Urban Governance: An Assessment of the Urban Development Programme in Afghanistan

Afghanistan faces a wave, largely uncontrolled, of urban growth in the form of ‘informal’ settlements, without the most basic infrastructure, i.e., water supply, waste water and solid waste management and accessible schools and playgrounds, but also without suitable places of Read More

Mining Governance: An Effective Extractive Industries Revenue Collection System for Afghanistan

Efficient administration of extractive industry (EI) revenues is a critical task for all resource-rich countries, especially those with weak administrative capacities. Since an integrated accounting, reporting and auditing system can encounter obstacles, even though it is a priority, it requires Read More

Migration Governance: The Evolution of Concepts and Institutional Framework in Afghanistan

With a rapid increase in displacement threatening to overwhelm Afghanistan’s public services, migration management became a key priority for the Afghan Government and its international partners. While migration and displacement have been standard features of Afghan society and state formation Read More

Paradigms driving the water sector reform: a mismatch between Afghanistan and the West: a mismatch between Afghanistan and the West

This paper aims at identifying, analysing and discussing the common thread among the AREU research papers on water governance. In doing so, it engages in a reflection on the mismatch between the Water Management Paradigms imported in Afghanistan by the Read More

Women’s Economic Engagement in South Asia

The status of women’s labour force participation in the eight member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is still below the expectations of the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Afghanistan’s low ranking among these Read More

Life in the times of ‘late development’: Livelihood trajectories in Afghanistan, 2016-2002

Since 2002, over three rounds of study, the fortunes of a small panel of rural case households in diverse locations in Afghanistan have been tracked over time. The evidence that has been collected offers a unique, deep and longitudinal insight Read More

Subnational Governance in Afghanistan

This issue paper on subnational Governance in Afghanistan, presented to the public in July 2016, is the outcome of an intense process of desk as well as empirical research and discussions involving different stakeholders. Currently, Afghanistan has a centralised government Read More

Livelihood trajectories in Afghanistan: Evidence from three villages in Herat Province

Poverty levels in Afghanistan have remained largely unchanged despite considerable international investment. This report examines the underlying reasons, drawing on a longitudinal study – ongoing since 2003 – of households in three villages in the Pashtun Zarghun district of Heart.

Livelihood trajectories in Afghanistan: Silent violence in Kandahar Province

This study on livelihood trajectories in Kandahar is part of the third round of a panel survey tracking the fortunes of rural Afghan households. It explores the contrasting trajectories – improving, declining and coping – across the study households.

AREU Welcomes its New Director “Dr. Orzala Ashraf Nemat”

Dr. Orzala Ashraf Nemat, an internationally known Afghan activist and scholar is an expert in political ethnography, holding a Ph.D. in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and MSc in Development Planning from the University Read More