Critical Review of NAP 1325 Policies

Studies on the implementation of gender programming in Afghanistan show that strategies and programs are often reduced to “requirements” issued by donors to include a gender component or perspective in all programming with undefined capacity requirements and without concrete guidance, earmarked funding, or systematic monitoring and evaluation mechanisms. The purpose of this review is twofold. First, to assess the adequacy of and effectiveness of WPS programming by major international actors and their Afghan counterparts in Afghanistan and, second, to generate a series of practical recommendations on gender mainstreaming and women-centred programming in Afghanistan, using Afghanistan’s NAP 1325 as the legitimizing instrument.

Authors:   Martin Lucile, Parto Saeed
Research Fields:   Human Security Reports