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The Failed Pilot Test: Kunduz’ local governance crisis

Bethany Matta

The fighting in Kunduz is only one side of the problem. Also issues not related to security are in disarray. Health care, education, agriculture, reconstruction – all are on hold and do not receive much attention from the newly established top level of local authorities. This, AAN guest author Bethany Matta argues, has much to […]

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Power to the People: How to extend Afghans’ access to electricity

Mohsin Amin

More than four billion dollars have, to date, been spent on Afghanistan’s power infrastructure. And yet there are still considerable deficiencies, even in the country’s capital, which has seen most of the investment – and most of the progress. At the same time, the demand for electricity is rapidly growing and the supply-demand gap has […]

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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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Ontwikkeling: Het budget smelt, vragen bij impact

Thomas Ruttig

Mondiaal Nieuws, 20 May 2014 The Belgian news website quotes from a recent AAN paper by Thomas Ruttig in an article about the ongoing discussion about development cooperation in Belgium: “Thomas Ruttig, [co-]directeur van het Afghanistan Academics Netwerk, citeert daarover in een recente MO* paper [which in fact is the translation of an AAN paper] een rapport van […]

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Slippery Slopes: Ecological, social and developmental aspects of the Badakhshan landslide disaster

Thomas Ruttig

A huge double landslide, of possibly unprecedented proportions, destroyed parts of a village in Badakhshan’s Argo district and killed a still unconfirmed number of people on 2 May. AAN Senior Analyst Thomas Ruttig looks at the combination of causes of this disaster including the long-term effects of global warming impacting large parts of South Asia, local […]

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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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External Publication: Einiges besser, nichts wirklich gut (Some things better, nothing really good)

Thomas Ruttig

WeltTrends, January/February 2014 In this German-language article, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig attempts to draw a balance of the twelve years of the US/NATO-led intervention in Afghanistan. Looking at the security situation, the state of the insurgency, achievements and shortcomings in reconstruction, the economy and institution building and at the often-overlooked social situation of the population. He concludes that […]

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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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Nichts ist gut in Afghanistan

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Neues Deutschland, 24 February 2014 German-language reprint of an abbreviated version of Thomas Ruttig's AAN year-ender, with a tendential headline added by the newspaper editors. Access for subscribers only. Original version here.

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Is Afghanistan klaar voor 2014?

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MO* (Mondiaal Nieuws), 5 February 2014 AAN in Flemish. (For the first time?) This is the translation of an AAN year-ender dispatch by Thomas Ruttig, here its English original. 

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Cards on the Table: Transparency and post-2014 Afghan aid

Thomas Ruttig

The joint Afghan-international strategy for 2015 to 2024, the so-called transition period, is based on the assumption that the security situation in the country is conducive to continuing large-scale development programmes. Recently released figures, however, indicate that the instability has not diminished, with a negative impact on access for those who implement, monitor and use […]

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