Keyword Archives: aid and security
This paper by Paul Fishstein and Andrew Wilder presents findings from research conducted by FIC in five provinces of Afghanistan between July 2008 and January 2010 on the relationship between aid projects and security.
Winning Hearts and Minds? Examining the Relationship between Aid and Security in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province
This third Afghanistan provincial case study examines the use of aid, including “Quick Impact Projects” (QIPS), from 2006-08 to attempt to produce stability in an area of Afghanistan which has been among the most insecure and which has been a major focus of financial and human resources.
Winning Hearts and Minds? Examining the Relationship between Aid and Security in Afghanistan’s Faryab Province
This second provincial case study, authored by Geert Gompelman, examines the drivers of insecurity, characteristics of aid projects and aid implementers, and effects of aid projects on the popularity of aid actors and on security in an area of Afghanistan which has been among the most peaceful, but which has significant pockets of insecurity. Faryab differs from the other provinces in that the Norwegian-led Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) does not have a civil-military coordination function and does not directly implement development projects, instead channeling its aid through the central government, multi-lateral institutions, and non-governmental organizations.
This new case study by Paul Fishstein examines the drivers of insecurity, characteristics of aid projects and aid implementers, and effects of aid projects on the popularity of aid actors and on security in an area of Afghanistan which has been among the most peaceful, but which over the last year has seen increasing insecurity. The research confirmed the widespread expressed dissatisfaction with post-2001 development activities, sometimes in contradiction of on-the-ground realities.
This case study on Kenya, researched and written by Mark Bradbury and Michael Kleinman, is the first in a series of publications presenting the findings of a two-year FIC comparative study on the relationship between aid and security in northeastern Kenya and in five provinces of Afghanistan. The overall study has focused in particular on trying to determine the effectiveness of aid in promoting stabilization and security objectives, including by helping to “win hearts and minds” of local populations.
Winning "Hearts and Minds" in Afghanistan: Assessing the Effectiveness of Development Aid in COIN Operations
Development assistance is becoming an increasingly important tool to “win hearts and minds” and promote stability in counterinsurgency (COIN) operations. Given its centrality to COIN doctrine and strategy, there is still a surprisingly weak evidence base for the effectiveness of aid as a COIN “weapons system.” The objective of this conference is to help address this evidence gap. The 1022nd Wilton Park Conference will facilitate interaction and learning between policymakers, practitioners and researchers interested in the relationship between aid and stabilization in Afghanistan as well as in COIN contexts more generally.
Testimony of Andrew Wilder.
A key part of the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan is to win the heats and minds of the population with development aid, but here is concern that aid money to Afghanistan actually is helping insurgents. On NPR’s Morning Edition, Andrew Wilder discusses his research in the region.
Andrew Wilder, former Research Director of Politics and Policy, and David Kilcullen, Former COIN Advisor to General David Petraeus and Secretary Condolezza Rice, discussed current efforts in Afghanistan in an event at the United States Institute of Peace. The discussion … Read More