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Covid-19 in Afghanistan (8): The political economy repercussions of Covid-19 and the aid response

Bill Byrd

In addition to its disastrous public health effects on Afghanistan, the Covid-19 pandemic is harming the country’s economy and has pushed more people into poverty. Covid is also creating a sizable hole in the national budget, diverting precious aid resources away from development and any possible ‘peace dividend’ and complicating rather than simplifying current political […]

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The Cost of Support to Afghanistan: New special report considers the causes of inequality, poverty and a failing democracy

Kate Clark

A new AAN special report looks at why the political vision of the 2002 Bonn Agreement and 2004 constitution with its promises of a representative democracy has failed to materialise. It finds answers in the huge levels of unearned foreign income that has flowed into Afghanistan since 2001, both aid and the money spent by […]

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The Cost of Support to Afghanistan: New special report considers the reasons for inequality, poverty and a failing democracy

Kate Clark

In a new AAN special report, Kate Clark considers the apparent paradox that despite almost two decades of international support to Afghanistan, poverty for most Afghans has deepened. She also explores the gap between the promise of the 2002 Bonn Agreement and 2004 constitution, a multi-ethnic, fully representative government, a democracy with strong checks and […]

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Covid-19 in Afghanistan (3): Distributing aid and changing aid politics – view from a Herati village

S Reza Kazemi

At a time when coronavirus-related aid in Afghanistan is becoming a topic of heated discussion, and the cause of some unfortunate violent incidents, the aid that flowed into a rural community in Afghanistan’s western province of Herat was bitterly and deeply contested. With the day-to-day rhythm of life in this already impoverished village troubled by […]

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Return of the Goodwill? London conference as symbol of a new start

Christine Roehrs

Initially, the upcoming London Conference on Afghanistan (3 and 4 December) was supposed to be a hard check on the Afghan leadership’s governance standards. Corruption, women’s rights, elections – how did the country do, and would it deserve fresh aid commitments? However, the new government to discuss these things is, except for president and CEO, […]

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Decades before Point Zero: Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev on a state visit to Afghanistan in 1955. Photo: archive

From Point Zero to ‘New Warmth’: Russian-Afghan relations since 1989

Thomas Ruttig

After the Soviet occupation years, Afghan-Russian relations were on absolute zero. But post-Soviet Russia has worked carefully on improving the situation step by step. This strategy is based on an about-face under Yeltsin: dropping Najibullah and building a relationship with the mujahedin, beginning in 1992. In recent years, mounting Afghan-US and Russian-US tensions have made […]

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Flaws in the governance

Thomas Ruttig

The Gulf Today/The Independent, 28 May 2014 The author in the Independent writes: “money spent on Afghanistan does not mean money spent in Afghanistan, but even taking this into account it is extraordinary that, despite gargantuan sums spent, Afghan government figures reveal that 60 per cent of children are malnourished and only 27 per cent […]

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Karzai may have post-poll role — he’ll live next to the palace: Martine van Biljert

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Times of India, 4 April 2014 AAN's Martine van Bijlert in a full interview with the India daily on the candidates, the pre-election mood in the country and the challenges facing the winner.  

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External publication (in German): Militarisierung der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit (The Militarisation of Aid)

Thomas Ruttig

Afghanistan Info (Neuchâtel), March 2014 (not online) Thomas Ruttig, “Militarisierung der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit: Der jüngste Afghanistan-Krieg als Auslöser eines Besorgnis erregenden Trend” (Militarisation of Development Cooperation: The recent Afghanistan war as trigger of a concerning trend), Afghanistan Info, Neuchâtel, no. 74 (March 2014), pp 8-9. Issue no 74 of the publication of the Swiss Committee for the Support of […]

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Minister ruft Wirtschaft zu Hilfe [Neue Afghanistan-Strategie]

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Tageszeitung (Berlin), 14 March 2014 (print only) Germany's minister for development has presented his country's post-2014 development strategy which focusses on the north (where German troops have been stationed) and Kabul and five "foci": good governance, economic development, energy, water and education. The strategic paper also emphasises women's rights, democratisation and rule of law. AAN's […]

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The Afghan Report that Could Have Saved the US Billions

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The Fiscal Times, 13 March 2014 In this article, AAN's recent publication of a 1988 USAID report under the title “Retrospective Review of U.S. Assistance to Afghanistan: 1950-1979” is used as a peg for a story about AAN's Thomas Ruttig quoted as saying, turning around former ISAF commander General Eikenberry's famous slogan 'where the road ends the insurgency starts': […]

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Some Western Aid Money Ending Up in Taliban Pockets – Report

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Devex, 8 March 2014 The development career website picks up an older report abour reconstruction money filtering to the Taleban. It quotes AAN's Thomas Ruttig (via AFP): “The Taliban have changed their behaviour vis-a-vis the reconstruction,” he told AFP. “Their overall policy now is to present themselves as a parallel government that is good to […]

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