The World Bank in Afghanistan: Quarterly country update - Jan 2010

News and Press Release
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Key highlights to date:

- By January 2010, the World Bank had 24 active projects in Afghanistan with net commitments of over US$886 million.

- IFC now has an investment portfolio totaling more than $90 million in six companies.

- Since early 2002, 31 donors have contributed over US$3.4 billion (as of November 21, 2009), making ARTF the largest contributor to the Afghan budget for both operating costs and development programs.

- Over 34,812 rural infrastructure projects were completed under the oversight of community development councils.

- More than 434,000 needy people (about sixty percent of them women) benefited from microfinance services in 27 provinces.

- Over 9,524 Community School Shuras have been established to oversee the rehabilitation or construction of school buildings and the provision of quality inputs such as teaching and learning materials.

- Eleven partnerships have been formed between five Afghan universities and eight established overseas universities to progressively restore basic operations at universities in Afghanistan.

- In 18 provinces, the number of health facilities has nearly tripled since 2003 from 148 to 421.

- Around 20,000 community health workers-half of them women-have been trained and deployed throughout the country.

- Health service utilization increased among project area populations from an annual rate of 0.3 consultations per capita at the outset to 1.64 per capita by the mid 2009.

- Customs revenues increased by more than 700 percent in Solar Year 1387 (2008/09).