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Anna Larson and Oliver Lough published a piece on Foreign Policy’s Afpak Channel looking at Afghan perspectives on democracy.
The influential Brookings Institution cites AREU’s work on representative governance in its recent policy paper, “Toward a Political Settlement in Afghanistan.”
To coincide with the release of AREU’s report on local governance in Afghanistan, project researcher Wamiqullah Mumtaz appeared on Voice of America’s Dari service. He presented key findings and the consequent policy options and recommendations provided in the paper. He then took 40 minutes of calls from listeners, who expressed their views, comments and questions. While a range of issues were raised, particularly relevant to the research were those related to local government policy, the role of governors, decision-making and policy implementation, as well as some of the more negative aspects associated the administration of local government. An independent Afghan analyst who spoke on the programme strongly agreed with the study’s findings.
A press conference on local governance in Afghanistan by Dr Douglas Saltmarshe, which was translated into Dari and Pashto, received significant coverage in a variety of local media outlets. These included Shamshad, Noor, and Afghan News TV stations, and newspapers such Hasht-e-Sob. The aim of the conference was to draw attention to the need to focus on local governance to ensure the representation of people and their needs by their local government bodies, and to simplify local governance structures.
Following the release of AREU’s paper “Governance and Representation in the Afghan Urban Transition,” AREU’s Jay Lamey was interviewed on the topic by local media. A key issue discussed was the need for urban governance solutions that provide for the needs of formal and informal city residents alike.
AREU launched its recent titled “Balkh’s Economy in Transition” through a press conference on August 21, 2013. The report was widely covered by media and therefore generated a debate on consequences of transition on Afghan economy. Local media outlets dedicated significantly larger airtimes to the story are included Tolo TV, Tolonews, Arzo TV and newspapers such Hasht-e-Subeh and 2014 weekly. The aim of the conference was to draw attention to the economic implications of Transition as the focus till date has primarily been on security and governance.
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