Stability and Governance Framework
The district is the prime locus of citizen-state interaction in the majority of the country. However, in Afghanistan and particularly in the South where tribal structures have always prevented the state to interfere locally, suspicion of government is a major inclination in the citizens’ relation to authority.
The baseline activities conducted under the Stabilization in Key Areas (SIKA) South Stability and Rural Development baseline assessment aimed at collecting evaluative data in 14 districts of Helmand, Kandahar, Uruzgan and Zabul provinces, to provide the first data points for comparison with midterm and end-of-program survey data points. ATR conducted quantitative and qualitative research covering:
- perceptions of security;
- levels of trust and distrust towards the security forces;
- awareness of and confidence in district-level entities;
- assessment of government service delivery
- perceptions of barriers to government effectiveness;
The research included a capacity-assessment of sub-level governance entities in each district (District Development Assembly and Community Development Councils).
ATR provided the basis for subsequent assessments of how efficiently the program’s activities are being implemented and the results achieved.