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

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.