UNDERSTANDING THE STAKES OF THE EVAW IN AFGHANISTAN
The Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW) Law is an Afghan law passed by presidential decree in 2009 that criminalises acts of violence against women. Since March 2013, EVAW Law implementation has stagnated, jeopardising progress achieved. What has caused such a drastic change? Is it public perception that hinders acceptance of this law or does the root of the problem lie deeper? In 2013, Samuel Hall conducted an evaluation of UN Women’s support to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) in implementing the EVAW Law through the EVAW Commission Project. This document shares some of Samuel Hall’s analysis of the current stakes for the EVAW Law, while the full report evaluates the activities of the UN Women EVAW Commission project.
A STOCKTAKING EXERCISE OF THE STATUS OF WOMEN IN AFGHANISTAN
After initial troop deployment in Afghanistan in 2001, policy makers turned their attention to humanitarian rights – particularly women’s rights. With some of the worst health and mortality figures in the world, low levels of literacy and continuing insecurity, men and women in Afghanistan face tough challenges. The information presented in this report highlights areas in which improvements have been made, areas in which significant improvement has been lacking and areas for focus in the years ahead. The report takes stock of changes in gender mainstreaming since the 2005 WB report.
A GBV AND CHILD PROTECTION PROGRAMME STRATEGY
Gender-based Violence (GBV) and Violations of Child Rights are not mutually exclusive categories. Whilst GBV can include children, violations of child rights can occur in the form of GBV. In Afghanistan, both of these are a hard reality. Yet, certain groups of children do not fall under the radar of stakeholders. This research project focuses on two extremely sensitive, yet critical concepts and endemic operational issues: GBV and Child Protection (CP). The aim of this research is to provide a roadmap to programming in these areas that will realistically: a) address the needs of the people and b) allow for optimum use of present capacity and resources.
THE CHALLENGE OF MAKING AFGHAN SCHOOLS SAFE FOR EDUCATION
In Afghanistan, children’s access to education has improved considerably during the last decade. Yet, security continues to deteriorate in many parts of the country, placing education gains for many children at risk. Schools, students, and educators in conflict settings are direct targets of threats and attacks. This document provides highlights from research conducted by Samuel Hall Consulting for Save the Children International (SCI) in 2013.
This study aims to understand the coping mechanisms that individuals, communities, civil society and authorities use to mitigate attacks and threats on schools in Afghanistan. A report commissioned by Save the Children.
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.
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.
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?’
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.
This paper published in REMMM in French draws attention on the progressive loss of identity of nomadic Kuchis. It highlights the reduction of pasture land and the settlement of Kuchis, who live in an increased situation of socio-economic marginalisation.
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.
This event at the Kabul Star Hotel in Kabul, bringing together stakeholders from various sectors, was aimed at collecting additional feedback on the report’s findings regarding HLP rights for women, in order to stregthen the final product and produce recommendations. Several Samuel Hall staff presented key sections of the draft report commissioned by NRC.
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.
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.