Country: Afghanistan

Aid responses to Afghanistan: learning from previous evaluations

This article distils nine key lessons from previous evaluations that have direct – or potential – relevance to Afghanistan today. More than 50 formal evaluation reports were drawn on, supplemented by key evaluative studies. While there are unique aspects to the current situation in Afghanistan, many elements, and their likely evolution, stand comparison with previous… Read more »

The Strategic Framework Review: lessons for post-Taliban Afghanistan

The Strategic Framework for Afghanistan was designed to promote greater coherence between the assistance and political wings of the UN. Three years later, the Strategic Framework Review concluded that it has failed. This article summarises the findings of the Review. Afghans look to the future with a mixture of hope and fear. Hope that, after… Read more »

Échange Humanitaire No. 19 : Afghanistan

Cinq années après que les Talibans se sont emparés du pouvoir à Kaboul, Échange humanitaire consacre une grande partie de ce numéro à l’Afghanistan. Le pays possède tous les ingrédients propres à une urgence humanitaire quintessencielle, à savoir : plus de deux décennies de guerre civile brutale (dont l’Occident et les puissances régionales se sont fait complices) qui ont… Read more »

Community feedback and complaints mechanisms: early lessons from Tearfund’s experience

Tearfund’s approach to feedback and complaints handling is part of a broader organisational commitment to accountability, which promotes information sharing, transparency, participation and learning with project participants. Feedback and complaints mechanisms are based on community preferences and cultural norms to ensure that they are accessible, safe and easy to use. All feedback is recorded, responses… Read more »

The InterAgency Strategic Framework Mission to Afghanistan

The UN InterAgency Mission to Afghanistan in September/October 1997 represented the first effort by the UN and its partners to put a common strategic framework (SF) into place for a particular country experiencing crisis (see issue 10). Under the aegis of the UN Department of Political Affairs, the 7-person mission responded to a decision by… Read more »

Afghanistan (May 1998)

The key question at the present juncture is when, and on what scale, the usual Spring offensives will take place in Afghanistan. Peace talks were held between the Taliban and representatives of the northern alliance at the end of April, under the auspices of the UN and the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, but these… Read more »

In Brief…. (May 1997)

… The rebel Alliance forces of Laurent Kabila, supported by Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Angola, entered Kinshasa, the capital of Zaire, forcing President Mobutu to flee the country. Kabila subsequently formed a government excluding opposition leader Tshichekedi and proclaimed himself President. International aid officials have publicly criticised the Alliance for human rights abuses towards Rwandan… Read more »

Afghanistan (February 1997)

Having taken Kabul at the end of September, the Taleban then moved north and captured the towns and villages which lay between Kabul and the Salang Pass. These were quickly retaken by opposition forces, aided by insurrection from within the population. Following a stalemate during which the Taleban and the opposition forces were locked into… Read more »

Afghanistan (November 1996)

The seizure of Kabul by the radical Islamist group, the Taleban, which had taken the southern and western provinces of Afghanistan over the previous two years, has provoked strong reactions from the international aid community. There has been particular concern at prohibitions on women working or girls having access to education. Agencies working in Kabul… Read more »