New Berghof project in North-East Afghanistan


In April 2014 Berghof Foundation launched a new project “Patronage and Corruption in Afghanistan”. The project is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and investigates variation in the forms and frequency of corruption and how this variation affects governance output.

By using a mixed qualitative/quantitative research approach, we intend to describe, measure and understand fluctuations in forms and extent of corruption on the level of the Afghan district. We suggest that the above mentioned differences are the result of different constellations of informal local institutions, in particular the forms of patronage and the quality of the system of grassroots representative development councils (CDC shuras).

The project also contributes to the wider debate on how to tackle corruption during interventions in conflict states without further destabilising instable peace accords.

Our main cooperation partners are Michael Daxner and Jan Koehler from SFB 700’s C9 project (Impact of Interventions in Afghanistan) and Beatriz Magaloni from Stanford University (Department of Political Science and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies). Our partner in Afghanistan is the Mazar-e Sharif-based NGO and think tank, the Afghan Human Rights Research and Advocacy Organisation (AHRRAO).