This report presents the results of a September 2011 study commissioned
by the Department for International Development (DFID)’s South Asia
Research Hub (SARH) and DFID-Afghanistan (DFID-A) to map research
capacity in Afghanistan and identify gaps in research and analysis which
would be valuable to Afghan and international development partners.
The mapping sought to answer the following questions:
1. Who are the main funders of research and policy analysis in
2. What are the main areas in which research is being carried out and
3. What is the current capacity for high-quality research and policy
analysis by sector?
4. What are the capacity building needs for Afghan research
institutions and think tanks?
5. What are the evidence gaps in DFID-A’s Operational Plan and other
development partners planning documents?
6. What research and analysis currently available could fill these
7. Who is best placed to commission research and analysis to fill
The methodology consisted of a review of Afghan government, DFID and
other donor policy documents; review of research and analytical outputs;
and interviews with relevant producers and consumers of research, as
well as stakeholders in the Afghan development process. The main focus
was on the sectors contained explicitly or implicitly in DFID-A’s
operational plan, namely governance and security, agriculture, natural
resource management, rural livelihoods, environment, wealth creation,
gender, health, education, and humanitarian assistance, although many of
the observations made about research in these sectors apply more broadly
across other sectors.
Fishstein, P.; Paterson, A.; Roe, A. Mapping of research capacity in Afghanistan. (2012) iv + 100 pp.
Mapping of research capacity in Afghanistan.