Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

United States Foreign Assistance in Afghanistan Since 2001 and the Effects on Women
by Ganshert, Elizabeth, M.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2009, 78; 10305769
Abstract (Summary)

This project surveys United States foreign policy in Afghanistan and the effects on women since 2001. Beginning with an analysis of fund distribution and U.S. Agency for International Development project implementation, chapter one exhibits the framework and justification for aid distribution, the projects directed towards Afghan women and the outcome of the U.S. strategy. Supported by numerous governmental documents, including congressional budget justification and U.S. developmental project reports, this research demonstrates areas of humanitarian efforts that were not comprehensive and failed to impact the majority of Afghans, mainly women. Based on the information given in chapter one and corroborative interviews with Afghan women and specialists, the following section provides an alternative approach to development projects for women by presenting multiple definitions of women, encouraging a more informed U.S. policy. Projects focused on improving the areas of education, health, agriculture, and political participation have been possible because of the large amounts of funding; however, the lack of preliminary research of the target populations has greatly diminished the effectiveness of the projects. In light of the information provided in chapter two, the following section will discuss recommendations for an augmented U.S. policy in Afghanistan concerning women, intending to further educate Western perspective on the “bottom-up” approach to humanitarian aid. The text will explore feasible options for international humanitarian intervention concerning a recommitment to initial goals, organizational methods, improved use of resources, and expected outcomes.

Key words and phrases: United States Agency for International Development; Afghanistan; Humanitarian intervention; Foreign policy; Women in post-conflict states

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rahnema, Ali
Commitee: Kian, Azadeh
School: The American University of Paris (France)
Department: International Relations
School Location: France
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Womens studies, International Relations
Keywords: Afghanistan, Foreign assistance, Humanitarian intervention, United States Agency for International Development, Women
Publication Number: 10305769
ISBN: 978-1-369-49333-7
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