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A Guide to Government in Afghanistan

Founder(s): World Bank; EC; UNAMA; governments of Sweden and Switzerland
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The production of A Guide to Government in Afghanistan was a joint project of AREU and the World Bank. It draws on the results of case studies in six provinces conducted between 2002 and 2003.
The Guide has three objectives: i) it seeks to provide newcomers to the administrative and political scene in Afghanistan with a basic guide to the structures and processes of government; ii) it intends to provide reformers with some understanding of how to work “with the grain” of the existing institutional arrangements; and iii) it seeks to pay tribute to the remarkable people who have kept the system running and who are now reforming it.
In pursuing these objectives, the Guide attempts to set out the underlying strengths of the public sector, describing the evolution of the Afghan state, the current political context, and the administrative and organisational components of the government. It sets out the legal basis and organisational responsibilities for key fiscal tasks including revenue collection, budget preparation and execution, and accounting and audit. It also describes the organisational structures in the provinces, the way in which the staffing establishment is determined, and the structure of pay and grading. In particular, it looks at the arrangements for service delivery in the education and health sectors.

Publications from this research project:

Assessing Progress: Update report on Subnational Administration in Afghanistan

In 2002, AREU and the World Bank jointly undertook a study of subnational administration in Afghanistan. A central part of this study included missions to six provinces–Badakhshan, Bamiyan, Faryab, Herat, Kandahar and Wardak. These missions took place between November 2002 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

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