Minimal Investments, Minimal Results: The Failure of Security Policy in Afghanistan

This 2004 AREU briefing paper challenged policymakers to reconsider the flawed plans and inadequate resources for addressing a fragile and deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan at a critical juncture in the country’s political development.

Understanding Markets in Afghanistan: A Case Study of the Raisin Market

This case study examines Afghanistan’s raisin market, looking at where the greatest margins are made, what connections there are between market players and what, if any, barriers are faced by new entrants.

The Shiwa Pastures, 1978-2003: Land Tenure Changes and Conflict in Northeastern Badakhshan

This paper provides an overview of changes in land tenure in the Shiwa area in Badakhshan since 1978. It examines the nature and extent of land tenure change, and the way in which this has occurred. It focuses on three Read More

Urban Vulnerability in Afghanistan: Case Studies from Three Cities

This working paper offers an initial examination of the “asset vulnerability” of the urban poor in Kabul, Jalalabad and Herat. Focus group discussions with residents in these cities revealed four intertwined risks common to all social groups: loss of income Read More

Out of Step? Agricultural Policy and Afghan Livelihoods

This paper argues that agricultural and livelihoods policies and programmes would benefit from stepping back and examining how rural Afghans have supported themselves for the last two decades. Farmers weigh a number of risks and are impacted by international and Read More

Wheat Seed and Agricultural Programming in Afghanistan: Its Potential to Impact on Livelihoods

This report outlines the results of one of three combined “special studies” conducted under the auspices of AREU’s livelihoods monitoring research project. Data for this particular study on wheat seed and agricultural programming was collected at the same time as Read More

Putting Rural Land Registration in Perspective: The Afghanistan Case

The thrust of land planning by the post-Taliban administration in Afghanistan is toward the establishment of nationwide registration of property rights. This objective typifies post-conflict strategising, reflecting the combined concerns to bring order to disorderly conditions and to establish the Read More

A Guide To Government In Afghanistan: Badakhshan Province

This Badakhshan report summarises the findings from one of six provincial assessments undertaken by the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit and the World Bank. The six provincial assessments (the others are Bamiyan, Faryab, Herat, Kandahar and Wardak) were undertaken between Read More

A Guide To Government In Afghanistan: Herat Province

This Herat report summarises the findings from one of six provincial assessments undertaken by the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit and the World Bank. The six provincial assessments (the others are  Badakhshan, Bamiyan, Faryab, Kandahar and Wardak) were undertaken between Read More

Subnational Administration in Afghanistan: Assessment and Recommendations for Action

This report is the product of a study undertaken by the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) and the World Bank to assist in improving provincial and district delivery of key services, including healthcare and education. The report draws on Read More