Afghanistan Research Newsletter No. 1

This is the March 2004 edition of the Afghanistan Research Newsletter, which includes a feature article on the process leading up to Afghanistan’s first National Human Development Report by Abdullah Mojaddedi.

National Risk and Vulnerability Assessment 2003: A Stakeholder-Generated Methodology

This paper examines the methodology and objectives of the national level annual assessment conducted by the World Food Programme’s Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping Unit to explore Afghanistan’s likely food needs for the following year.

Understanding Village Institutions: Case Studies on Water Management from Faryab and Sar-i-Pul

This report describes how water is managed within and between villages in two districts in northern Afghanistan, and focuses on the rules that govern the distribution of water and the way in which these rules are or are not enforced.

Gender Roles in Agriculture: Case Studies of Five Villages in Northern Afghanistan

The purpose of this report is to contribute to a greater understanding of the roles women and men play in the different stages of agriculture as well as other production and income-generating activities in Afghanistan.

A Guide to Government in Afghanistan

This joint AREU and World Bank publication has three objectives: 1) it seeks to provide newcomers to the political and administrative scene in Afghanistan with a basic guide to the structures and processes of government; 2) it intends to provider Read More

A Guide To Government In Afghanistan: Faryab Province

This Faryab 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, Herat, Kandahar, and Wardak) were undertaken between Read More

Some Notes on the Livelihoods of the Urban Poor in Kabul, Afghanistan

This paper summarises some of the basic features of Afghan urban poor livelihoods gathered from interviews with returned refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and long-term residents living in Karte Nau (District 8) in Kabul. The fieldwork was based on a Read More

Land Relations in Bamyan Province: Findings from a 15 Village Case Study

Exploration and analysis of land relations in Afghanistan have been remarkably slight, both historically and in the present “post-conflict” period. This paper on Bamiyan Province is the first of a series of studies that were carried out in central, north-western, Read More

Understanding Markets in Afghanistan: A Case Study of Carpets and the Andkhoy Carpet Market

This case study examines Afghanistan’s carpet 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.

Ending Impunity and Building Justice in Afghanistan

In December 2001, the signatories to the Bonn Agreement pledged that they were “determined to end the tragic conflict and promote national reconciliation, lasting peace, stability and respect for human rights in the country.” The Bonn Conference was followed by Read More