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Afghanistan: Lessons Identified 2001-2014. Part II-Development Cooperation in Afghanistan

September 12, 2016 | Report

By Nicole Ball

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This is one of three studies commissioned by the political parties supporting Denmark’s engagement in Afghanistan. Its objective is to contribute to the development of realistic and useful lessons for future comprehensive and integrated efforts in fragile and conflict affected states. 

From the outset of the international engagement in Afghanistan post-2001, Denmark understood that its development, security and political/diplomatic tools were all necessary to combat terrorism and support the transition from Taliban rule. As part of this effort, Denmark provided some DKK 4.3 billion development assistance to Afghanistan between 2002 and 2014 to support national, regional and global security and poverty reduction in Afghanistan. In common with other international donors, Denmark experienced successes and challenges in delivering this assistance. 

This report identifies nine lessons concerning the integration of politics, development, stability and security and delivering development assistance that can help guide future Danish -- and other international -- efforts in fragile and conflict-affected states in the future.

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