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Achieving Development Progress

Continued international aid, including through the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), is vital to create better lives for millions of Afghans and sustain development gains.

Here are some of the projects that have helped make a real difference toward achieving a more prosperous, inclusive, and peaceful Afghanistan. #ProtectTheGains #Afghanistan2020

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Nov 23, 2020

Afghanistan’s Progress Was Made Possible with International Support

President Ashraf Ghani makes the case to the international community to protect the valuable investments and development gains made in Afghanistan, notably through ARTF and supplemental IDA.

Nov 18, 2020

Seizing the Chance for Peace and Prosperity in Afghanistan

The Afghanistan 2020 conference is an opportunity for international donors to pledge future support—current aid levels expire at the end of 2020—and reaffirm their commitment to the Afghan people.

Nov 10, 2020

Supporting Inclusive Growth in Afghanistan

Despite daunting challenges compounded by COVID-19, Afghanistan has maintained macroeconomic stability, created conditions for recovery, and demonstrated significant progress in human development.

women's economic empowerment

Afghanistan's Future Starts by Investing in Women

Under the Citizens' Charter Program, thousands of Afghan women have seized the opportunity to play an active role in local development and governance.

women's economic empowerment

Afghan Women Turn Entrepreneurs Thanks to Local Savings Association

More than 67,000 rural Afghan women have accessed individual loans to start businesses, become financially independent and can now support their families.


End Poverty Day: A critical time to support Afghanistan's poorest

Afghanistan is facing a rapid increase in poverty and hardship due to COVID-19. International aid is critical to establish a foundation for a resilient recovery and resume progress in eliminating poverty.

Human capital

Afghanistan Needs to Invest in its People—Now More Than Ever

Today, more Afghans have access to primary healthcare in their neighborhood. But Afghanistan still has long ways to go to realize its full human capital potential, especially in health and education.


Additional School Building Improves Learning Environment

In Nangarhar province, thousands of Afghan students can now learn better since they moved from tents into a concrete school building.

women's economic empowerment

Helping Afghan Women Access Identification Cards

Women’s low ownership of national identity documents is a critical gender gap in Afghanistan. The World Bank, in collaboration with the Government of Afghanistan, aims to reduce this gap

women's economic empowerment

Kitchen Gardening Activities Empower Thousands of Unskilled Women in ...

Thousands of women in Nangarhar Province have learned new horticultural skills that can help them support themselves and their families.


Kabul Clinic Improves Health for Mothers, their Children, and the Community

Established in 2016, a comprehensive health center in Kabul city welcomes about 3,000 patients a month, some of them from other provinces.

rural development

Rural Villages on the Road to a Better Life in Kandahar Province

Thousands of villagers in Daman district, Kandahar province have easier access to health care, schools and markets, improving their quality of life.


Rehabilitated Roads Boost Development in Rural District

Thousands of villagers enjoy better road access and connectivity thanks to the Afghanistan Rural Access Project supported by the World Bank and Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund.


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Changing Lives in Afghanistan

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In Depth

Oct 27, 2020

Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund: Rebuilding Together

An overview of the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), a multi-donor trust fund that coordinates international aid to create better lives for millions of Afghans.

Apr 27, 2020

Country Update April 2020- The World Bank Group in Afghanistan

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Afghanistan Development Update

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Open Data on Afghanistan

The World Bank provides free and open access to a comprehensive set of data about development in countries around the globe