The Future of Afghanistan: Development Progress and Prospects after 2014

13 June - 12 July 2012
IDC Inquiry
The Committee has begun an inquiry into progress in development in Afghanistan since the Committee’s last visit in 2007 and the prospects for the period after ‘transition’. It invites evidence on the following issues:

• The economic consequences of the military draw down and how this can be mitigated;
• Co-ordination with other donors and multilateral organisations, and where DFID can best add value through its bilateral programme which focuses on:
o Governance and security: Whether DFID can “tackle the root causes of instability and the effects of insecurity” and the scope for building bridges with opposition and insurgent groups to do this
o Education: what progress has been made, especially for girls, and how to ensure Afghanistan meets the MDG target of completion (rather than enrolment) of primary schooling;
o Wealth creation: DFID’s role in creating sustainable jobs, increasing investment and tax revenues and contributing to poverty reduction and economic stability;
o Humanitarian Assistance: the role of donors and of the UN as co-ordinator and lead on humanitarian assistance;
• Co-ordination between DFID, the FCO and the MoD and the value-added of the cross-Departmental Conflict Pool in Afghanistan;
• How effective DFID has been and what lessons should be learned in relation to its work in fragile and conflict affected states;
• How DFID will ensure progress towards development goals, and that progress made since 2001 is not reversed, after the departure of combat troops, and how it will monitor such progress.

Ashley Jackson is a special advisor in this process.