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Lessons after 20 years of (failed) peacebuilding

Over the past two decades, there has been considerable donor investment in conflict resolution and peacebuilding programmes in Afghanistan. But these efforts have been patchy, diverse, and disconnected. Meanwhile, armed conflict and insecurity have intensified. Drawing on forthcoming research, this blog sets out key lessons from the past 20 years of peacebuilding, and reflects on how international partners can design more effective interventions in the future.

Published: 22 July 2021

Authors: Shigofa Jamal, Florian Weigand, Ashley Jackson

Lessons for Peace: Afghanistan is developing an independent evidence base to support development partner decision-making in Afghanistan.

Lessons for Peace: Afghanistan helps international development partners support development and peacebuilding by producing research to inform policymaking, and by convening space for debate and discussion. Our work is structured around three pillars of activity.

Pillar 1

Short-form reactive research

As talks and negotiations progress in Doha and internationally, L4P produces timely concise evidence briefs to inform policy decisions in Kabul and international capitals.

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Pillar 2

Horizon-broadening research

Building on lessons from past programming and comparative examples, L4P delivers comprehensive analyses of key areas for further support from international partners.

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Pillar 3

Convening and connecting

Using ODI’s position as an independent third party, L4P brings together stakeholders from development, humanitarian, political, and civil society backgrounds to debate research findings and develop policy responses.

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