Synthesis Report: Understanding Afghanistan

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The ‘Understanding Afghanistan’ research project consists of four main studies: (i) a Political
Economy Analysis, (ii) a Strategic Conflict Assessment, (iii) a Growth Diagnostic and, (iv) a Poverty,
Gender and Social Exclusion Analysis. Combined, they present one of the few initiatives that have
sought to consolidate information pertaining to contemporary Afghanistan as a whole. Their main
arguments and findings are brought together and streamlined within this report. Given the diversity
of the sectors being explored, the methods employed and the findings arrived at, this document
should be understood not as the sum of its parts but, rather, as a useful tool for analysing the
linkages between the different ‘Understanding Afghanistan’ outputs. References are constantly
made to the component reports, and further details, explanations and findings should be sought
from within them where this document, due to its brevity, is unable to reflect their totality and
depth. Furthermore, it should be noted that, while this report captures a snapshot of Afghanistan at
the time of its writing, the highly dynamic situation will require constant analysis and a continuous
updating of studies such as ‘Understanding Afghanistan’.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherThe Recovery and Development Consortium
Number of pages70
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2008

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