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31 Mar 2008 description


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.

31 Aug 2007 description


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.