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LAND GOVERNANCE ASSESSMENT FRAMEWORK (LGAF) Afghanistan Final Report June 2017 Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit Report Land Governance Assessment Framework (LGAF) Afghanistan June 2017 Editing: Victoria Grace Photos: Gulbudin Elham AREU Publication Code:   1608E ©2017 This publication may be quoted, cited, or reproduced only for non-commercial purposes and provided that the source is acknowledged. The opinions expessed in this publication are those of the contributors and do not necessarily reflect those of the World Bank or Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit. Where this publication is reproduced, stored, or transmitted electronically, a link to AREU’s website (www.areu.org.af) should be provided. Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit 2017 About the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) is an independent research institute based in Kabul. AREU’s mission is to inform and influence policy and practice by conducting high-quality, policy-relevant research and actively disseminating the results, and by promoting a culture of research and learning. To achieve its mission AREU engages with policymakers, civil society, researchers and students to promote their use of AREU’s research and its library, to strengthen their research capacity, and to create opportunities for analysis, reflection, and debate. AREU was established in 2002 by the assistance community in Afghanistan and has a Board of Directors comprised of representatives of donor organisations, the United Nations and other multilateral agencies, and non-governmental organisations. Specific projects in 2017 are being funded by the European Union (EU), the Overseas Development Insititute (ODI), PROMOTE under the United States Agency for International Development (Tetra Tech-WLD), Security Governance Group (SGG), United States Institute of Peace (USIP), German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). Land Governance Assessment Framework (LGAF) i 2017 Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit Acknowledgements The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) expresses its sincere appreciation to all experts who have been actively involved in the Land Governance Assessment Framework (LGAF) process by sharing their expertise and valuable inputs. This is to acknowledge Khalid Bahrami, Ghulam Dastageer Sarwaree, Jamshid Habib, Ghulam Hussain Rahmani, Yasin Safar, Abdul Salam Kohistani, Gul Rahman Totakhail, Fahim Hakim, Weeda Mehran, Shahla Naimi, Peyton Cook and Lucile Martin for their extensive contribution to the nine LGAF thematic areas and developing the first drafts of the nine panel reports. Their unceasing support made it possible to have this report that reflects their views. Additional thanks are extended to all government agencies that collaborated with AREU in this study. Specifically, the Afghanistan Independent Land Authority (and its director, Jawad Peikar), Ministry of Finance, and Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock (MAIL) for their cooperation until the final stages of the report writing in providing clarifications on some issues. A special thanks is given to Michaela Markova for her diligence in coordinating the project from beginning to end, actively participating in the research process, drafting much of the report and ultimately bringing such into completion. AREU is also grateful to Arifullah Arif, who facilitated all the workshops related to this project. To Aruni Jayakody, who laid the groundwork for this important exercise, and the peer-reviewers whose comments enriched the full report, thank you. Finally, AREU is sincerely grateful to LGAF Global Coordinator Thea Hilhorst and World Bank, particularly Asta Olsen and Mohammad Yasin Noori, for giving AREU the opportunity to coordinate the LGAF in Afghanistan. Note: This report is the result of extensive research and dialogue that took place during 2015 and was consolidated and finalised by end of 2016. While new developments have inevitably occurred since the initial research for this project was conducted, the LGAF remains a useful resource and ‘situation assessment’ vis-à-vis the issue of land management and builds upon previous AREU work on the subject. Further, the process of consultation during the research was in itself valuable and, therefore, deserving of inclusion in public records, despite an extended delay. ii AREU Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit 2017 Contents 1.  Introduction...............................................................................................23 2.   Methodology........................................................................................... 26

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