Research

TLO’s research and analysis section aims to fill the gap in knowledge and understanding to guide overall engagement and development initiativesin Afghanistan. Tailored to meet client needs, our research includes topic-specific research, policy relevant commentaries as well as provincial/district assessments. TLO’s research works with the “Do-no-Harm” framework and aims to increase development actors’ understanding of the conflict context. The Do-No-Harm methodology recognizes that, regardless of intent, assistance in conflict or post-conflict environments is not neutral in its impact. Aid projects and development gains that do not benefit the community as a whole can hinder reconciliation efforts, embolden spoilers, and re-ignite conflict. Adhering to the do-no-harm philosophy, TLO undertakes thorough bottom-up research in order to understand community structures, decision-making and conflict resolution mechanisms prior to engagement.