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The Budget Process and Budget Advocacy: A Handbook

This manual is structured in three parts and serves as a resource for understanding the budget process in Afghanistan and identifying entry points for civil society to engage with budgeting authorities to ensure that citizens’ needs and concerns are accounted for and addressed in budget decisions.

The first part of this manual describes the basic principles of budgeting within a good governance framework. The second part describes the budgeting process in Afghanistan. The third part of this manual focuses on how and during which stages of the budget process CSOs and Local Authorities (LAs) can jointly influence budgeting decisions of the national government and elected officials to include local needs and priorities in annual government budgeting, particularly in the health and education sectors.

Research Fields:   Resources

Monitoring and Evaluation: A Handbook

This manual is prepared as a brief, practical guide to monitoring and evaluation based on international standards. The manual provides working definitions for key terms, followed by practical examples of how to develop indicators, design and carry out monitoring, and conduct evaluations.

Research Fields:   Resources

NAP 1325: Women’s Participation in Paktia and Herat

The research for this case study report focuses on women’s participation in Herat and Paktia, to help build an understanding of progress in these two provinces towards the implementation of NAP 1325, and to highlight potential obstacles or barriers towards this implementation.

This research was carried out as part of the ongoing work of the Monitoring Women’s Peace and Security partnership between APPRO, Cordaid and Equality for Peace and Democracy. MWPS aims to assess the implementation of Afghanistan’s NAP 1325 in 15 provinces.

Research Fields:   Human Security Reports

Policy and Institutional Analysis: A Handbook

As a profession, policy analysis examines what actions would best serve the public interest in a given situation, and how those actions can be successfully elaborated as formal policy and implemented by state actors with support from their civil society constituents. To increase the likelihood of success and sustainability of policy outcomes, modern policy analysis […]

Research Fields:   Resources

Crafts-Making As Relief and Recovery Intervention: Findings From Balkh and Daikundi

This research was carried out as part of the ongoing work of the Monitoring Women’s Peace and Security partnership between APPRO, Cordaid and Equality for Peace and Democracy. MWPS aims to assess the implementation of Afghanistan’s NAP 1325 in 15 provinces. The case study presented here explores the ways in which crafts-making in the provinces of Balkh and Daikondi is currently contributing to the achievement of the aims of the fourth pillar of Afghanistan’s National Action Plan 1325, “Relief and Recovery.”

Research Fields:   Human Security Reports

Localization of Afghanistan’s NAP 1325: A 15-Province Status Report

This is the third Annual Synthesis Report for the project, “Monitoring Women’s Peace and Security” (MWPS), reporting on activities covering the last quarter of 2015 to the end of 2016.  MWPS is led by Cordaid and funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to monitor and assist in the implementation of Afghanistan’s National Action Plan (NAP 1325) at the local level in a partnership comprising Cordaid, APPRO, and EPD.   

Research Fields:   Human Security Reports

Afghanistan Rights Monitor – Cycle 4

This is the fourth monitoring report of Afghanistan Rights Monitor (ARM). The objective for the ARM monitoring rounds is to assess changes in fundamental rights conditions across ten target provinces from January 2016 to December 2017. “Fundamental Rights” are conceptualized broadly to include Civic, Social, and Economic rights. A baseline assessment was concluded in December 2015 to establish the basis against which to monitor changes in fundamental rights conditions, followed by three monitoring cycles.  This fourth monitoring cycle covers March to June 2017. Data were collected in 29 rural and urban districts in the Central, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western geographical zones of Afghanistan.

Research Fields:   Human Security Reports

Re-conceptualizing Corruption In Afghanistan: An Institution of Bad Governance

This baseline assessment was carried out to support the work of CFAC and efforts by civil society organizations, government authorities, and international donors in anti-corruption by providing in-depth insights into the tax assessment, payment, and collection processes at the Revenue Department of the Ministry of Finance, particularly in the Small, Medium-sized, and Large Taxpayer Offices (STO/MTO/LTO) and make practical recommendations on how to curb corruption in these processes.
In late 2016, APPRO conducted research in Kabul, Mazar-e Sharif, Herat, Kandahar, and Jalalabad on the interactions between taxpayers (NGOs and private sector) and tax collectors (mainly MTO but to a lesser extent also LTO and STO). This research was designed to establish the extent of predatory corruption in tax assessment, payment, and collection to identify the actors, factors, and mechanisms that facilitate corruption and to identity pathways to curb corruption as a necessary condition for good governance.

Research Fields:   Governance Reports
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