In 2014, the QoL Assessment Programme was expanded into the QoL Monitoring, Evaluation and Research (MER) Support Unit with a broader remit to support strategic, mission-oriented MER across AKDN in addition to conducting QoL assessments. A QoL Technical Working Group (TWG) was also established in order to promote coordination and efficiency in MER across AKDN. The group comprises representatives of AKDN agencies who have knowledge and experience of MER relating to the strategic objectives of their respective agency.
QoL Unit Publications:
Kanji N., Sherbut G., Fararoon, R., and Hatcher J.. 2012. “Improving Quality of Life in Remote Mountain Communities: Looking Beyond Market-led Approaches in Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan.” Mountain Research and Development. 32 (3): 353-363. http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-12-00012.1
Sherbut G. and Kanji, N. 2014. “One size does not fit all: choosing methods to inform area development.” Development in Practice. 23(8): 950-962. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09614524.2013.841863
Sherbut, G., Kanji N., and Hatcher J. 2015. “Linking past and future: cross-border development and quality of life in the Badakhshans.” Central Asian Survey. 34(2): 255-271. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02634937.2014.976948
QoL Unit-supported Case Studies:
The West Nile Rural Electrification Company (WENRECo), a public-private partnership formed in 2003 by the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), invested in a hydropower station that now provides clean, reliable and affordable electricity to Uganda’s Arua district 24 hours a day. This impact assessment, undertaken in 2015, shows positive results in key economic and social development sectors and illustrates how people’s lives have changed for the better as a result of this investment.
PamirEnergy, a public-private partnership formed by the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), began exporting energy from Tajikistan to Afghan Badakhshan in 2008. This innovative, cross-border programme continues to bring electricity to an increasing number of communities, many of which had never had access to reliable and affordable energy. This report provides a summary of interviews that were conducted in 2012 to examine the impact of AKDN’s cross-border energy programme on different aspects of people’s lives. Improvements were documented in the following thematic areas: (1) women, workload and home life, (2) health and health care, (3) economic development, (4) education and (5) community life and government.