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Thompson -- Winning ‘hearts and minds’ in Afghanistan : assessing... -- 2010

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Author Thompson, Edwina.
Title Winning ‘hearts and minds’ in Afghanistan : assessing the effectiveness of development aid in COIN operations : report on Wilton Park Conference 1022, Thursday 11-Sunday 14 March 2010 / [summary prepared by Edwina Thompson].
Imprint Steyning, West Sussex, United Kingdom: Wilton Park, 2010.
Physical Description 21 p. ; 30 cm.
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Summary: “Development aid is becoming an increasingly important tool to ‘win hearts and minds’ and promote stability in counter-insurgency (COIN) operations. Given its centrality to current COIN doctrine and strategy, there is still a surprisingly weak evidence base for the effectiveness of aid in promoting stabilisation and security objectives. The main purpose of this conference was to bring together leading academics, policymakers, military personnel and civilian practitioners to explore what evidence does exist. The conference participants were presented with the findings of recent field research conducted by academics on the relationship between aid and security, listened to military and civilian practitioners regarding their experiences implementing stabilisation projects, and heard from policymakers regarding the implications of the evidence for COIN and development policies.” (Summary, p. 1). Six key points raised (p. 1-3) were: 1. Current stabilization strategies are based on entrenched and other questionable assumptions; 2. The implementation of COIN Doctrine has not adequately addressed political issues; 3. Effectively designed and delivered development aid does seem to have some stabilization benefits at a tactical level, but not at a strategic level; 4. Less is often more, too much aid can be destabilizing; 5. Aid seems to be losing rather than winning hearts and minds in Afghanistan; 6.Strengthening provincial and district governance systems and fostering effective and transparent Afghan leadership which connects to Kabul is key.
Subject Headings Afghan War, 2001- – Congresses.
Humanitarian assistance – Afghanistan – Evaluation – Congresses.
Peace-building – Afghanistan – Evaluation – Congresses..
Economic assistance – Afghanistan – Evaluation – Congresses.
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Accession Number 14015
Language English
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