Researching livelihoods and services affected by conflict Understanding rural markets in Afghanistan

This working paper draws on five case studies from the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium and its partners, and other primary and secondary evidence, to review current understanding of agricultural commodity and rural labour markets in Afghanistan, and explore the pervasive Read More

Review of Functions in Government Agencies in Afghanistan

For the past 15 years, the Afghan government, along with its international counterparts and donors, has struggled with efforts of state building and commencing the process of development and rehabilitation. Certainly, a precondition for this included the establishment of a Read More

Women in Agriculture in Afghanistan

The greater recognition of women’s intensive participation in the agriculture and labour economies across the globe has been the subject of discussion and policy review in many countries around the world, including Afghanistan. This briefing paper looks at some of Read More

The Impacts of Water Sector Reforms on Agricultural Productivity in Afghanistan

In 2009, Afghanistan enacted its Water Law based on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) principles and aimed at making agriculture a more dynamic driver of the national economy. Though the sector has huge potential for contributing to sustainable development, its Read More

Mapping nomad-farmer conflict in Afghanistan

In December 2016, the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) launched a European Union-funded project, ‘A three-pronged research effort into essential areas of Natural Resource Management (NRM), Food Zone policy, ground water, and the shifting interests of stakeholders in the Read More

Migration Governance

The specific focus of the paper is on migration governance, which became a priority for the Afghan government after displacement drastically increased in both scope and complexity from 2015 onwards. With the influx of hundreds of thousands of returnees from Read More

Land Governance Assessment Framework (LGAF) – Afghanistan

The Land Governance Assessment Framework (LGAF), developed by the World Bank in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organisation, International Fund for Agricultural Development, International Food Policy Research Institute, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat), the African Union, and Read More

Urban Governance in Afghanistan: Assessing the New Urban Development Programme and Its Implementation

Improving the good governance agenda in Afghanistan must emphasise the burgeoning urban sphere and with it the importance of municipal government, since urbanisation has now been recognised as one of the most significant drivers of change. While the urbanisation rate Read More

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