace Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday night. Read More

Leaving the “uncomfortable” home: Afghan unaccompanied children on the move

Research and empirical data has shown that children undertaking unaccompanied journeys abroad are extremely vulnerable to dangers and violations of their human rights. They can be victims of kidnapping, sexual abuse, discrimination, forced labor, and many other life threatening risks. Read More

Ten Years of Afghan Constitution: Why Dialogue is Important

The constitution of Afghanistan has been hailed as one of the most important achievements of the last ten years. It has been often reiterated that any possible change in the political sphere in the country should not compromise values enshrined Read More

Constitutional Implications of a National Unity Government

Last Sunday the two presidential candidates, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah entered into a historic agreement to form a National Unity Government (NUG). This piece examines the constitutional implications relating to key features of the Agreement.  The Agreement builds on Read More