Sunday, July 26, 2015

Development News

National Action Plan (NAP) for Women, Peace, and Security. The Afghan government has released its National Action Plan for implementing UNSCR 1325 dated June 2015. The plan outlines the roles of governance structures in regards to women, peace, and security matters. This includes the Ministry of Women's Affairs, the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, family courts, EVAW, and more. The document is posted on the Stability Operations Lessons Learned & Information Management Systems (SOLLIMS) website hosted by PKSOI.

Audit of USAID's Southern Agricultural Program. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) has published an audit entitled "USAID's Southern Regional Agricultural Development Program: Audit of Costs Incurred by International Relief and Development, Inc.", SIGAR 15-73 Financial Audit, July 2015.

"The Good-Governance Trap". A recent article in Project Syndicate (June 24, 2015) says that there is little evidence that success in implementing governance reforms leads to more rapid and inclusive economic and social development. Certainly that is good news for Afghanistan since its government is ineffective, corrupt and undergoing a severe insurgent threat.

Map of Aid Worker Attacks. In 2000 there were 41 significant attacks on aid workers recorded across the globe. By 2014, it had risen to 190. In those 15 years, over 3,000 aid workers have been killed, injured, or kidnapped. A map on the IRIN website depicts those 15 years of attacks. You can key in on Afghanistan by clicking the country outline on the map.

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