Aid Paradoxes in Afghanistan with Dr. Nematullah Bizhan
|Address||Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road|
|At||Blavatnik School of Government|
Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road
Blavatnik School of Government
Author and research fellow of Blavatnik School of Government, Dr. Nematullah Bizhan discusses his new book, Aid Paradoxes in Afghanistan: Building and Undermining the State. How do international assistance and intervention affect state building in situations of fragility? Author Nematullah Bizhan addresses this question by examining the case of Afghanistan post 9/11, a country which has been at the forefront of the Cold War and the “war on terror”. Although some of the problems that emerged in the state building process in Afghanistan were predictable as the country inherited unfavourable conditions, the types of interventions that occurred—including an aid architecture which largely bypassed the state, the subordination of state building to the war on terror, and the short horizon policy choices of donors and the Afghan government—reduced the effectiveness of the aid and undermined effective state building.
The book examines the dynamic and complex relations between the Afghan government and foreign donors in their efforts to rebuild state institutions. It explores three key areas: how donors supported government reforms to improve the taxation system, how government reorganised the state's fiscal management system, and how aid dependency and aid distribution outside the government budget affected interactions between state and society. The book launch will be followed by a drinks reception. Jawed Ludin, former Presidential Chief of Staff (2005-2007) and Deputy Foreign Minister (2011-2013) in Afghanistan, and Professor Stefan Dercon, Professor of Economic Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, will be discussants and Calum Miller will moderate. The event is free and open to all. To attend, please register.
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