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18 Dec 2014 description
report World Bank

Finding a job in Afghanistan is tough, and for young women even tougher. But with well-designed skills training and shifting attitudes, that may be changing.

18 Dec 2014 description

Military operations (ongoing since June 2014) in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) in Pakistan have led to the displacement of thousands of people to surrounding districts in Paktika and Khost provinces in Afghanistan. As of 15 December 2014, 38,916 displaced families have been assessed.
Response has been ongoing since 18 June 2014

18 Dec 2014 description


  • General inflation in the region continued to slow, falling to 3.7 percent from 3.8 percent, while food price inflation was unchanged.

  • Nominal rice prices rose 7.7 percent in South Asia in October.

  • In Afghanistan retail prices for wheat and wheat flour fell by a respective 2 percent and 4.9 percent in expectation of an above-average harvest.

  • Rice prices in India rose 18 percent year-on-year.

18 Dec 2014 description

By RFE/RL's Turkmen Service

Villagers in Afghanistan's northern Jowzjan Province claim Turkmenistan is stealing their agricultural land and are threatening to attack Turkmen border guards.

Muhammad Sahi Yhsan, the chief of the Qarqeen District told RFE/RL on December 17, villagers came to him to complain about Turkmen border guards setting up posts that according to the villagers, are some 30 to 35 kilometers deep into Afghan territory.

18 Dec 2014 description


17 Dec 2014 description

12/17/2014 - 09:02 GMT

Taliban militants detonated a suicide bomb and stormed a bank in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing at least six people as the country endures a rise in violence while US-led NATO troops pull out.

The attackers forced their way inside after the bomb exploded at the entrance of the Kabul Bank branch in Lashkar Gah, the capital of the insurgency-racked province of Helmand.

17 Dec 2014 description
report Times of India

Bharti Jain,TNN | Dec 16, 2014, 10.07 PM IST

NEW DELHI: Minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh seeking refuge in India will be granted a five-year long term visa (LTV) instead of a one-year visa, based on recommendation of the state government or UT administration. Besides, powers have been delegated to the FRRO/FRO to extend a short-term visa for this category of foreign nationals for a period of six months.

16 Dec 2014 description

Snapshot 10–16 December

Iraq: 700,000 IDPs, mostly in Dahuk and Anbar governorates, are living in shelters that are not adapted for winter temperatures. 945,000 IDPs are in dire need of kerosene for heating.

Afghanistan: Kabul has been hit by at least 12 suicide attacks since early November, with more attacks also carried out elsewhere, fuelling concerns about the protection of civilians.

16 Dec 2014 description

BAAG organised and hosted the half-day Ayenda Conference on 3rd December 2015. This was the offical civil society associate event of the London Conference on Afghanistan. This report provides a brief summary of the event - its structure, attendees, content and feedback. A full report is being drafted, which is expected to be published in February 2015.

15 Dec 2014 description
report IRIN

KABUL, 15 December 2014 (IRIN) - When Shaharzad completed her law degree and announced she wanted to get a job, her younger brother did what he could to stop it. Coming from the culturally conservative Badakhshan region, the siblings had left their parents behind to move to the capital Kabul and her brother was technically the head of the household. Even still, she was determined to stand on her own feet.

15 Dec 2014 description

(December 14, 2014) Kabul, Afghanistan. The Mine Action Coordination Centre of Afghanistan (MACCA) strongly condemns yesterday’s attack in Helmand province on demining teams of Sterling Demining Afghanistan (SDA), an international demining company and implementing partner of the Mine Action Programme of Afghanistan. During the attack, militants shot dead 11 civilian deminers.

15 Dec 2014 description


  • $405 million needed for humanitarian action in Afghanistan in 2015

  • Winterization activities commenced in the Kabul Informal Settlements

  • Report provides new insight into urban poverty

  • $5 million contribution from Republic of Korea support air services and winterization to refugees

In this issue

2015 HRP launched P.1
Winter response in KIS sites P.3
Urban poverty report P.4
Humanitarian access P.6

15 Dec 2014 description
report UN Security Council


The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Mahamat Zene Cherif (Chad):

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the suicide attack on 11 December at the French Institute of Afghanistan in Kabul, which caused deaths and injuries to numerous civilians, for which the Taliban has claimed responsibility.

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims. They wished the injured a speedy recovery.

15 Dec 2014 description

Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan strongly condemned the terrorist attack, targeting a demining center in Shorabak area of Washer district in Helmand province, in which 12 deminers were killed and six others injured.

President Ghani said, “Those whose sole purpose of work is to provide people with humanitarian assistance, jeopardize their lives in order to clear public routes from mine hazards and give an opportunity for Afghan farmers to cultivate their fields without any fear, their killing is by no means justifiable.”

15 Dec 2014 description

Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, after offering Friday prayers met with a number of religious scholars, political figures, law makers, tribal elders, and social prominent figures, where he briefed them on the government undertakings and his recent overseas trips.

In this meeting the President said, “The international community has now the assurance that Afghanistan has gained the capacity to identify and seek solutions to its own problems.”

15 Dec 2014 description

The Kraman road located in Dara district of Panjshir province will be repaired and graveled by the National Rural Access Program (NRAP) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development.

The construction work of this project was officially initiated by H.E. Mohammad Tariq Ismati, MRRD’s Acting Minister and Deputy Minister for Programmes on 4th December 2014.