The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) is a Kabul-based independent research think tank established in 2002 with the assistance of the international community in Afghanistan. AREU’s mission is to inform policy and practice by conducting high-quality, evidence-based research and actively disseminating the results, and to promote a culture of research and learning. Sida has provided support to AREU for almost 20 years. AREUs strategic plan 2019-2021 with the title: “Moving Forward in a challenging environment” is coming to an end and AREU is in a phase of developing a new strategic plan for the coming years (2022-2024).
Sida has assigned Tana Copenhagen for the evaluation of AREU during the aforementioned period. The purpose of the evaluation is to provide Sida and AREU with an assessment of results and progress in the strategic plan period 2019–2021 to learn from what works well and less well. The evaluation will be used to inform decisions on how implementation may be adjusted and how to improve the use of Sida funding to successfully link it with other AREU projects to achieve the strategic plan’s goals and objectives within the given time frame.