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

Afghan Elections: The Great Gamble

Despite considerable evidence that elections held prematurely in post-conflict situations do more harm than good, the Karzai administration, the UN and major donors (including the United States) are betting that the potential benefits of 2004 elections exceed the risks. This Read More

Three Villages in Alingar, Laghman: A Case Study of Rural Livelihoods

This case study presents village and household data and findings on three villages in Alingar, Laghman Province. This paper is part of AREU’s Rural Livelihoods Monitoring Research Project and aims to stimulate debate over the nature of livelihood strategies in Read More

A to Z Guide to Afghanistan Assistance 2003 – Second Edition

The second edition of AREU’s flagship publication is a guide to the terms, structures, mechanisms, and coordinating bodies critical to the Afghanistan relief effort. It aims to ensure a shared vocabulary and common understanding of the forces at play in Read More

One Hundred Households in Kabul: A Study of Winter Vulnerability, Coping Strategies, and the Impact of Cash-for-Work Programmes on the Lives of the “Vulnerable”

This study explores what winter vulnerability means in an urban context, which types of people are vulnerable to the threats of winter, and how cash-for-work interventions address the needs of those susceptible to these threats, in order to assess the Read More