Appeals & Response Plans
Maps & Infographics
Headlines (last 30 days)
- DFID: More than five million Afghans will receive emergency life-saving UK aid. 17 Jun 2019
- UNICEF: Afghanistan sees three-fold increase in attacks on schools in one year – UNICEF. 28 May 2019
Most read reports
- DFID: Helpdesk Report: K4D - Agriculture in Afghanistan – economic sustainability and subsector viability. 24 Jun 2019
- OCHA: Afghanistan: Integrated Drought Response, May 2019. 24 Jun 2019
- UN GA: The situation in Afghanistan and its implications for international peace and security - Report of the Secretary General (A/73/902–S/2019/493). 18 Jun 2019
- UNHCR: UNHCR Afghanistan Operational Fact Sheet, 31 May 2019. 23 Jun 2019
- DFID: Over five million Afghans to receive emergency life-saving UK aid. 17 Jun 2019
In 2016, the World Bank Group stepped up its engagement in situations of conflictinduced forced displacement at the global and country levels and adopted a new approach to its engagement that recognizes displacement as a development challenge that must be addressed to attain the World Bank Group’s twin goals.
Since fiscal year 2016, the Bank Group’s analytical, financial, and operational support has become more aligned with its stated development approach building on lessons from past engagements. This is an important shift.
Residents of four villages in Kabul province faced a hopeless situation several times year when heavy rains brought flooding, destroying crops and access to essential services.
A recently completed river bank protection flood wall, built with support from the Irrigation Restoration and Development Project, now protects farms and homes against the floods, giving stability to livelihoods and unimpeded access to services.
Years of war ruined a government farm that worked to produce improved wheat seeds to benefit Afghanistan’s agricultural production.
Technical and financial support from the Afghanistan Agricultural Inputs Project is helping the farm recover its output of high quality seeds that produce climate-adapted, high-yielding crops resistant to disease and pest.
Continuing uncertainties and security threats resulted in deceleration of growth and increase in fiscal pressures. However, Afghanistan has maintained macroeconomic stability, created conditions for a recovery and demonstrated significant progress in human development, for example, in 2017, approximately 8.5 million youth and children were enrolled in general education schools, representing a nine-fold growth since 2001, while the under-five mortality rate dropped 34 percent from 2003.
Food insecure households in a district in Kabul Province have found relief in community grain banks, which are being set up across the country.
Over 4,000 grain banks, philanthropic community food reserves, have been set up under the Citizens’ Charter Afghanistan Project.
The project is supported by government funds, the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund, and the International Development Association, the World Bank Group’s fund for the poorest countries.
For years, a lack of irrigation water contributed to poor harvests in several villages in Samangan Province.
Samangan farmers report that their lives changed after the Irrigation Restoration Development Project rehabilitated their main irrigation canal, regularizing their water supply and boosting agricultural yields and family income.
The World Bank and Ministry of Finance of Afghanistan, today signed a new financial package totaling $325 million in grants to strengthen economic and job opportunities in cities with a high influx of displaced people. Also the grant will support selected provincial capital cities to enhance service delivery, and strengthen the capacity of selected line ministries.
By Federica Ranghieri and Ankur Nagar
World Bank, Jan 22
Imagine you live in Afghanistan. There’s a 7 in 10 chance that your livelihood depends on agriculture. In this mountainous country, with mean elevation of 1,884 meters (higher than Chile), it is likely that your farm is in a river valley surrounded by a rugged landscape.
Hydrological and meteorological (hydromet) data collection and analysis in Afghanistan started in the late 1940s and mid-1950s, respectively. The hydrometric network expanded rapidly in the 1960s and 1970s, reaching a peak of 150 in 1980, and the meteorological network had a similar trajectory. Two decades of war, however, brought instability and insecurity that reduced public resources, capacities, collaboration, and coordination.
In Nangarhar province, thousands of Afghan students can now learn better since they moved from tents into a concrete school building.
The school was built thanks to contributions from the community and support from the Ministry of Education’s Education Quality Improvement Program.
The program, which closed in 2017, aimed to increase equitable access to quality education across Afghanistan.
Thousands of Afghans in Nangarhar province have benefited from better health services and facilities under the SEHAT program.
Implemented in the Kama District Hospital, the program provided a package of basic health services to patients and helped health personnel upgrade their skills.
The Kama District Hospital is one of 100 health facilities that provided health services in sometimes challenging circumstances.
Farmers in a village in Balkh Province had poor harvests and low earnings as their irrigation system leaked and wasted precious water.
Rebuilding a section of the main irrigation canal helped reduce water seepage and increased farmers’ hopes for better harvests.
Supported by a grant from the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund, this project aims to improve agricultural productivity and water efficiency.
Thousands of people in rural communities in Nangarhar Province have become self-sufficient farmers and business owners.
By supporting poultry and fish farming, the National Horticulture and Livestock Project helps poor families make a living.
The project helps farmers improve their production practices and reaches beyond Nangarhar province. The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock currently implements the project in 291 districts spread across 33 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces.
$403 million grant for improving education sector and women’s economic empowerment
KABUL, October 23, 2018 — Afghanistan and the World Bank today signed new grant agreements worth $403 million to finance improvements in primary, secondary and higher education as well as advancing the economic and social standing of rural women.
World Bank News Release: Grant Summary
WASHINGTON, September 28, 2018 - The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved the following project:
EQRA (Education) Project
IDA Grant: US$100 million
ARTF Grant: US$100 million
GPE Grant: US$98 million
Project ID: P159378
Project Description: The project aims to increase equitable access to primary and secondary education, particularly for girls, in selected lagging provinces, and to improve learning conditions in Afghanistan.
Investing in Nutrition for a Better Future in Afghanistan
Afghanistan stands to gain enormous benefits by improving nutrition and reducing malnutrition, which can help boost its economic growth, productivity, and human capital development.
An increase in harvest and income coupled with reduced water-related conflicts are the tangible results of the rehabilitation of an irrigation scheme serving three villages in Nangarhar province.
The rehabilitation, carried out under the Irrigation Restoration and Development Project, benefits thousands of villagers through more efficient water management and usage.
The project supports the rehabilitation of irrigation schemes, serving some 215,000 hectares of land, across the country.
Education has been at the forefront of the political battles and conflicts that have plagued Afghanistan over the past few decades.
Changing political ideologies have taken a toll on all students as the entire Afghan education system including its staff, buildings, curricula, and attendance, was wiped out.
The current Afghan government has made service delivery a priority to promote social cohesion and trust in public institutions and pave the way for growth and jobs.
But despite these efforts, Afghanistan has been experiencing increased fragility.
Afghanistan has experienced slow growth since 2014, with the draw-down of international security forces, accompanying reductions in international grants, and a worsening security situation (growth has averaged 2.3 percent between 2014-2017).
Following a period of political instability after the 2014 elections, the economy has slowly regained momentum as reforms have been implemented and confidence restored. From a low of 1.5 percent in 2015, real GDP growth accelerated to 2.3 percent in 2016, and is estimated at 2.7 percent for 2017.