The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) is an independent research institute based in Kabul. AREU's mission is to promote a culture of research and learning and inform and influence policy and practice by conducting high-quality, policy-relevant research and disseminating the results.
To achieve its mission AREU engages with policymakers, civil society, researchers and students to promote their use of AREU's research and its library, to strengthen their research capacity and to create opportunities for analysis, reflection and debate.
As an impartial Afghanistan-based voice AREU aspires to contribute to the development of inclusive and transparent policymaking processes that are driven by the priorities of the Afghan people. In the long term they hope this will give rise to better informed policies and programmes which will improve the lives of people in Afghanistan.
AREU’s Afghanistan Research Newsletter has been published quarterly since March 2004. The newsletter provides information on recent research projects and also lists new publications from AREU as well as other sources (Afghan government agencies, NGOs, UN agencies, individual scholars etc.) relevant to researchers working on Afghanistan. It also includes sources in Dari and Pashto. All the publications listed in the newsletter are collected in the AREU’s searchable library database.