USIP – The U.S. Surge and Afghan Local Governance

The U.S. Surge and Afghan Local Governance, a special report recently issued by The United States Institute of Peace, examines the U.S. military and civilian surge into Afghanistan beginning in late 2009. Despite policymakers’ claims that the mission’s goals  – to stabilize Afghanistan through interconnected security, governance, and development initiatives –  were “modest,” the surge’s stated objectives amounted to…

Survey results : advanced seminar – decentralisation and local governance : session 1.2

Abstract: A survey on the extent and depth of decentralization was conducted among seminar participants from Eritrea, Burkina, Faso, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Cambodia, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Egypt, Guatemala, Pakistan, Dominican Republic, Morocco, Mozambique, Rwanda, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Zambia, and Lebanon. Author(s): ECDPM Source(s): , [17] p., ill. Published: 2012 European centre for development policy management] (ECDPM),…

The U.S. surge and Afghan local governance : lessons for transition

Abstract: The U.S. military and civilian surge into Afghanistan starting in late 2009 aimed to stabilize the country through interconnected security, governance, and development initiatives. It failed due to three fundamental assumptions with regard to local governance and government that were unrealistic. Author(s): Brown, Frances Z. Source(s): , Special report / United States institute of…

Afghanistan : food security and land governance factsheet

Abstract: This factsheet contains information on the regulatory land governance framework in Afghanistan, including land tenure forms, the institutional land governance framework, gender, foreign direct investment, land grabbing, national policy, and donor support. Author(s): Heegde, Martijn De; Hilhorst, Dorothea H.M.; Porchet, Nicholas Source(s): , 8 p., ill., tabs Published: 2011 Land governance for equitable and…

Political economy of sub-national government

Abstract: The evolution of sub-national government as a means for central government to accommodate or subordinate local power centers is described. Contradictions between formally assigned roles and the actual power that sub-national actors are able to wield are highlighted. Author(s): GSDRC Source(s): , [2] p. Published: 2009 University of Birmingham. Governance and social development resource…

The effectiveness of the state, intergovernmental relations, and the success or failure of the international strategy in Afghanistan

Abstract: The characteristics of the current intergovernmental system and the burden on the delivery of citizen-focused services in Afghanistan are described. Suggestions for steps that donors can take to address the paradox of having excessive central control in a weak state are suggested. Author(s): Boex, Jamie; Cadwell, Charles Source(s): , Policy brief / Urban institute…