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The Research

Attempts to engineer a social transformation and shift Afghanistan from its existing social order to one more reflective of Western norms have largely failed to take root and, if anything, have helped consolidate a rule of patronage and personalised relationships. A significant part of this failure can be attributed to conflict between irreconcilable goals and means in relation to fighting terrorism, addressing insurgency, responding to the opium economy and liberal state building, and the effects these have had in terms of muddling objectives and practices on the development agenda. But a goodly part of the mess can also be attributed to conflicting cultures, goals and practices between donors.

SLRC’s Afghanistan research programme seeks to generate usable evidence on livelihoods, service delivery and social protection that will help inform better modes of international engagement in Afghanistan.

The SLRC Afghanistan Research Programme will be guided by three research themes:

  1. Context analysis and responding to village preconditions in service delivery
  2. Service Delivery and capacity building of regional social orders
  3. Economic life and livelihood trajectories

The Afghanistan Research Programme Leaflet

The Team

Our Afghanistan research programme is being led by the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) based in Kabul, Afghanistan.


Contact Us

For further information about the SLRC Afghanistan Research Programme, or to get hold of hard copies of any our publications please contact Sradda Thappa at:

AREU, PO Box 3169, Shahr-i-Naw Post Office, Ministry of Interior Road, Shahr-i-Naw, Kabul,  Afghanistan

Tel: +93 (0)799 608 548

Website: http://www.areu.org.af/

E-mail: slrc@odi.org.uk

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Title Author Summary Country Date
Livelihoods, basic services and social protection in Afghanistan Adam Pain This working paper examines the links between livelihoods, service delivery and social protection interventions in Afghanistan and how poor people seek to make a living and scrutinises the causal models or ‘theories of change’ that underpin such interventions. Afghanistan 03/09/2012