Women and Elections II: Women for Women in Bamiyan

Bonus read: AAN analyst Sare Kouvo explores some of the issues raised by AREU’s Legacies of Conflictresearch AREU is running a series of blogs examining some of the issues emerging from its research on women’s participation in parliamentary and provincial Read More

Women and Elections I: Agency and Capacity in Balkh

Over the next few weeks, AREU will be running a series of blogs examining some of the issues emerging from its research on women’s participation in parliamentary and provincial council elections. Each offering a snapshot of a different candidate or Read More

New AREU Office Location

Please note that as of November 2012, AREU has relocated.    We are still in Shahr-i-Naw and we look forward to receiving you at our new location (map):         1. Head toward Charahi Shaheed from Charahi Haji Yacoub. Read More

Kapisa Example Highlights Obstacles for Democratic Local Governance

AREU recently released a report on local governance in Afghanistan. A major focus was on the issue of representation and how local people could have their voices heard and needs met by government bodies operating in districts and provinces, especially Read More

Describing Life to Outsiders (or: The Man Behind the Curtain)

In Afghanistan, the way people describe their lives to outsiders can sometimes be very different to the reality of their lived experiences. Working out what really goes on, rather than the idealised picture of themselves that people might want to Read More

Letter from the AREU Board, 21/07/11

Dear AREU Partners and Supporters, We would like to provide you with a brief update on developments at AREU and seek your help in identifying a new Director. We are delighted to report that AREU’s cash flow situation is now Read More

Jalalabad’s “Grab-Town” a Difficult Case of Illegal Settlement and Land Dispute

In March this year, as we started our study on urban governance in Jalalabad, one of our first tasks was selecting an interesting site. We chose Qasimabad, and the findings from our research there shed light on many issues related Read More

Women’s Participation in Parliamentary and Provincial Elections

As the perspectives below suggest, the road to female political participation in Afghanistan is paved with tantalising possibilities and daunting obstacles. A new AREU research project will chart women’s participation in the country’s last two electoral cycles, exploring the challenges Read More

Welcome to the new AREU website!

We’ve worked hard to develop a site that can really expand AREU’s online presence, with the goal of delivering our research as widely as possible and helping our users easily access what they’re looking for. Since being established in late-2001, Read More

Podcast: Legacies of Conflict in Afghanistan

AREU researcher Emily Winterbotham recently participated in the Oxford Transitional Justice Research group’s seminar series. Her presentation drew on AREU research in three Afghan provinces, examining broader perceptions of and desires for justice, peace and reconciliation among local communities. It Read More