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Afghanistan Strategic Learning Initiative (ASLI)

This initiative is convened and supported by the UK Humanitarian Innovation Hub in partnership with the Center for Global Development (CGD), Chatham House, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), ODI, and the OECD Development Assistance Committee.

Between December 2021 and February 2022, the Afghanistan Strategic Learning Initiative convened four workshops, that brought together senior leaders, decision-makers, experts, researchers, and practitioners, to discuss what comes next for foreign aid in Afghanistan.

The first workshop, led by Chatham House on 17 December 2021, explored four potential scenarios for Afghanistan’s political, economic, and security trajectory over the next 18-24 months. The second workshop, led by the IDS on 28 January 2022, explored need and vulnerability, tying the drivers of these conditions to the possible future scenarios outlined by Chatham House. The third workshop, led by CGD on 9 February 2022, assessed options for future aid instruments and mechanisms to address the financial crisis. The fourth workshop was led by ODI on 28 February 2022, and focused on options for collective action.

Following the four workshops, ODI has produced a final report on collective action and the initiative has produced a synthesis report that summarises options for an effective international engagement with a changed Afghanistan.

Research Panel Event:

Chatham House Event – What Next for Afghanistan? – Ideas, insights and priorities for collective action across the international community.

Read the ASLI partner papers:

Afghanistan Scenarios: Challenges and way forward for humanitarian intervention in 2022-23; Chatham House
Hameed Hakimi and Gareth Price

Needs and Vulnerability in Afghanistan; Institute of Development Studies
Jeremy Allouche, Lewis Sida, Tina Nelis and Sofya Shahab

Crafting the International Response in Afghanistan: Options to Enable Financial Flows and Promote “Beyond-Humanitarian” Aid; Center for Global Development
Sarah Rose and Michael Pisa