This program will deliberately challenge and critically examine some of the core assumptions
underpinning the international intervention in Afghanistan and Pakistan. It aims to generate
a more informed and nuanced debate on the international engagement in the region, in order
to contribute to policies that better serve the needs of Afghans, Pakistanis, and the
The influx of $7.5 billion in development aid to Pakistan over
the next five years has raised a critical and contentious question: how can local NGOs be
best engaged? “Dangerous Correlations” and “Harnessing Local Capacity”
suggest that the best NGOs in Pakistan are locally-initiated and locally-funded.
However, USAID is not structured to work with these organizations because...