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Developments in Local Government: A View from the Ground

Status: Completed
Publications from this research project:

District Councils: The Missing Middle of Local Governance

This roundtable emerged from AREU’s wider study of local governance and focuses specifically on issues encountered at the district level. Participants highlighted the weakness of district structures compared to those at the provincial and village level; the confusion and complexity Read More

Local Governance for Local Needs: Key Findings and Policy Options for Afghanistan

This policy note presents key findings and policy options emerging from AREU’s local governance research. While many shortcomings were identified, the silver lining is that focus on local governance in Afghanistan is increasing. There is a growing recognition among national Read More

Podcast: Local Government is Failing to Meet Local Needs

The recording of an AREU press conference on local governance, which took place on 22 June 2011. The presentation gives a clear summary of some key findings and recommendations from the research, and the Q&A with journalists raises some important Read More

Local Governances in Afghanistan: A View from the Ground

Read the report’s Executive Summary.

Local Governances in Afghanistan: A View from the Ground

This report finds that insufficient attention has been given to local governance in Afghanistan, despite the fact that most Afghan citizens encounter the state in provinces and districts. This neglect is inhibiting the significant efforts made in Kabul from having Read More

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