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Keeping the Faith: Afghan Women Need Continued International Support
October 29, 2016

Keeping the Faith: Afghan Women Need Continued International Support

By Catherine Putz
Women’s lives remain difficult in Afghanistan; security and corruption stand as major impediments to progress.
Will the World Keep Funding Afghanistan?
September 29, 2016

Will the World Keep Funding Afghanistan?

By Catherine Putz
Donors are expected to commit to $4 billion annually, but how will they ensure the aid is effective?

Corruption in Afghanistan: How to Hold Onto Lessons Learned?
September 16, 2016

Corruption in Afghanistan: How to Hold Onto Lessons Learned?

By Catherine Putz
A new SIGAR report highlights what the U.S. government shouldn’t forget about fighting corruption.

The Battle for Helmand: Afghanistan's Largest Province May Fall Entirely to the Taliban
August 11, 2016

The Battle for Helmand: Afghanistan's Largest Province May Fall Entirely to the Taliban

By Ankit Panda
Helmand, the nexus of opium production in Afghanistan, may fall entirely into the Taliban's hands.

In Afghanistan, Contractors Paid in Full for Incomplete Projects
March 16, 2016

In Afghanistan, Contractors Paid in Full for Incomplete Projects

By Catherine Putz
SIGAR reviewed 6 years of inspectors reports and found recurring problems in Defense Department reconstruction projects.
Measuring Afghanistan’s Education Problem
January 13, 2016

Measuring Afghanistan’s Education Problem

By Catherine Putz
An estimated 40 percent of Afghanistan’s children are not in school.

How to Waste Money in Afghanistan: Private Villas and Guards
December 04, 2015

How to Waste Money in Afghanistan: Private Villas and Guards

By Catherine Putz
SIGAR asks if anyone did a cost-benefit analysis before spending $150 million on private villas and guards.
China's Military Just Got a Big Structural Shakeup
November 26, 2015

China's Military Just Got a Big Structural Shakeup

By Ankit Panda
Plus, cost overrun and due diligence in Afghanistan, Mischief Reef updates, and more. Thanksgiving weekend links.

Why Was an Afghan Compressed Natural Gas Station 86 Times More Expensive Than Expected?
November 03, 2015

Why Was an Afghan Compressed Natural Gas Station 86 Times More Expensive Than Expected?

By Ankit Panda
U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction wants to know why, but the Pentagon has no answers.

Afghanistan’s 32-Year Refugee Crisis
September 09, 2015

Afghanistan’s 32-Year Refugee Crisis

By Catherine Putz
For three decades Afghanistan was the world’s largest producer of refugees. Millions have returned but problems remain.

In Afghanistan, SIGAR Says Attaching Strings to Aid is a Good Idea
July 30, 2015

In Afghanistan, SIGAR Says Attaching Strings to Aid is a Good Idea

By Catherine Putz
SIGAR’s latest quarterly report stresses conditionality in aid and highlights accuracy problems at USAID.
What Justice? Afghan Court Overturns Death Sentences in Farkhunda Murder
July 09, 2015

What Justice? Afghan Court Overturns Death Sentences in Farkhunda Murder

By Catherine Putz
The U.S. spent over $1 billion since 2003 on rule of law programs in Afghanistan and has little to show for it.

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