Loading results

  • Re-Examining the Terms of Aid

    The goal of development in fragile states is well established: to help forge pathways out of fragility towards self-reliance and to deliver inclusive and sustainable social, economic, and security outcomes for citizens. The way to get there is also clear: build national capacity to fulfil the core functions of a state. However, despite this broad.. Read more

    Download the document here
  • Public Participation in the National Budget: Lessons from Pilot Townhall Meetings in Afghanistan

    Based on pilot townhalls in Afghanistan, this piece examines how citizens can participate in the formulation of the national budget. Initial findings identified citizens’ stronger-than-expected interest with the national budget, and how their engagement can be leveraged to improve government oversight, national accountability, and the inclusivity and performance of state services.

    View the complete post
  • Team-Based Performance Management Systems: Lessons from Afghanistan

    Many global policy agreements on increased aid effectiveness have advocated for development partners to use and build the capacity of the aid recipient country’s institutions to achieve greater sustainability. However, experience from fragile and conflict-affected situation (FCS) countries shows that, despite substantial investment and good intentions to build capacity in state institutions, few strong examples have emerged. This Development Practice Note (DPN) outlines the lessons learned from the implementation of a team-based performance management system in the Afghan Ministry of Finance to build these capacities, and offers recommendations for improvements in Afghanistan and considerations for utilizing the system in other country contexts.

    View the complete post
  • Asset Maps

    Rooted in its experience and expertise in state institutions, ISE has developed asset maps as a reframed perspective in which a country’s assets and opportunities are recognized as tools of progress, not static demonstrations of value. By shifting the conversation, it recognizes internal actors and resources as critical catalysts for change and the foundational underpinning.. Read more

    View the complete post
  • Community-driven Development in Afghanistan: Inclusivity and the Citizens’ Charter

    Khyber Farahi, former senior adviser to the president on migration and social development, speaks with ISE on his experience working on community-driven development (CDD) in Afghanistan and the critical role of fostering community-ownership in the development process.

  • Participatory Development: The Case for Substantive Facilitation

    Afghanistan’s Citizens’ Charter program is national in scope, which means that the core model of facilitation must be able to adapt to a tremendously broad range of socioeconomic environments. This is particularly important as the program was designed with the explicit goal of pro-poor targeting and socially inclusive planning. This brief unpacks the black box of “community,” illustrates why facilitators matter and the implications of poor facilitation and lays out the substance of facilitation in the Citizens’ Charter and the follow up that is needed.

    View the complete post
  • Afghanistan’s Citizens’ Charter and Inclusive Development: Afghanistan’s Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Kuchi Population in the Citizens’ Charter

    Afghanistan’s nomadic and semi-nomadic populations are highly vulnerable and are generally excluded from development interventions. The Citizens’ Charter aims to work with this population to provide key services. This brief sets out key areas that must be considered in the design of a pastoralist program. These include assessing nomadic and semi-nomadic pastoralists’ economic potential, their vulnerabilities, pasture access regimes, socioeconomic differentiation, social and political organization, gender relations, and existing models of services provision. Each section draws on the available literature and points to next steps, and the brief concludes by summarizing the work ahead.

    View the complete post
Navigate to top