Kabul, June 10th 2015 – The Ministry of Economy Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the World Bank today officially released the 2nd Provincial Briefs report. This report is developed based on the National Risk and Vulnerability assessment survey of 2011‐12 findings.
The Provincial Briefs report is consists of socio‐economic indicators highlighting the general welfare status across the provinces. This report consists of 37 indicators related to different dimensions of wellbeing, including poverty and inequality, food security, gender disparity, labor market with sector wise employment, access to education, health as well as services.
The motivations behind preparation of this Provincial Briefs report are; 1‐ Availability of statistics is very important for monitoring the impact of development interventions. 2‐ Disaggregated statistics at the subnational level is very important in Afghanistan. 3‐ Provincial Briefs provide a tool to assess progress and better target interventions at the provincial level.
H.E Abdul Satar Murad, Minister of Economy stated that “the provincial briefs report confirms that the outcomes of the development activities across provinces are significantly dissimilar”. For instance, the poverty rate varies from 3.6 percent in Farah Province compare to 65.4 percent in Takhar Province. Similarly, the 2.8 percent calorie deficiency in Maidan Wardak province is significantly lower compared to 82.2 percent in Zabul Province. There are also signs of variances in the assessment of indicators across the provinces such as access to education and health as well as access to services. Definitely, these findings provide opportunities for efficient and more direct planning and targeting.
H.E. Abdul Satar Murad Minister of Economy added that the provincial briefs report is an important contribution for ensuring a balance and more equal socio‐economic development across the provinces.
The Ministry of Economy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the World Bank wish to take this opportunity to express appreciation to the Central Statistics Organization, and international community partners, who contributed to the development of this report. In particular, they thank the government institutions, particularly the Ministries of Rural Rehabilitation and Development; Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock; Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled; Public Health; Education; and European Union (EU), UK department for international development (DFID), and the World Food Program (WFP) for their technical support.
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