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.
How complex is Afghan migration and what are the challenges associated with it? These questions were addressed at a workshop hosted by the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance in Brussels (8-9 April 2013) with the participation of Samuel Hall.
The purpose of this Country Gender Profile is to stimulate gender mainstreaming in JICA programs and projects in Afghanistan. The Country Gender Profile will serve as reference material for JICA personnel in formulating its assistance plans, programs and projects with gender perspectives in the country.
The 2-year study questions key assumptions of WFP relief and recovery activities through an assessment of their actual socio-economic impact focusing on three core activities (FFA, FFT and FFW) and cash voucher modalities. 4,012 households were interviewed in 10 provinces.
This report presents the findings from a baseline survey of Concern WorldWide’s Food Income & Markets Programme in Takhar and Badakhshan (Northeast Afghanistan) conducted by Samuel Hall.
Samuel Hall supports strategic efforts of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) and the World Bank to improve agricultural production and productivity through a Social Assessment of the National Horticulture and Livestock Project (NHLP) and profiles of 23 provinces to develop implementation strategies.
As the Afghan government discusses using NABDP for formal district-level governance structures and as the UNDP reviews its development work in Afghanistan, this Samuel Hall report highlights citizens’ impressions of the program and the direct benefits to beneficiaries.
The Cost of Hunger study captures how much the failure to address under-nutrition ‘costs’ in GDP losses to the Government of Afghanistan. Based on survey data, the paper draws the links between nutritional outcomes and productivity and proposes a model to quantify this relationship.
There are over 50 Kabul informal settlements (KIS) where returnees and IDPs live in extreme poverty. Skills upgrading can be an effective policy to strengthen local integration; vocational training can lead to increased productivity and higher income. This third study by Samuel Hall on the living conditions of IDPs contributes to the knowledge needed to mainstream protection in policy responses.
To redefine its country strategy for Afghanistan, WFP commissioned Samuel Hall to recommend a new Partnership Strategy. This study provides a representative landscape of the existing and potential partnerships between WFP, humanitarian and development actors in Afghanistan.
This report – based on research from Samuel Hall Consulting and commissioned by the Norwegian Refugee Council – provides the first systematic overview of protection of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Afghanistan. It combines the voices of IDPs with analysis of the decision-making processes shaping responses to internal displacement.
Among the obstacles faced by private actors in the development of their business come regularly three major challenges: security, corruption and lack of electricity. Beyond these obvious issues, private actors also long for a sound business environment based on clear and respected regulatory frameworks and guidelines. Among them, the development of national standards is crucial.
HALO Trust has reintegrated more than 300 former Taliban and Hezbi Islami combatants in Baghlan and Kunduz provinces into its demining ranks and trained them as community-based deminers. This case study examines the work that HALO Trust has done to support the APRP’s reintegration of former combatants.
This evaluation analyses the impact and sustainability of the PSH project in the context of natural resources management in Bamyan and Afghanistan, taking into consideration the positive effects that a reduction in fuel use can have on fragile and depleted rangelands.
The Mine Action Co-ordination Centre of Afghanistan (MACCA) has commissioned Samuel Hall to assess the current approach to Mine Risk Education, and community perceptions of deminers. The findings are based on fieldwork conducted in 2012 in Kabul, Parwan and Paktia through a survey of 500 individuals and focus groups with community members, deminers and land mine survivors.
This study calls for a longer-term approach to development in Afghanistan, in which employment and decent work take a central role. While this is a major challenge given the uncertainties facing the country, a balance must be found between the urgency of stabilization and creating more sustainable jobs that lift people out of poverty.
In 2013, WFP will have to adapt to both internal and external evolutions. Externally, it will have to adjust to the political transition looking forward to 2014 and to the an expected focus from donors on sustainable development. Internally, their next Country Portfolio Evaluation will frame the organization’s strategy for the coming years.
The area of Deh Sabz and Barik Ab has been selected as the intended site for the New Kabul City – a development that when completed will occupy a space 1.5 times the size of the current capital. The intended development will therefore affect the current residents as well as migratory and sedentary Kuchi populations.
This report presents the findings of a Women’s Safety Audit conducted in 10 public locations in Kabul city. It is designed to give a voice to women’s safety and security concerns and sets forth a number of recommendations to address the challenge of improving women’s security in public spaces in Kabul.