AREU (Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit)
Alcis regularly contribute to reports published by AREU, providing geographic information that supports the research and analysis of initiatives such as poppy reduction in Helmand, Afghanistan.
The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) is an independent research institute based in Kabul. AREU's mission is to inform and inﬂuence policy and practice through conducting high quality, policy-relevant research and actively disseminating the results, and to promote a culture of research and learning.
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.
In May 2013, AREU published a case study titled 'A Little Bit Poppy-free and a Little Bit Eradicated: Opium poppy cultivation in Balkh and Badakhshan Provinces in 2011-2012'.
The report recognises Alcis for contributing map products that provide better understanding of the key provinces of interest, Balkh and Badakhshan.
Alcis produced map outputs by using GIS (geographic information systems) to generate a number of regional maps visualising province and district centres, terrain, road and rail networks, rivers and more.
The report written by Paul Fishstein, is based on field research carried out in May 2012. It focuses on individual household decision-making and the economic, social, and political contexts in which those decisions are made, placing opium poppy cultivation in the broader livelihoods, governance, and political context.
Click on the following link to download the 'A Little Bit Poppy-free and a Little Bit Eradicated...' report or go to the AREU website.
In January 2013, AREU published a report written by David Mansfield titled, 'All Bets are Off! Prospects for (B)reaching Agreements and Drug Control in Helmand and Nangarhar in the run up to Transition'
The report highlights Alcis contribution by stating that, "the mapping and geospatial products that Alcis provide are a fundamental part of the diagnostic work used for identifying appropriate research sites and further exploring the results of data collection on the ground."
It goes on to say that, "..while data collected through remote sensing and ground surveys offer valuable insights on current developments in rural Afghanistan, far more is understood about why particular events occur by integrating both methods throughout the entire research cycle."
The report is written by David Mansfield, an independant consultant who has been working in Afghanistan since 1991. Drawing on in-depth fieldwork in the provinces of Helmand and Nangarhar, this report reveals expert analysis of issues pertaining to cultivation during the 2011 to 2012 growing season.