Land Rights in Crisis: Restoring Tenure Security in Afghanistan

Land tenure—the holding and transacting of land—has been peripheral in Afghanistan’s planning agenda. The new Afghan Transitional Authority (ATA) has not been particularly well-served by the assistance community in this area. Though a range of policy advisories have been issued Read More

Taking Refugees For a Ride? The Politics of Refugee Return in Afghanistan

Between March and September 2002, approximately 1.7 million refugees are estimated to have returned to Afghanistan in the largest and most rapid assisted return movement to have been organised by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Read More

Addressing Livelihoods in Afghanistan

This study examines the factors influencing Afghan livelihoods in order to ensure that national and international efforts contribute positively to their protection, development and preservation. It also argues that the UK Department for International Development (DFID)’s Sustainable Livelihoods Framework, although Read More

A to Z Guide to Afghanistan Assistance 2002 – First Edition

The first 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

Strategic Coordination in Afghanistan

Based on consultations held with 70 people from the United Nations (UN), aid donor countries, the Afghanistan Interim Administration (AIA), ISAF, Coalition Joint Civil-Military Operations Task Force (CJCMOTF) and nongovernmental organisations (NGOs), this study identifies the issues related to strategic Read More

The Public Health System in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s health system was in a state of near-total disrepair in 2002. This briefing paper outlined the major issues facing the public health sector, discussed the roles of government, United Nations (UN) agencies, donors, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and made Read More

Review of the Strategic Framework for Afghanistan

Produced soon after September 2001, this report explored the nature of the international community’s engagement with Afghanistan and how political, assistance and human rights objectives should interconnect in the wake of 9/11.

SMU Area Reports: Badakhshan

This is the first and only paper produced by AREU under its previous incarnation, the Strategic Monitoring Unit. It was designed to be the first in a series of area-based reports, which aimed to build an analytical baseline from which Read More

“Poppy Free” Provinces: A Measure or a Target?

This report is one of seven multi-site case studies undertaken during the second stage of AREU’s three-year study “Applied Thematic Research into Water Management, Livestock and the Opium Economy” (WOL). The report details the processes by which two provinces, Nangarhar Read More

Afghans in Pakistan: Broadening the Focus

This briefing paper looked at the situation of the roughly 3 million Afghans who were residing in Pakistan at the time, and argued that the refugee framework no longer adequately addressed the reality of this transnational population.