- Report of the Secretary-General on the situation in Afghanistan and its implications for international peace and security (A/69/647–S/2014/876)
- OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 34, 1 - 30 Nov 2014
- UNHCR Volrep and Border Monitoring Monthly Update (Nov 2014)
Appeals & Funding
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed an agreement on 3 November to provide $56.6 million in emergency assistance grants for the reconstruction of irrigation and rural roads after heavy damage from severe flooding earlier this year. The grant will be used in 15 provinces in northern Afghanistan.
MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing a $40 million emergency assistance grant to assist with the reconstruction of irrigation and rural road infrastructure at 15 provinces in northern Afghanistan that suffered heavy damage from severe flooding earlier this year.
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – The governments of Japan, United Kingdom (UK), and the United States (US) will continue their support for improving and maintaining Afghanistan’s key roads, power plants, and other infrastructure by providing an additional $286 million to the Afghanistan Infrastructure Trust Fund (AITF).
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao has completed a visit to Afghanistan during which he reassured the country of the Bank’s continued support during and beyond the current period of transition.
The country, emerging from decades of conflict, faces many challenges, including the withdrawal of most U.S. and NATO forces. By 2015 Afghan forces will be largely responsible for security.
Whether it's the Philippines, which recently experienced the strongest storm recorded, or Japan, which was devastated by the tsunami and earthquake in 2011 - the tragedies affecting these countries serve as a call to risk-prone countries throughout Asia and the Pacific to build and vigilantly maintain resilience to catastrophes.
MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Government of Japan are providing fresh support to help some of Afghanistan’s poorest farmers cut crop losses and raise incomes.
During the 10th replenishment of the Asian Development Fund (ADF XI), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and ADF donors agreed to pilot the Disaster Response Facility (DRF) in the ADF XI period, 2013–2016. ADB will report on the implementation progress of the DRF at the ADF XI midterm review, and discuss the future of the DRF with the ADB Board of Directors and ADF donors at the ADF XII negotiations.
MANILA, PHILIPPINES – A new irrigation project in northern Afghanistan will improve livelihoods and boost crop yields in poor, rural communities, with a $10 million grant from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) to rehabilitate at least 120 small scale irrigation systems.
The project will take place in the provinces of Baghlan, Balkh, Ghor and Samangan and involve close cooperation with communities to tap their labor and local knowledge.
TOKYO, JAPAN – At today’s Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) reiterated its commitment to the country’s long-term development, including a $1.2 billion indicative assistance program through 2016.
“The Asian Development Bank has successfully worked with the Government of Afghanistan for more than a decade on a range of projects that have directly benefited millions of the country’s people,” ADB President Haruhiko Kuroda said at the conference. “We are firmly committed to staying engaged in Afghanistan’s development efforts.”
ADB Assistance to Developing Asia Tops $21.7 Billion in 2011
MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved $21.72 billion in financing operations last year, a 14.5% increase on ADB’s previous year’s financing, according to its 2011 Annual Report, released ahead of the organization’s 45th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors, to be held from 2 to 5 May in Manila, Philippines.
I. SUMMARY OF ARTF ACTIVITIES IN SY1390
In this first section of the ARTF Annual Report we review key ARTF activities from SY1390, including donor contributions, commitments and disbursements. We also take a look at the status of the ARTF portfolio under the framework of the Financing Strategy and look towards SY1391.
- Donor Contributions
By the end of SY1390 the ARTF has generated a total of US$5.3 billion since its inception in SY1381 in aggregate contributions.
BANGKOK, THAILAND – Climate change will cause an upward surge in migration this century, and governments in disaster-prone Asia-Pacific nations must promptly enact a broad range of measures to stave off future humanitarian crises, according to a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report released today.
Description South Asia is arguably the most vulnerable region to increasing food inflation given the large segment of the population living below or near the poverty line. This paper deals with the problems related to food price inflation in South Asia in a comprehensive manner. It presents an in-depth empirical analysis of the possible factors that could explain the increase in food inflation, and discusses the impact of food price inflation on poverty and macroeconomic stability in South Asia.
14 December 2011 - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved the following technical assistance:
Description: The project will help Afghan commercial banks and microfinance institutions expand their presence and increase access to finance in rural areas. It will also include support for the development of Islamic finance products. A lack of access to finance is undermining livelihood opportunities in rural areas where 75% of the population lives, of which more than 45% live below the national poverty line.
An ADB project that is developing policy and financing responses to environmental migration has determined that climate change will increase forced migration due to environmental disruptions in Asia and the Pacific. However, the adoption of timely policies and programs can convert such migration from a threat into an opportunity to promote improved livelihoods and sustainable development. The project emphasizes the importance of boosting the capacity and resilience of vulnerable communities.
MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved $754 million in assistance to rebuild Afghanistan’s shattered road and rail network, bringing to more than $1.7 billion the amount it has contributed to reconstruction of the country’s infrastructure over the past decade.
The multitranche financing facility (MFF) approved by ADB’s Board of Directors on Tuesday will upgrade hundreds of kilometers of priority roads and fund construction of new facilities to complement the recently completed train line connecting the northern hub of Mazar-e-Sharif and Uzbekistan.
Conflict and Disaster
As noted in the discussion of the Sri Lanka irrigation project above, cofinancing provides an important tool for rebuilding basic infrastructure in countries recovering from prolonged military conflict.
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Afghanistan's Minister of Finance later this week will sign two agreements totaling more than $340 million that will lead to the completion of Afghanistan's vital Ring Road and to improvements in the power sector.
The agreements will be signed in Kabul by Minister of Finance Omar Zakhilwal and Robert Rinker, ADB's Afghanistan Country Director.
A $340 million ADB grant will fund construction of 233 km of road connecting the towns of Qaisar, Bala Murghab, and Laman in northwestern Afghanistan.