Taking village context into account in Afghanistan

Adam Pain and Georgina Sturge

Type: Afghanistan, Briefing Paper

Organisation: AREU

Country: Afghanistan

Date: 01/10/2015

Full summary

Afghan villages must not be treated all the same when designing, implementing and evaluating interventions, argue the authors of this report. This briefing paper summarises the findings of a study on variations in performance of customary village government in Afghanistan. It suggests five key factors that could play a vital part in grouping villages that are similar so as to tailor more effective interventions; highlights the importance of paying more attention to the ways in which new structures are incorporated into older customary arrangements; and explores how village elites need to be worked with in different ways according to whether they work towards the common good or not.