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.
This evaluation examines one particular component of Mission East’s work in Afghanistan: Self-Help Groups (SHGs). The purpose of this report is to evaluate the SHG initiative in its current condition and assess its future potential within the context of the broader Mission East strategy in Afghanistan.
The “School in a Box” supports quality education for girls up to the end of secondary school, and includes training for teachers in innovative teaching methods; the use of scientific labs; English language, computer and physical education methods. This report provides a baseline survey in the schools enrolled to the programme in 2011.
The report seeks to i) establish a gender-focused baseline for the evaluation of community trust building and police capacity building programmes; ii) identify major trends and evolutions in public perceptions of the ANP in Kabul, notably amongst women; and iii) propose pragmatic recommendations for improving the relationship between Afghan women and the police.
The Jogi, the Chori Frosh and other segments of the Jat population as the most marginalised communities in Afghanistan. These communities suffer from a status as complete ‘outsiders’ in Afghan society and have remained almost entirely invisible to Afghan authorities, international donors and academics alike.
This study is a rapid assessment of one of the most prevalent, yet least known, forms of hazardous labour in Afghanistan – for both children and adults – and one of the worst forms of labour for children in particular. Narrowing in on one sector, this report strives to provide an accurate depiction of bonded labour practices in brick kilns in two provinces of Afghanistan.
This economic assessment report is based on desk research, labour market assessments and analyses and key stakeholder interviews in the four targeted provinces – Balkh, Baghlan, Kunduz and Kandahar – to identify growth sectors and jobs and technical vocational skills in greatest demand in each province in order to inform a skills training programme design process.
Over the last decade, the international community has allocated billions of dollars in funding for programming in livelihoods, service provision and social protection; however there has been little accompanying investment in research as a sector or as an internal capacity. Livelihoods remain under researched in Afghanistan.
This policy paper reviews the changing humanitarian context for United Nations agencies in Afghanistan, and provides the World Food Programme (WFP) with strategic recommendations on how to position itself in this context, fulfil a complex mandate and re-orient its programmes for increased technical and financial effectiveness.
Afghan businesses’ lack of legal knowledge and access to legal advice frustrates economic growth in the region. Improved access would bring increased certainty to the marketplace, decrease business risk, and stimulate more informed business decision-making and domestic investment in the north of Afghanistan.
How to respond to urban displacement and improve the care and maintenance to vulnerable displaced and returnee populations in Afghanistan’s main cities? After reviewing the background and context of urban displacement in Afghanistan, this paper aims at highlighting the relevance and timeliness of analyzing the movements of returnees and IDPs to Afghanistan’s main cities.
World Food Programme (WFP) Afghanistan has planned a systematic analysis of changes – positive or negative, intended or not – in people’s lives as brought about by the Food-For-Training (FFT) activities on livelihoods of participants and their communities. This report is the first comprehensive review of FFT in Afghanistan.
This report was commissioned to provide input to Mission East’s Afghanistan strategy revision. It provides recommendations for adjustments to ME’s country strategy and programming to make them more coherent and focused on Early Recovery, and it presents a critical review of the organisation’s current livelihood and WASH strategy.