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Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC)

Founder(s): EU, ODI
Status: Completed
SLRC is undertaking research in eight focus countries; Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Uganda, and Afghanistan. The Afghanistan research programme is being led by the AREU.
The project is structured around three research themes linked to the overall SLRC research agenda:
– Village governance, service delivery and aid programmes;
-ٍ Economic Life and Livelihood Trajectories; and
– Service delivery and capacity building of regional social orders.
The research in Afghanistan commenced in spring 2013. For more detail on the research consortium, visit the official SLRC page here.
Publications from this research project:

Politics and governance in Afghanistan: The case of Kandahar

The second in a series of case studies undertaken by the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit(AREU) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) as part of the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC)’s work, this research aims to look at subnational governance Read More

Mapping village variability in Afghanistan: The use of cluster analysis to construct village typologies

The evidence and analysis reported in this paper point to important differences between villages in the ways village elite behaves and the consequences this might have for the generation of public goods, both old and new, within the village. Further, Read More

The informal regulation of the onion market in Nangarhar, Afghanistan

This study on the onion market investigates how one agricultural commodity market works and the ways in which social relationships govern access to the market in terms of information, credit , trading costs, returns and risks. As becomes clear there Read More

Annual Seminar Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium

This seminar brought together representatives from the Afghan government, domestic and international civil society organizations, and research institutes. Additionally, there were key experts in sub-national governance, livelihoods, and rural development. The seminar aimed to stimulate discussion and debate among attendees Read More

Labour markets, social inequality and the tailors of Kabul

This study is about understanding how labour markets actually work in insecure and dynamic contexts. It does so through an analysis of the experiences of young women and men working in the tailoring sector of Kabul, Afghanistan. Tailoring employs more Read More

The social life of the onion: the informal regulation of the onion market in Nangarhar, Afghanistan

Within Afghanistan’s agricultural economy, there are many obstacles that cross-cut social, economic, and political trajectories to keep rural livelihoods constrained. A recent development programme, the Comprehensive Agriculture and Rural Development Facility (CARD-F), which aims to lift farmers from poverty, has Read More

Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium Afghanistan Research Programme

Decades worth of attempts to engineer a social transformation in Afghanistan from its existing social order to one more reflective of Western norms have largely failed to take root and have often helped consolidate a rule ofpatronage and personalized relationships.

Gender, youth and urban labour market participation: evidence from the tailoring sector in Kabul, Afghanistan

The creation of good jobs and decent work in conflict-affected places is widely seen to generate not just better-off households, but also safer societies and more legitimate states. However, so much of the good jobs agenda is dominated by technical Read More

Politics and Governance in Afghanistan: the Case of Nangarhar Province

This paper seeks to explore regional political dynamics and governance being undertaken by the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit and the Overseas Development Institute as part of the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium. This research aims to look at subnational governance Read More

Politics and governance in Afghanistan: the case of Nangarhar province

Afghanistan’s government is often described as fragmented and fragile. In many instances, the central government is viewed as failing to function effectively, particularly beyond the capital. This does not mean that there is disorder at the regional or provincial level. Read More