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Deconstructing “Democracy” in Afghanistan

About the Author

Anna Larson is an independent consultant on governance and democratisation in Afghanistan. Between 2006 and 2010 she was a researcher with the gender and later governance teams at the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, and has been working in Afghanistan on governance and gender issues since 2004. She has an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from SOAS, University of London, and is a PhD candidate at the Post-war Recovery and Development Unit (PRDU) at York University, where she is studying democratisation processes in Afghanistan.

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 through conducting high-quality, policy-relevant research and actively disseminating the results, and to promote 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 working in Afghanistan and has a board of directors with representation from donors, the United Nations and other multilateral agencies, and nongovernmental organisations. AREU currently receives core funds from the governments of Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Specific projects have been funded by the Foundation of the Open Society Institute Afghanistan (FOSIA), the Asia Foundation (TAF), the European Commission (EC) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).


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