Working paper

Donor support to peace processes: a Lessons for Peace literature review

Set against a global context of rising violent conflict and the changing nature of conflict driven by a broad range of factors, including a wider spectrum of involved parties, this paper considers lessons drawn from key literature on recent peace processes and multilateral settlements, and...
Journal article

Significant factors causing cost overruns in the construction industry in Afghanistan

One criterion for judging the success of a construction project is whether it is completed within budget. This is often more of a challenge in developing countries where budget problems are just one factor in often poor project performance. In Afghanistan, construction cost overruns are...
Report

Australia-Afghanistan relations: reflections on a half-century

It is now fifty years since diplomatic relations were formally established between the Commonwealth of Australia and the Kingdom of Afghanistan. This paper explores some of the key dimensions of the development of the relationship.
Literature review

Community-based mental health and wellbeing support for refugees

This Evidence Check was commissioned by the NSW Ministry of Health to provide a summary of evidence from Australia and other countries related to the effectiveness and appropriateness of community-based psychosocial support services and programs for refugees and asylum seekers.
Working paper

Dignity in displacement: case studies from Afghanistan, Colombia, the Philippines and South Sudan

This project, by the Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), looks at dignity in displacement and aims to explore how affected people conceptualise dignity and their perceptions of whether humanitarian action has upheld or undermined their dignity.
Report

Climate change and water in the Hindu Kush Himalayas

Climate change poses a major threat to the watersheds of the Hindu Kush region of the Himalayas (HKH). Increasing temperatures are likely to exacerbate existing trends, which cause low water levels in the summer and floods in the winter.
Briefing paper

Finishing strong: seeking a proper exit from Afghanistan

This paper argues that the United States should pursue an exit strategy that is based on realistic timelines, supports a viable peace process that achieves a legitimate, representative Afghan government, seeks to protect the political and social gains made over almost 20 years, and provides...
Report

The United States in South Asia: the Afghanistan factor

Afghanistan and the US share a relationship that dates back to the early 1920s. The relationship has been predicated upon providing advantage to the US - a situation that seems likely to continue into the future.
Evaluation

Making it count: lessons from Australian electoral assistance 2006-16

This Office of Development Effectiveness evaluation examined the effectiveness, inclusiveness and efficiency of Australian electoral assistance to major national elections in eight countries between 2006 and 2016: Afghanistan, Myanmar, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji and Tonga.
Report

China in South Asia: the case of Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, China recognises several economic and strategic opportunities to advance its goals in the region and beyond, including the opportunity to acquire access to much of Afghanistan’s mineral wealth.