SOAS University of London

SOAS event to address development challenges in Afghanistan

11 December 2013

The present development situation in Afghanistan will be addressed at the ‘Development Challenges in Afghanistan’ panel discussion at SOAS, University of London on Thursday 12 December 2013.

The event, organised by the Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus, will examine levels of poverty and the specific needs of vulnerable groups including women and children.

The panel of experts will also discuss the implications of the 2014 transition for development challenges in Afghanistan and how can the Afghan government, international donors and civil society respond to these challenges.

Chaired by Jonathan Goodhand, Professor in Conflict and Development Studies, the panel consists of Mohammed Tariq Ismati, Deputy Minister for Programmes, Ministry of Rehabilitation and Rural Development, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Pauline Hayes, Director, Western Asia Department, DFID and Jawed Nader, Director, British and Irish Agencies Afghanistan Group (BAAG).

Professor Goodhand said: “With the draw down of foreign troops in 2014 and a declining appetite for engagement in Afghanistan it is vital that western donors recognise that there have been development successes in the country and to stand by their commitments into the future.”

The event is free to attend and no booking is required. Find out more.