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Legal Aid in Afghanistan: Contexts, Challenges and the Future

Sarah Han

In this new briefing paper, lawyer and legal aid expert Sarah Han looks at the historical, legal and political context to the provision of legal aid and describes the efforts of the international community over the past five years to developing funding streams for the accused. The author commends the modest but significant improvements in […]

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Why the aid drawdown in Afghanistan could be a good thing

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IRIN, 26 March 2012 The gradual drawdown of US-NATO troops, and the planned handover of full security responsibilities to Afghan forces in 2014, has had the aid community worried about a corresponding drop in aid funds. But many aid workers also see the transition as an opportunity to reset aid delivery in Afghanistan, which for […]

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Guest Blog: No Frontpage News? Afghanistan’s Ongoing IDP Crisis

Susanne Schmeidl Dan Tyler

A powerful article published in the New York Times on 3 February 2011 has raised the critical question about what, if anything, humanitarian agencies are doing to address the growing IDP crisis in Afghanistan and how many children (and adults) have to die until the international community is willing to wake up and admit that […]

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Roads to Nowhere: Program to Win Over Afghans Fails

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Wall Street Journal, 10 February 2012 Dion Nissenbaum reports on the USAID, IRD-implemented campaign to build 1200 miles of road in insurgency-affected areas. A long list of the many things that can go wrong when you start using ‘aid as a weapons system’, including immense wastage, silly projects (think ‘flower literacy’), violence, local conflict, abandoned […]

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Was $73 bn of Afghan aid wasted?

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Politico, 12 January 2012 A former US auditor throws a telling light on US aid (in-)effectiveness, pointing out that USAID ‘has struggled’ to keep NGOs (probably those famous for-profit NGOs) overhead costs ‘under 70 per cent’ and that ‘NGO’s raw accounting data is unaudited and unverified’. He also estimates that up to 15 per cent […]

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UN: Afghan Refugee Strategy a ‘Big Mistake’

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AFP, 28 December 2011 Peter Nicolaus, head of the UN refugee programme in Afghanistan on Tuesday described its strategy in the war-wracked country since 2002 as the ‘biggest mistake UNHCR ever made’. He said the international community had failed to help returnees find a means of earning a living and therefore reintegrating into society and […]

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At Kabul airport, exodus of U.S. aid goes on

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Washington Post, 20 July 2011 ‘More than a year after The Washington Post first disclosed American concerns about the airport, a report released Wednesday by the U.S. special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction concludes that attempts to choke off the exodus of cash have been plagued by a hard-to-fathom set of obstacles.The installation of currency-counting […]

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The Fallacy of COIN: One Officer’s Frustration

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Small Wars Journal, 13 March 2011 Former USAID official and marine Scott Dempsey gives a realistic description of the celebrated (and often visited) COIN model district on Nawa, of what had been achieved there really and what not.

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For Red Cross, Aid Conditions Hit New Low in Afghanistan

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New York Times, 15 December 2010 In a rare press conference, the ICRC raised its ‘extreme’ concerned that yet another year of fighting with dramatic consequences for an ever growing number of people in by now almost the entire country will follow in 2011. Kabul ICRC head Reto Stocker said that the situation has worsened […]

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Winter misery as food prices rise

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IRIN, 15 November 2010 A steady rise in food prices this year is posing serious risks for millions of Afghans, aid agencies say. The average wheat price in September was 7.3 percent higher than in August, and wheat prices in Afghanistan were ‘the highest in the region’, according to the WFP. Afghanistan is expecting a […]

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Karzai Security Contractor Ban Could Assist Humanitarian Aid Work

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Eurasianet, 28 October 2010 Aunohita Mojumdar puts another part of the current spin straight: The PSC ban does NOT hamper humanitarian work, at least not that of non-governmental organisations. And even ‘[n]ot all donors use private security companies […]. The Canadian government also indicated that a ban would have a minimal impact on aid operations […]

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