To attend in person in Washington, D.C., register at:
- Frances Brown, former Afghanistan Fellow, US Institute of Peace; former International Affairs Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
- Jeremy Pam, formerly U.S. Embassy, Kabul
- Jamie Boex, senior research associate, Urban Institute
- Charles Cadwell, director of the Urban Institute’s Center for International Development and Governance (moderator)
Although Afghanistan remains a highly centralized state, considerable emphasis is being placed on strengthening sub-national systems of service delivery and governance, and numerous efforts are underway to support these systems. In practice, however, only limited progress has been made on improving either the effectiveness or the inclusiveness of subnational governance and public services.
As international military forces are set to draw down in 2014 and the international development community is increasingly handing the responsibility for public service delivery over to the Afghan public sector, agreement on a realistic approach to minimally effective subnational governance, financing and service delivery arrangements remains urgent.
Please join the Urban Institute and the U.S. Institute of Peace for presentations and a panel discussion on the importance and the evolving role of local governance and intergovernmental finance in Afghanistan, including options for the way forward. In addition, the panel will consider lessons from Afghanistan on the role of subnational governance for other post-conflict countries.
Following brief presentations by the panelists, we welcome your participation in a question and answer session.
A light lunch will be provided.