British & Irish Agencies Afghanistan Group (baag)
Source description last updated: 12 September 2018

In brief: The British & Irish Agencies Afghanistan Group (BAAG) is a British and Irish umbrella organisation founded in 1987 with the objective of improving the efficiency of aid organisations in Afghanistan.

Coverage on
Monthly reports, other reports.
Covered quarterly on, for Afghanistan.

“BAAG is a unique advocacy and networking agency which aims to support humanitarian and development programmes in Afghanistan.” (BAAG website: About us, undated)

“We seek to put our vision into practice by:
Bringing member agencies and the wider relief and development community together to advocate continued international commitment to the development of Afghanistan; Sharing of information and knowledge to improve policy debate and decision making processes with a particular emphasis on ensuring that those processes reflect the views, needs and aspirations of the Afghan people; To enhance the abilities of Afghan civil society in influencing national and international policies on Afghanistan.” (BAAG website: What we do, undated)

“BAAG’s vison is for a just and peaceful Afghanistan where all citizens are able to fulfil their potential, enjoy economic and social rights, and play an active part in the development and governance of their country.” (BAAG: BAAG trustee report and accounts 2015, 2015, p.3

Its mission statement says: “BAAG works with member agencies and others to contribute to an environment where Afghans can take control of their own development and bring about a just and peaceful society.” (BAAG: BAAG trustee report and accounts 2015, 2015, p.3)

“The objectives of BAAG are the advancement of any charitable purposes for the relief of poverty, distress and hardship among the people of Afghanistan and refugees from Afghanistan, in particular by promoting the effectiveness and efficiency of the voluntary sector organisations and other institutions that are involved in the delivery of humanitarian and development aid. […]
BAAG is committed to the principles of: Primacy of Afghan ownership; [r]ights-based and pro-poor policy programmes; [w]orking in partnership with counterparts in the UK, Europe and Afghanistan; [e]vidence-based policy and good practice; [i]ndependence and impartiality; [a]ccountability and transparency” (BAAG: BAAG trustee report and accounts 2015, 2015, p.3f)

BAAG provides “key reports and briefing papers on Afghanistan from NGOs, think tanks, and governmental bodies.” Their “aim is to provide a solid core of interesting and accurate information on Afghanistan of interest to the British and Afghan public, as well as decision makers, academics, and the international aid community.” (BAAG website: Resources, undated)

“BAAG has a strong relationship with the British and Irish governments, and has received funding from the Department for International Development, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Irish Aid.” (BAAG website: Who we work with, undated

In 2015, “BAAG received the majority of its financial support -  £165,267 – from the Department of International Development with additional contributions during the London Conference on Afghanistan amounting to £44,607. Members provided a further £22,535 and a gift in kind from CAFOD in relation to the provision of office space, contributed towards the balance.” (BAAG:  BAAG trustee report and accounts 2015, 2015p.13)

BAAG’s total funds of 2015 were £58,604. (BAAG: BAAG trustee report and accounts 2015, 2015)

Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: Afghanistan.
Thematic focus: Humanitarian issues, health & education, human rights, peacebuilding, civil society, development & governance, women & girls.

On-site and desk research.
“We have partnered with a number of leading think tanks and academic institutes to facilitate debate and research. Recent collaborations have included Chatham House, the Humanitarian Policy Group of the Overseas Development Institute and the London School of Economics. […]
When our staff conduct their regular trips to Afghanistan they meet with ministers and representatives of the Government of Afghanistan, with senior officials of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and with NATO.” (BAAG website: Who we work with, undated)

BAAG’s monthly report “is developed based on media reports.” (BAAG: Afghanistan in June 2017, July 2017p. 2)

For the report on women’s security “[…] data and other information from secondary sources were used for the overview in the introduction to this report and the generation of graphs in the introduction and analysis sections. The primary data was collected through interviews with 271 individuals (mostly female), 28 focus group discussions with females, and a quantitative survey completed by a total of 390 focus group participants […].” (BAAG: Afghanistan: Monitoring Women’s Security in Transition; Cycle 3, May 2014, p. 17)

The findings of the report “Afghanistan in the British Print Media” “are drawn from a Nexis UK search, a content analysis and interviews conducted with key journalists reporting on Afghanistan. […] The search included all UK newspapers to ensure both national and regional coverage was captured. […] Content analysis was understood as a qualitative method documenting the perspectives made available to the public by the British print media. The analysis coded the 264 articles related to ‘aid and development’ in 2013. […] The study interviewed seven key journalists reporting on Afghanistan.” (BAAG website: Afghanistan in the British Print Media, June 2014)

Language(s) of publications:
English; some reports are also published in Dari

Further reading / links:
BAAG Final accounts to 31 March 2016:
All links accessed 25 September 2017 summary:
All documents available on from this source