Afghanistan has become home to one of the largest gender-focused aid interventions in the aftermath of 9/11, with foreign aid agencies using Afghani women as a barometer of social change and political progress. Through the lens of gendered aid intervention, this book seeks to understand how the promise of freedom has largely fallen short. Topics include: the tenuous relationship between social indicators and aid dynamics; the advancing of the gender agenda through Afghanistan's 2005 parliamentary elections; and, the journey from policy formulation to interpretation to implementation through the voices of policy-makers, policy implementers, NGO leaders, and Afghanistan specialists. The final chapter highlights the voices of Afghan women and men.
Lina Abirafeh has worked in gender and development in a variety of countries and contexts, most recently in Papua New Guinea. She has published widely on her experiences.