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Author Veen, Erwin van, author

Title Mistakes, means and opportunities : how donors understand and influence legitimate and inclusive politics in Afghanistan / Erwin van Veen
Published The Hague, the Netherlands : Clingendael, [2016]
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Description 1 online resource (36 pages) : color illustrations
Series CRU Report
CRU report
Contents Acknowledgement -- Executive Summary -- Introduction -- 1. Contemporary Afghan domestic politics in historical perspective -- Selected features of Afghanistan’s political settlement -- Effects of international engagement on Afghan domestic politics since 2001 -- The country's current elite pact considered in terms of its legitimacy and inclusiveness -- 2. How do donors seek to understand Afghan domestic politics? -- The tools that donors use to make sense of Afghan politics--and their limitations -- Internal constraints donors face when trying to understand Afghan politics -- Transmitting political knowledge into development programming -- Consequences of limited understanding, internal constraints and partial transmission -- Conclusion: Ideas for improvement -- Developing conditions that enable a better understanding of Afghan domestic politics -- 1. Create greater domestic political acceptance for the higher cost of obtaining good-quality data in conflict-affected environments -- 2. Improve the living conditions of expatriate staff to make longer postings more attractive -- 3. Develop standard approaches for creating external capacity that can systematically deliver high-quality political analysis -- 4. Develop more sophisticated risk-management practices and accept higher risk-mitigation costs -- Broadening the suite of instruments to stimulate inclusive and legitimate politics -- 1. Build greater insight into how elite transitions can be facilitated by encouraging fresh talent and leadership to enter the political arena -- 2. Develop a better understanding of how institutional and personalized forms of governance can be combined in federally oriented governance hybrids -- 3. Explore what incentivizes warlords and armed groups to compete politically for their interests in a peaceful manner -- Annex. Methodology -- References
Summary This report, which can also be accessed as web pub, presents an analysis on how donors seek to understand Afghan domestic politics, how donors feed such understanding into their development activities, and what recommendations can be distilled from the present state of affairs, which can be relevant for new, more 'politics-oriented' strands in the development discourse, such as 'thinking and working politically' or 'doing development differently'. The author specifically focuses on how donors seek to understand and improve the legitimacy and inclusivity of Afghan domestic politics as part of their corresponding commitment under the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States. Its main conclusion is that donors generally have a modest and one-sided understanding of the nature and dynamics of Afghan domestic politics as expressed through the key premises of its political settlement, a narrow outlook on what type of activities constitute support for the promotion of more legitimate and inclusive politics, and a limited suite of instruments for doing this.-- Publisher description
Notes "August 2016."
At head of title: Clingendael, Netherlands Institute of International Relations
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 35-36),
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (Clingendael, viewed August 4, 2016)
Subject Economic development -- Afghanistan
Investments, Foreign -- Afghanistan
Economic development.
Investments, Foreign.
Politics and government.
Afghanistan -- Politics and government -- 2001-
Form Electronic book
Author Nederlands Instituut voor Internationale Betrekkingen "Clingendael", issuing body
Other Titles How donors understand and influence legitimate and inclusive politics in Afghanistan