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“90% real”– The rise and fall of a rentier economy: Stories from Kandahar, Afghanistan

This ethnographic study started as an enquiry into the employment opportunities rural migrants have found on the informa... Read More


Reaching Boiling Point: High School Activism in Afghanistan

In 2010, an AREU study investigated university students and their political orientation. This current project instead fo... Read More


Helmand on the Move: Migration as a Response to Crop Failure

This paper provides an account of how the shift in security provision from a combined ISAF and ANSF operation to one dri... Read More


Briefing note on fieldwork in Balkh Province, May 2015 Opium poppy and rural livelihoods

The following notes describe very initial findings from fieldwork done in ten villages in Balkh Province’s Chimtal and C... Read More


Change-makers: how a new generation of Afghan women are inspiring others to action

Shukria Azmadmanesh

Sunday 11 October was International Day of the Girl. This year’s focus is on Adolescent girls. Despite the MDG targets to achieve universal primary education and eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education by 2015, according to Afghanistan’s most recent census only 23% of Afghan adolescent girls spend their teenage years in school, as compared to 42% of their male counterparts. Most rural families in particular still do not believe it is necessary for girls to get an education; these girls are to marry young. Thus, change must start from within.


Roundtable: The Political and Economic Marketplace...

Roundtable: Mapping Village Variability in Afghanistan: the use of cluster analysis to construct village typolog...

Workshop: Developing Training Materials on Trafficking in Persons in Afghanistan....

Open Discussion: Open dialogue on the role of civil society in promoting good governance...