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Opportunities for Democratic Governance in Afghan Cities

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“New wealth generated in the city economy provides resources for redistributive policies to benefit the most vulnerable.  However, significant democratic deficits in urban governance may curb redistributive policies, affect state legitimacy and undercut balanced growth in the cities of Afghanistan.”
The scoping and preliminary phase of an AREU urban governance research project was conducted in the cities of Herat, Charikar and Jalalabad between September 2010 and April 2011. The project explored existing and potential venues of engagement between state institutions and city residents on issues of land use, urban planning and local economic development. The exercise identified some important issues and outlined a future research agenda, should the opportunity arise to proceed with it. Meanwhile, roundtable notes and an interim report will be made available.

 

Publications from this research project:

Governance and Representation in the Afghan Urban Transition

How to govern Afghanistan’s booming cities? AREU’s urban governance research in Herat, Charikar and Jalalabad was designed to test the hypothesis that Afghanistan’s urban transition is precipitating a crisis in local governance, stifling representation of new and old urban groups Read More

Proceedings of an AREU Roundtable Discussion on Planning New Afghan Cities

The scoping and preliminary phase of an AREU urban governance research project was conducted in the cities of Herat, Charikar and Jalalabad between September 2010 and April 2011. This roundtable presented findings and discussed key issues in urban governance that Read More