Samuel Hall greatly contributed to UNDP’s Assessment of Development Results for Afghanistan through its NABDP Beneficiary Fieldwork. The ADR covered the period from 2002 to 2008. From its initial focus on early recovery, the UNDP programme has evolved towards an increasingly substantive contribution to the cause of security and development in Afghanistan. UNDP has increasingly understood the importance of the institutions of democracy, state and rule of law in ensuring a smooth transition process with prospects of long-term peace and development.
STRATEGIC SUPPORT FOR A SHIFT TOWARD RESILIENCE ACTIVITIES
Emergency relief in a protracted crisis is like bailing water in a leaky boat. No matter how fast you dump the water, the boat will continue to fill with water if the leaks are not addressed. The concept of resilience has caught on in recent years as humanitarian actors shift from focusing solely on relief to addressing underlying vulnerabilities. Samuel Hall has helped a number of humanitarian actors with strategic shifts toward resilience activities. This document shares some of our lessons learned, drawing on the example case of our work in northern Afghanistan for the NGO People in Need.
A team at Samuel Hall has been carrying out this research for the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Project Director Sarah Cramer presented preliminary findings of Samuel Hall research on human trafficking in Afghanistan at the Global Online Counter Child Trafficking Conference on 17 October
SURVEY COMMISSIONED BY THE WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME (WFP)
The World Food Programme (WFP) implements Protracted Relief and Recovery Operations (PRRO) worldwide to assist communities that have suffered from a natural or man-made disaster and have yet to re-establish their livelihoods. Samuel Hall has been asked by WFP – since 2010 – to provide M&E and strategic expertise to support WFP programming in Afghanistan. As a case study of this collaboration, this document outlines Samuel Hall’s work on monitoring of WFP’s FFT activities in Afghanistan.
This series of consultation workshops with ILO and IOM was aimed at brainstorming on the content of the then upcoming National Labour Migration Policy (NLMP). Proposals and suggestions shared by stakeholders were incorporated in the NLMP.
For providing immediate relief to disaster-affected populations and easing their road to recovery, cash transfers provide a complementary or alternate instrument to traditional food or non-food item distribution. In recent years, mobile cash transfers have emerged as a new alternative to the more traditional voucher systems or in-person cash transfer mechanisms. This document provides highlights from an evaluation conducted by Samuel Hall on cash assistance programmes in humanitarian settings.
REVISING UNHCR’S SHELTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
What happens after a refugee crisis when the hundreds, thousands, or even millions of displaced persons return home? How do they start all over again? Humanitarian organisations have been grappling with these questions since the mid-20th century. In 2012, Samuel Hall helped UNHCR adapt its Shelter Assistance Programme to the needs and challenges of the Afghan context by conducting a comprehensive study to inform present and future programming.
Samuel Hall’s in-depth multi-sector assessment of four districts Eastern Afghanistan – high refugee return & IDP locations – to develop a strategy for community-based protection programming for ChildFund.
The aim of this study was to provide a detailed labour market assessment of displaced populations (returnees and IDPs) in select locations in urban Afghanistan to inform DRC’s future programming in and outside of Kabul. Samuel Hall researchers aimed to assist DRC in planning for its livelihoods programming by answering the following key research question: ‘What are the segments of the Afghan urban labour market with the biggest labour supply gaps and future opportunities for displaced populations?’
Even though Afghanistan’s mineral deposits are estimated to be worth trillions of dollars, the country’s population is still very far from benefiting from such resources. Not only do workers face extremely difficult working conditions, Samuel Hall Co-Director Hervé Nicolle also mentions the necessary degree of scepticism that should be applied to the general situation. A variety of factors need to be in place for the wealth to be distributed.
This 2nd context analysis for WFP Afghanistan elaborates on a series of likely scenarios (2013-2016) for humanitarian planning and programming during Transition. An edited piece with leading scholars – Dorronsoro, Giustozzi – on Afghanistan.
This report examines the work of Womanity Foundation in 3 model Afghan schools in Kabul and Kapisa provinces. The ‘School in a Box’ initiative aims at creating model institutions for girl’s education that can function as learning hubs.
Samuel Hall assesses the impacts of the ACH project and the feasibility of the planned construction of a new house to assist Afghan children who require specialized health care and high-quality surgical care, provided by the French Medical Institute for Children (FMIC).
Strengthening and Safeguarding a Woman and a Child: Strategic program design for ChildFund through provincial observations of Gender-Based Violence and Child Protection interventions in target provinces: Kunduz, Takhar, Baghlan and Kabul.
In a study commissioned by the Danish Refugee Council, Samuel Hall recommends cash based assistance to assist urban IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) in informal settlements. The research conducted in Afghanistan shows that thanks to the settlements urban location, access to functional markets and relatively good security conditions, the context is right for such a form of support.
DRC commissioned Samuel Hall Consulting to research the relevance and applicability of cash-based interventions in the Kabul Informal Settlements, with a focus on identifying the risks and protection issues for a cash approach, and assessing its viability for IDPs.
Natural resource abundance can be an advantage for growth and development if coupled with effective economic policies, structural development and efficient institutional arrangements. We discuss economic and policy recommendations to overcome the “resource curse” for Afghanistan.
The aim of this conference in Kabul with the ILO and the World Bank was focused on enhancing migration management and stimulating labour migration.
Afghans still have a strong attraction for Iran given the cultural and economic links between the two nations. Nassim Majidi also mentions the interest for Iranian entrepreneurs in employing Afghans given the lower salaries. But Afghan migrants are stuck between a rock and a hard place, being treated like second-class citizens and suffering constant abuse, including deportation of irregular migrants and unregistered Afghan families.
The Brussels conference, to which Samuel Hall Directors participated, gave an insight into the migratory challenges of Afghanistan. Given the country’s culture of migration going back several centuries, the 2014 transition has put extra pressure on Afghan youth to leave. Leaving out this large demographic is a social time bomb and Samuel Hall is trying to shift the discourse accordingly.