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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
- IOM: Returns to Afghanistan in 2018: Joint IOM-UNHCR Summary Report [EN/Dari/Pashto]. 25 Jun 2019
- IOM: Return of Undocumented Afghans - Weekly Situation Report (16-22 June 2019). 25 Jun 2019
- OCHA: Afghanistan: Integrated Drought Response, May 2019. 24 Jun 2019
- DFID: Helpdesk Report: K4D - Agriculture in Afghanistan – economic sustainability and subsector viability. 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
Afghanistan has come out of a decades-long intermittent period of armed conflict which has severely limited the capacity and the ability of the state to provide services to meet even the most basic needs of the population. With an average per capita GDP of less than US $200 Afghanistan was in 2001 one of the poorest countries in the world, with its formal institutions and infrastructure virtually destroyed.
Since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, the people of Afghanistan have had high expectations about gaining access to improved social services. However, despite high levels of foreign assistance, the government's capacity to deliver these services remains very limited. This has led to some innovations in service delivery models, often using private and non-governmental agents (e.g., in health and through NSP). Five years on, this is now a good time to assess the effectiveness of these different models, to see whether they could be extended into other areas (e.g.