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Afghanistan’s Access to Information Law – A Preliminary Review

This assessment was carried out to establish the current arrangements for access by the general public to service information from public institutions. The recommendations from this assessment are intended to inform efforts to reform Afghanistan’s nascent Access to Information Law. The two service areas assessed were the public health sector and electricity provision in Kabul.

Research Fields:   Governance

State-Civil Society Interactions in Turkey: Retrospect and Prospects

This paper examines the patterns of state-civil society interaction in Turkey with a specific focus on rights-based civil society organizations (CSOs) active in the fields of women’s and human rights. The research sought to examine the key features of state-civil society interface and conduct a qualitative analysis of the roles CSOs play in the mode of governance in Turkey and the implications for policy options to strengthen state-civil society interactions toward good governance in Afghanistan and other developing or emerging democracies.

Research Fields:   Governance

Patterns of State-Civil Society Interactions in India: Key Features

This paper is one of a series of papers to examine, and learn from, CSO-government interface in contexts similar to Afghanistan. This paper focuses on the evolution of CSO-government interface in India. To ensure currency and availability of data, the two topics selected for this paper are violence against women and corruption.

Research Fields:   Governance

Women in Afghan National Police – What Now?

This paper highlights some of the major barriers to the professionalization of policewomen in ANP, assesses the impact and sustainability of initiatives to support policewomen, and identifies entry points for future interventions to strengthen the presence and increase the number of women in ANP.

Research Fields:   Governance

Resilience and Conflict: Clustered Enterprises of Balkh, Kabul, and Parwan

There remain significant gaps in the knowledge base that informs reconstruction policy making and programming on strengthening the pre-existing (and resilient) bases of economic activity and growth in Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s economy, particularly in urban areas, is to a significant extent made up of constellations of enterprises of the same or related trades clustered around a number of identifiable locations. For a variety of reasons the micro and small-sized enterprises (MSSEs), senfs, anjomans, and the etehadia have persisted, some for hundreds of years and despite the recurring periods of turmoil and instability and continued to add net value to the Afghan economy. Ongoing research by Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization (APPRO) has documented and analyzed the activities, economic contributions, and needs of bazaar-based (clustered) enterprises in major cities of Afghanistan since 2010.

Research Fields:   Political Economy

Women in Transition – Cycle 5 Findings

This is the fifth monitoring report following the baseline study: “Afghanistan: Monitoring Women’s Security in Transition”, published in May 2014. This report examines the impact of the transition of the responsibility for national security from international to Afghan national security forces to establish whether there are grounds for concern regarding the gains made for and by women in Afghanistan since 2001. The findings from this report, and the recommendations based on these findings, are intended to inform programming and action by the Government of Afghanistan, Afghan civil society organizations, and Afghanistan’s international donors in meeting their commitments to gender equality in Afghanistan.

Research Fields:   Human Security

Women in Transition – Cycle 4 Findings

This is the fourth monitoring report following the baseline study: “Afghanistan: Monitoring Women’s Security in Transition”, published in May 2014. This report examines the impact of the transition of the responsibility for national security from international to Afghan national security forces to establish whether there are grounds for concern regarding the gains made for and by women in Afghanistan since 2001. The findings from this report, and the recommendations based on these findings, are intended to inform programming and action by the Government of Afghanistan, Afghan civil society organizations, and Afghanistan’s international donors in meeting their commitments to gender equality in Afghanistan.

Research Fields:   Human Security

Examining Gender Programming in Afghanistan

This paper has attempted to cover the major themes encountered by gender projects in Afghanistan as discussed by BAAG and its partners over one year. This process that led to the culmination of the Getting it Right Conference was intended to correspond to the complexity of the issue at hand as much as possible. This report documents discussions on the four themes of Protection of Human Rights, Gender Awareness Training, Gender Programming, and Men, Boys and Gender.

Research Fields:   Human Security
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