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

Land and the Constitution: Current Land Issues in Afghanistan

This briefing paper contains an overview of land tenure issues in Afghanistan in 2003, suggestions for moving forward on policy and legal issues, and detailed suggestions for two articles on land to be incorporated in the new Afghan constitution.

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