This paper explores the relation between the design of Afghanistan’s National Solidarity Program and implementation outcomes. It draws on a study of village contexts to understand the variability in the relations of responsibility and accountability that exist between customary village leadership, village elites, and village households. Findings on diverse processes of “bricolage” between the NSP intervention and customary practices highlight the politics of village life, which the technical assumptions of the NSP do not address.
Village Context and the National Solidarity Program in Afghanistan
Adam Pain is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala. He is grateful to his colleagues Ashley Jackson, Giulia Minoia, and Danielle Huot for comments on an earlier draft and for those of the reviewer. This work was financed by the European Commission as part of the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium’s global research program on livelihoods in conflict-affected situations. There are no conflicts of interest. Email: <email@example.com>.
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Adam Pain; Village Context and the National Solidarity Program in Afghanistan. Asian Survey 1 December 2018; 58 (6): 1066–1089. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2018.58.6.1066
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