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The teacher salary system in Afghanistan

April Golden

This case study, which was undertaken as a desk-based rapid review of recent publicly available English-language literature (academic and grey), provides an overview of the teacher remuneration system in Afghanistan, with particular attention paid to the institutional systems, or ‘cogs’, which work together to enable teachers to be paid adequately and on time.

The case study is meant to give a clear understanding of how such a system actually works (or is prevented from working) in a unique country context and is framed by the issues discussed in the larger policy paper (Dolan et al., 2012), which examines teacher remuneration in countries that are affected by fragility and/or conflict and provides potential solutions to address the challenges that governments and donors face in developing and implementing an effective system. The case study was completed during the first half of 2011, so any developments that have taken place or been documented since then have not been referenced.